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

Bom Yeoareum Gaeul Gyeoul Geurigo Bom (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 2004 (USA)
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A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk in an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director:

Kim Ki-duk

Writer:

Kim Ki-duk
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yeong-su Oh ... Old Monk (as Young-soo Oh)
Kim Ki-duk ... Adult Monk
Kim Young-Min ... Young Adult Monk
Jae-kyeong Seo Jae-kyeong Seo ... Boy Monk
Yeo-jin Ha Yeo-jin Ha ... The Girl
Jong-ho Kim Jong-ho Kim ... Child Monk
Kim Jeong-yeong ... The Girl's Mother (as Jung-young Kim)
Dae-han Ji Dae-han Ji ... Detective Ji
Min Choi ... Detective Choi
Ji-a Park Ji-a Park ... The Baby's Mother
Min-Young Song Min-Young Song ... The Baby
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Storyline

In the midst of the Korean wilderness, a Buddhist master patiently raises a young boy to grow up in wisdom and compassion, through experience and endless exercises. Once the pupil discovers his sexual lust, he seems lost to contemplative life and follows his first love, but soon fails to adapt to the modern world, gets in jail for a crime of passion and returns to the master in search of spiritual redemption and reconciliation with karma, at a high price of physical catharsis... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

Goofs

When the middle-aged man comes back to the monastery after murdering his wife, he is seen taking the rowboat alone to shore to vent his anger. His former master inexplicably appears behind a rock on the shore watching him, despite his clothes being fully dry and the only boat having been already taken. See more »

Quotes

Old Monk: Didn't you know beforehand how the world of men is? Sometimes we have to let go of the things we like. What you like, others will also like."
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  • The missing sequence is placed just before the final shot of the film. After the shot of child monk in the rowboat, in the cut scenes the child monk is shown putting stones into the mouths of a fish, a frog, and a snake; these scenes emphasize the film's themes of the circularity of life. The film then continues to its final scene of the Buddha statue on the hill.
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Connections

References Pather Panchali (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeongseon Arirang
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Performed by Kim Young Im
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I was left speechless by this movie
18 February 2005 | by alexander-lewisSee all my reviews

This film left me speechless, and I still have a hard time putting how I feel about this movie into words. After seeing it the first time in the theater, my friend and I couldn't bring ourselves to say a word to each other...not even in the car on the ride back. The second time I saw it, after purchasing it, another friend and I walked around the campus for half an hour in silence. The third time, a friend and I sat in silence in her room for an hour after the movie was over. This film is that profound, touching, and moving.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...Spring is the most beautiful movie I have ever seen. Visually it is fantastic, though several films surpass it in this aspect. However, the film manages to speak directly to the soul (or...failing to believe in the soul...something deep inside anyone watching it), and this is where it's beauty lies. Parts are so affecting that a painful nostalgia for a place you never knew overwhelms you.

I am sorry I cannot be more helpful...the quality that makes this movie so wonderful is well beyond words for me.


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Country:

South Korea | Germany

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,561, 4 April 2004

Gross USA:

$2,380,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,945,072
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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