Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring

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A visually stunning and contemplative piece of work.

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A young Buddhist apprentice is mentored by an aging monk (Yeong-su Oh) at a secluded monastery in the Korean wilderness. As a teenager, the apprentice (Jae-kyeong Seo) encounters a girl who arrives at the monastery seeking assistance with her health. Over the course of a few days, the boy is tempted away from his spiritual existence into a sexual relationship. He leaves the monastery to follow the girl into a modern way of life he has never known and is unprepared for.

Cast & Crew

Ki-duk Kim
Adult Monk
Dae-han Ji
Detective Ji
Kim Young-min
Young Adult Monk
Jong-ho Kim
Child Monk
Jung-young Kim
The Girl's Mother
Min Choi
Detective Choi
Ji-a Park
The Baby's Mother
Dong-hyeon Baek
Cinematographer
Stefan Schönberg
Production Design
Ki-duk Kim
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Critic Reviews for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring

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

  • Oct 08, 2015
    This film has an interesting mix of qualities. It is at different times tragic, serene, contemplative, and hopeful. It is staged as if a play in five acts, set in a beautiful natural environ, with acting that is both quiet and cinematic. Recommended to lovers of Eastern cinema.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2012
    Lovely depiction of humanity as they travel through the seasons of life. Spiritually uplifting.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2011
    I can't see a single thing about this film that should be improved on or anything. This film has interesting characters, a good story, and great cinematography. The shots of the floating shrine are even more stunning during the night. The film follows the relationship between a young apprentice and a monk. The spring segment shows the apprentice as a young boy of about 11, and he learns about morality. During the summer, the apprentice is an adolescent of about 16/17 and through his experiences with a sick teenage girl who has come to the shrine, he discovers desires which lead him to leave the shrine. In fall, he returns as a young man of about 23, full of angst and anger. He must deal with it and other problems he created for himself in "man's world". In winter, we see the young apprentice as an older man in his late 20s. He displays maturity, understanding, and growth. He begins to assume role of master with his old master no more. When spring arrives, he begins teaching his own apprentice and we see life repeating itself. A marvelous film that must be seen.
    G S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2010
    Spectacular film. Masterful performances by Jae-Kyung Seo, Jong Ho Kim, Oh Yeong-su. A well-written story full of emotion and tears. A movie that captures the human spirit, dissecting its successes and flaws. One of the best films from 2004 and certainly one of the best I've watched on DVD this year.
    George K Super Reviewer

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