Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom) is another masterpiece from director Ki-duk Kim (see 3-Iron). This time the theme he touches is about cycles of life, the passage of time, and emotions that accompany us during the journey. He does it brilliantly, with small cast and limited, yet picturesque set.
A small lake in mountains, a floating temple that calmly drifts in the middle, a monk who lives there. Soon a child appears, whom monk takes as his apprentice. Time passes and student grows up, he makes mistakes, gets punished by master, leaves, confronts the world outside, and comes back learned some harsh life lessons. But seasons don't stop, they go on and on...
This film is imbued by Buddhism themes, and can be easily viewed as one of the many Buddhist fables. It's slow and uneventful, yet it captivates by it's simplicity and sheer beauty, be it of nature or human.
Production of two countries, South Korea and Germany, with full creative control of Ki-duk Kim, whom himself makes a cameo, in a role of older monk towards the ending of the movie.
Movie definitely not for everyone, yet if it clicks, it's one of the joys that shows how powerful film can be in masterful hands.
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