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



Critic Consensus: A visually stunning and contemplative piece of work.

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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 from his aging counterpart. Troubled outsiders also visit the monastery seeking guidance, including an ill young woman and a man who murdered his wife. As the title suggests, the film's ultimate theme is cyclical renewal. Just as the seasons pass through phases of birth and death and rebirth, so do the lives of Kim's characters.more
Rating: R (for some strong sexuality)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ki-duk Kim
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 7, 2004
Box Office: $2.1M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Oh Yeung-su
as Old Monk
Ki-duk Kim
as Adult Monk
Kim Yeung-min
as Young Adult Monk
Yeo-jin Ha
as The Girl
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Critic Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (33)

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This is as close to a Zen experience as the movies offer.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Precious few movies are so agog with wonder at the absolute majesty of nature.

Full Review… | February 14, 2010
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

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

Full Review… | April 14, 2006
Movie Habit

Somber, serene and stirring.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
Lessons of Darkness

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

I must watch this again. And again.

Bob Stinson

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!!

familiar stranger

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!

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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