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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)
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A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

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Ki-duk Kim

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Ki-duk Kim
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yeong-su Oh ... Old Monk (as Young-soo Oh)
Ki-duk Kim ... Adult Monk
Young-min Kim ... Young Adult Monk
Jae-kyeong Seo Jae-kyeong Seo ... Boy Monk
Yeo-jin Ha Yeo-jin Ha ... The Girl
Jong-ho Kim Jong-ho Kim ... Child Monk
Jeong-yeong Kim Jeong-yeong Kim ... The Girl's Mother (as Jung-young Kim)
Dae-han Ji Dae-han Ji ... Detective Ji
Min Choi ... Detective Choi
Ji-a Park Ji-a Park ... The Baby's Mother
Min-Young Song Min-Young Song ... The Baby
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Storyline

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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Country:

South Korea | Germany

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,561, 4 April 2004

Gross USA:

$2,380,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,991,329
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When the middle-aged man comes back to the monastery after murdering his wife, he is seen taking the rowboat alone to shore to vent his anger. His former master inexplicably appears behind a rock on the shore watching him, despite his clothes being fully dry and the only boat having been already taken. 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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Alternate Versions

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References The Isle (2000) See more »

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When she finds peace in her soul, her body will return to health.
13 September 2004 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

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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