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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring -- This film takes place in an isolated lake, where an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him that teaches to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring -- This film takes place in an isolated lake, where an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him that teaches to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.

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Writer:
Ki-duk Kim (writer)
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Release Date:
19 September 2003 (South Korea) See more »
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Plot:
On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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12 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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SYMBOLISM AND MEANING See more (139 total) »

Cast

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Yeong-su Oh ... Old Monk (as Young-soo Oh)

Ki-duk Kim ... Adult Monk
Young-min Kim ... Young Adult Monk
Jae-kyeong Seo ... Boy Monk
Yeo-jin Ha ... The Girl
Jong-ho Kim ... Child Monk
Jung-young Kim ... The Girl's Mother
Dae-han Ji ... Detective Ji
Min Choi ... Detective Choi
Ji-a Park ... The Baby's Mother
Min-Young Song ... The Baby

Directed by
Ki-duk Kim 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ki-duk Kim  writer

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... co-producer
Soma Chung .... executive producer
Raimond Goebel .... co-producer
Dong-Joo Kim .... producer
So-hee Kim .... co-producer
Seung-jae Lee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ji-woong Park 
 
Cinematography by
Dong-hyeon Baek 
 
Film Editing by
Ki-duk Kim 
 
Costume Design by
Min-Hee Kim 
 
Sound Department
Stephan Konken .... sound re-recording mixer
Bon-seung Ku .... sound
Richard Welsh .... dolby sound consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong sexuality
Runtime:
103 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:18A (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Czech Republic:15 | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-15 (original rating) | Finland:K-11 (re-rating) | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:16 | Italy:T | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:MG6 | Norway:11 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The inscription on the floor is "The Heart Sutra", one of the most important Sutra of Mahayana Buddhism, written in literary Chinese.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the young monk finishes inscribing the Heart Sutra on the floor and falls down exhausted, the inscriptions below him change between shots (even though he is lying motionless). In one shot, the inscriptions he is lying on have been painted; and as he wakes up, the paint is gone.See more »
Quotes:
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."See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Arirang (2011)See more »

FAQ

What is the Korean song played while the monk is climbing the mountain?
what does the song mean that is played while the child monk ties stone to fish and snake?
What are the differences between the International Version and the Original Version?
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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
SYMBOLISM AND MEANING, 28 April 2004
Author: Rupert Breheny from London, England

At the risk of boring you all senseless here are some observations off the top of my head.

THE HUT Representing the self. All the possessions and shelter needed is on the floating hut. When the young man can no longer live at peace and comfort in the hut then bad things transpire. He never commits lustful acts in the hut. When we seek happiness outside ourselves, we are never truly content.

THE DOORS The doors by the lakeside and in the hut are symbolic rather than prescriptive. The fact there are no walls means their use is not forced but elected. They represent morality and discipline. Morality is not defined by a higher power but by society and the self. By adopting the constraints the doors engender, self-discipline is attained. As soon as the young man transgresses these self-imposed boundaries, to sneak across to the young woman, then disaster follows.

THE DEAD ANIMALS The Master allows the young boy to let the animals die. He does not become an all powerful father figure, cleaning up after him, but allows him to make mistakes and suffer the consequences. Buddhism does not have a higher power but rather promotes self-awareness.

THE MILLSTONE AND BUDDHA Represent the twin stones of regret for killing the fish and the snake. What you do unto others, you do unto yourself. He has carried that karma around with him all his life until he transcends them both, carrying them to the top of the hill, near heaven. Here he cuts himself free and attains redemption through struggle.

THE MASTER Is a great teacher, but does not lecture. Hardly a word is spoken, but lessons are learned. A good teacher points the way for a student to discover self-evident knowledge for themselves.

THE MOTHER The veil, representing guilt and shame are ultimately the cause of her downfall. Hiding from the outside world can bring about ruin.

THE YOUNG BOY Both at the beginning and the end, represents us. A good life is attained not by the absence of bad thoughts, but rather by their mastery, so they have no hold over us. We choose our behaviour rather than it choose us. The new boy is not born without sin, but rather must walk his own path to divinity. The same actor playing the young boy show the eternal cycle of the human soul.

THE SEASONS The endless cycle of birth, growth and death.

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