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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 95
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 5

A visually stunning and contemplative piece of work.


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 2

A visually stunning and contemplative piece of work.



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Movie Info

Korean director Kim Ki-duk's Buddhism-inspired fable takes place on a placid lake nestled among hills on which floats a small, one-room monastery housing two monks, one old and one young. The action takes place over the course of several years, and is divided into five sections denoted by the seasons of the title. While each section tells a story of its own, the overall plot follows the education of the younger monk, a small boy in the beginning, as he learns lessons over the course of his life


Art House & International, Drama

Ki-duk Kim

Sep 7, 2004


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All Critics (104) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (5) | DVD (11)

The impression this movie leaves is profound: Here is an artist who sees things whole.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is as close to a Zen experience as the movies offer.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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A balm for the soul and a reminder that even in the frenetic city, the cosmos has its own steady pendulum.

May 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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The picture's extraordinary beauty is inescapable.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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As with most collections of short stories, some are more interesting than others. And the pacing is extremely slow -- almost meditative.

May 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With its heart-stopping setting, gorgeous images and a lovely little story, it's as fresh as woodland dew.

May 7, 2004
Washington Post
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Precious few movies are so agog with wonder at the absolute majesty of nature.

February 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Truly remarkable, this is the most accessible of his films, to be sure, but there remains an edge that makes it all the more remarkable when the film settles in to be simply quiet and beautiful. Exceptional.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

As the Buddhists might say, you have to experience it firsthand; reading about it is not enough

April 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Somber, serene and stirring.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Hay momentos de sobrecogedora belleza (...) cuando logramos meternos dentro de un relato cargado de poesía como éste.

May 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring provides an oasis from contemporary rhythms.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Spare and contained, with a timeless quality that makes it seem less a product of an individual human imagination than a collective memory...

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This is one Eastern film that shows a world view that is very different than the Western view of the universe.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Slow, yes, but never boring and frequently moving.

January 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

I'm sure over two dozen people have used the word 'meditative' to describe it, but, with its contemplative moments and exquisite use of natural color, the word simply fits.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

a mystical primer on Buddhist spirituality, and an immediately absorbing story about lessons that we all must grapple with, regardless of faith and culture

September 30, 2004

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring may arrive cloaked in Buddhist theory but its premise is more Halloween than hallowed.

September 12, 2004 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

Action lurks beneath amazing images, meditative tone.

September 9, 2004

The Bressonian mixture of intense labor, bodily devotion, and the palpable breath of spirituality across the frames is a peak few films seek to scale, and even fewer attain.

August 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

it's a movie rich in Buddhist philosophies, yet full of incidents and observations that are easy to grasp, regardless of your beliefs.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Like nature itself, both elementally simple and complexly beautiful.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Great chillout cinema.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Although not as gut-wrenching or politically pugnacious as some of his previous work, Kim's film allows a sense of moral renewal unclouded by sentimentality and without blurring his remarkable cinematic idiom.

June 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

This meditation on spirituality, loneliness and accountability could touch your heart's core.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Audience Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

I must watch this again. And again.
April 7, 2007

Super Reviewer

Not as offbeat as I was expecting (hence the "Not Interested" rating previously), but tolerable enough. Decided to give it a go, and found it relatively better than some other recent movies I risked watching!!
January 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

One I watched in several sittings, which means I probably lost a little of the continuity throughout.

This film could almost qualify as a silent movie, with the focus on the visual impact of the setting, characters actions and the spiritual training and then through the changing of seasons and characters.

An enjoyable film, but can't quite put my finger on why!
April 15, 2011

Super Reviewer

It?s not Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, its Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring!
Anyway, this is a beautiful masterpiece, highly recommended!
September 22, 2009

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