Spring, summer, fall, winter... and spring

Spring, summer, fall, winter... and spring

DVD - 2004 | Korean
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Publisher: Sony Pictures, 2004.
ISBN: 9781404952072
1404952071
Branch Call Number: DVD KOREAN FICTION SPR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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tsk5
Sep 10, 2017

Very picturesque and stunning visuals !

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rock_n_roll
May 03, 2017

What a masterpiece!! Movie speak on its own. Absolutely mesmerizing!!

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aznjasonn
Apr 06, 2017

Beginning was my favorite. Movie hardly has dialogue in it.

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sridevirk
Apr 03, 2017

Amazing film! It will make you to think a lot about the Life :) Seriously..
It may not entertain you but for sure, there will be a impact.I guess,you will take different input
from it , if you watch this movie in each stage of the life.
Hugs and love to the film maker!

Catmamakim Apr 26, 2015

Picturesque. Makes one appreciate peace, nature, simplicity, and redemption. Somewhat dull with a simple story-line, yet beautiful to watch.

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wongsokguan
Feb 11, 2015

See comments below. Well worth watching!

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Nursebob
Feb 04, 2015

Although framed by the passing seasons, the title of Kim Ki-Duk’s low-key Buddhist parable refers more to the seasons of man. In “Spring” we find an elderly monk living on a floating shrine in the middle of a lake along with his young acolyte, a boy of seven or eight. Their long tranquil days are spent in prayerful meditation, religious instruction and gathering medicinal herbs from the surrounding forest. In “Summer” the arrival of a beautiful young pilgrim introduces the disciple, now a robust adolescent, to the worldly temptations of lust and greed causing him to abandon his master in the “Fall” only to return in “Winter” an angry and disillusioned man wanted by the police. But as “Spring” rolls around once more life comes full circle in a series of revelations and atonements. The film is certainly pleasing to look at with sweeping views of lake, forest and mountains; its highly formalized structure more scripture than script. There is an uncluttered beauty to its simple sets and spartan dialogue, with freestanding doorways and humble statuary figuring prominently. Alas, Kim occasionally takes religious imagery to some ponderous, even silly, extremes which threatens to turn the entire “circle of life” theme into something superficial and contrived. Between the monk’s rotating menagerie of pets which had me googling “Buddhist Symbolism” for over an hour, and the disciple’s anguished emoting, the film began to feel more like a karmic soap opera rather than the spiritual metaphor it was clearly meant to be. Richly detailed nonetheless with a satisfying, if somewhat strained, conclusion.

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genki2genki
Nov 04, 2013

Comment following mine contains a spoiler. Thanks, buddy!

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xod_s
Apr 12, 2013

Reminds me of Tsotsi b/c that is another foreign film not to big on dialogue and of the "Black robe" movie as well and not just b/c they both have parts about clerics dealing with sexuality but also b/c there both about the development in their lives.I felt really non-plussed by the older monk's suicide near the end.It seemed so uncalled for and I really wish it was explained but I guess doing it the way it was done adds a mysteriousness to the movie.Seems like the sort of undertone heavy movie that would be in the Criterion collection (I don't know if it is).

nycounsel Apr 03, 2013

a simple yet poetic and elegant movie from a master filmmaker.

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dinodorks
Jan 09, 2012

I was completely sucked-in by this quiet, little film. It is so unusual, and so unfamiliar in structure that I was compelled to watch it to the end. The story is purposely underwritten, forcing the viewer to make the connections that are only hinted at in the story. The floating monastery is a wonderfully odd setting, almost dream-like in it’s tranquil existence. There is an assortment of animals throughout the tail that appear to be only symbolic. The whole story is presented like a modern fable; a tale that requires the viewers to interpret for themselves.

The seasons themselves represent the stages of the life of the young apprentice. Starting in his youthful Spring, the story progresses into a lustful Summer and then an angry, resentful Autumn. Winter is almost devoid of dialog, and focuses on the now penitent apprentice.

There are many aspects of this story that are completely unexplained, challenging the viewers to fill in the details for themselves. For instance, why is the door used in the bedroom, when the walls are obviously missing? What does all of the animal imagery mean (there is a dog in the first season that is never seen again)? What time period is this set in? What do the coverings over the eyes mean? How do these odd little bits of magic-realism fit in? Who is the woman at the end, and why does she keep her face covered? Don’t watch this alone, as you will want to discuss it afterwards.

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