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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 2004 (USA)
A young and truth seeking boy travels to an isolated lake, where an old Buddhist master lives on a small floating temple.

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Old Monk (as Young-soo Oh)
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Adult Monk
Young-min Kim ...
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Jae-kyeong Seo ...
Yeo-jin Ha ...
Jong-ho Kim ...
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Jeong-yeong Kim ...
The Girl's Mother (as Jung-young Kim)
Dae-han Ji ...
Detective Ji
Min Choi ...
Detective Choi
Ji-a Park ...
The Baby's Mother
Min-Young Song ...
The Baby

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In the midst of the Korean wilderness, a Buddhist master patiently raises a young boy to grow up in wisdom and compassion, through experience and endless exercises. Once the pupil discovers his sexual lust, he seems lost to contemplative life and follows his first love, but soon fails to adapt to the modern world, gets in jail for a crime of passion and returns to the master in search of spiritual redemption and reconciliation with karma, at a high price of physical catharsis... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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28 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring  »

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Opening Weekend:

$42,561 (USA) (2 April 2004)

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$2,380,788 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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The inscription on the floor is "The Heart Sutra", one of the most important Sutra of Mahayana Buddhism, written in literary Chinese. See more »

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After the cops take the young adult monk away and the old monk is standing on the monastery watching, a fine monofilament can be seen pulling the boat, which is ostensibly floating on the current, back to the monastery. See more »

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Old Monk: Didn't you know beforehand how the world of men is? Sometimes we have to let go of the things we like. What you like, others will also like."
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Jeongseon Arirang
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Performed by Kim Young Im
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I was left speechless by this movie
18 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film left me speechless, and I still have a hard time putting how I feel about this movie into words. After seeing it the first time in the theater, my friend and I couldn't bring ourselves to say a word to each other...not even in the car on the ride back. The second time I saw it, after purchasing it, another friend and I walked around the campus for half an hour in silence. The third time, a friend and I sat in silence in her room for an hour after the movie was over. This film is that profound, touching, and moving.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...Spring is the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. Visually it is fantastic, though several films surpass it in this aspect. However, the film manages to speak directly to the soul (or...failing to believe in the soul...something deep inside anyone watching it), and this is where it's beauty lies. Parts are so affecting that a painful nostalgia for a place you never knew overwhelms you.

I am sorry I cannot be more helpful...the quality that makes this movie so wonderful is well beyond words for me.


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