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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.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writer:

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-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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Old Monk: Lust awakens the desire to possess. And that awakens the intent to murder.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER:
  • The missing sequence is placed just before the final shot of the film. After the shot of child monk in the rowboat, in the cut scenes the child monk is shown putting stones into the mouths of a fish, a frog, and a snake; these scenes emphasize the film's themes of the circularity of life. The film then continues to its final scene of the Buddha statue on the hill.
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User Reviews

 
understated beautiful contemplative
20 August 2004 | by kellan-ukSee all my reviews

a film of about the cycles of life, about solitude and love, innocence, corruption and redemption. stunning cinematography. lots of allusions and metaphors, as you might expect from Korean cinema. contemplative.

the story appears to centre on the life of buddhist monks living on a floating house, but as the film progresses, one sees that this is a film about the constancy within change and renewal. The female characters are not the most positive roles, representing corruption and temptation, tho also providing the means for renewal.

There are some memorable scenes not least the house in winter and the knife writing scene, this is not for those seeking martial arts action,

personally i found it slipped into one of favourite films list.


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