This movie depicts the dark side of Buddhism. I don't mean anything so cliched as monks driven mad by spiritual rights, jumping headfirst into the most grotesque hedony imaginable. "A Little Monk" goes into much more ambiguous territory, by giving us characters who don't actually seem to like Buddhism all that much, and yet they appear to have been forced into the faith by circumstance and don't really have any way of getting out.
The elderly master of the temple (played by Oh Yeong-soo) isn't really much help either. The man lacks any sense of charm and has difficulty dealing with the general incompetence of his chargers in regards to spiritual matters. The alarming part of this being that the main character of the movie is just a child. A child who, for a lifetime of spiritual training, is nonetheless fairly ignorant of the Buddhist precepts