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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring Director-star Kim's newest film succinctly packages the four seasons as metaphors for the stages of life. The simple tale follows the solemn existence...Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and SpringDrama, Foreign LanguagePT103MR Director-star Kim's newest film succinctly packages the four seasons as metaphors for the stages of life. The simple tale follows the solemn existence...2004-09-10Ji-a ParkSony Pictures Classics

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

Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Kim Ki-Duk, Oh Young-Soo, Ji-a Park; Director: Kim Ki-Duk; Author: Kim Ki-Duk; Release Date Limited: 04/02/2004; Runtime (in minutes): 103; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director-star Kim’s newest film succinctly packages the four seasons as metaphors for the stages of life. The simple tale follows the solemn existence of a Buddhist monk and his young pupil – through playful innocence (spring), adolescent lust (summer), contemptuous rage (fall), redemption (winter), and ultimately rebirth (spring) – with a secluded mountain lake providing the serene backdrop. Attention to detail is Kim’s forte: Every sound is clearly articulated, whether it’s the slither of a snake through fallen leaves or the plunge of an oar into water. The wistful soundtrack meshes sublimely with the visual narration, conveying a deeper sense of the pupil’s trials.

EXTRAS None, but the images relate the story so elegantly that even subtitles aren’t necessary (though they are included).

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