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 of a…
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. . . And Spring (2004)

Details Release Date: Sep 07, 2004; DVD Release Date: Sep 07, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Kim Ki-Duk and Oh Young-Soo; 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).

Originally posted Sep 10, 2004 Published in issue #782-783 Sep 10, 2004 Order article reprints
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