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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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When she finds peace in her soul, her body will return to health. See more (136 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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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

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Trivia:
Director Cameo: [Ki-duk Kim]the adult monk at the end of the movie.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:Lust awakens the desire to possess. And that awakens the intent to murder.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Holiday (2006)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?
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117 out of 133 people found the following review useful.
When she finds peace in her soul, her body will return to health., 13 September 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

The circle of life is everlasting. We, as busy humans, sometimes miss the opportunity to see it in full effect. The modern day conveniences of life and the hustle and bustle of work sometimes fog our eyes to the constantly moving world. Thankfully we have films like Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring, to help guide us back to our roots. Through each season, director Ki-duk Kim shows us the journey of one young boy as he learns life through the hands and mind of an older monk. Through events that are beyond his control, this young boy learns about love, lust, jealousy, hatred, and eventually rage. He makes choices that ultimately effect his life causing turmoil and distress, yet somehow continually finds his way back to the floating house on the lake where his journey began. It is during his final visit home he learns of his final journey in life. As a new soul is handed to him, he embarks on a final journey using his master's lesson, to pay homage to the life he has lead.

When I watched this film the first story that came to mind was that told by Trina Paulus in 'Hope for the Flowers'. It is the story of two caterpillars that embark on a journey into butterflies. Along the way they experience a full range of emotions that are attached to life and death. In the end, they become two of the most beautiful creatures in the world. This is how I viewed this entire film. I felt as if I was watching a young caterpillar (the young boy) experience life and journey along the path to become the beautiful butterfly. The beauty of the scenes and the simplicity of this story not drenched in words only kept this image vibrant. The spiritual themes of this film are present, but not bold. They are not hitting you in the face and forcing you to understand, but instead showing you and demonstrating the power of those willing to believe. This is a quiet film that leaves much up to our imagination. We never leave the valley that surrounds the lake, we never know what year is currently going on outside of the forest, and we are meant to understand that this story could take place anytime. Kim gives us themes that can be used to express any period of time and is especially poignant in today's terror filled world.

I loved everything about this film. From the simplicity of the opening doors to introduce each scene to the stunning and hypnotic ending that makes you believe in the human spirit. If you walk away with anything from this film, I hope it is hope. Hope for everything on this planet, and especially a hope for our fellow man. Mistakes are made to learn by. Take these errors and accept them to move closer to the world you have always dreamed about. Be that young boy that is able to transform into the man he desires.

See this movie, and feel a warmth like no other. This is quite possibly one of the best films of the year. Amazing!

Grade: **** out of ****

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