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Spring Summer Fall Winter & Spring [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ki-duk Kim , Yeong-su Oh , Ki-duk Kim    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim, Jae-kyeong Seo
  • Directors: Ki-duk Kim
  • Writers: Ki-duk Kim
  • Producers: Dong-Joo Kim, Karl Baumgartner, Raimond Goebel, Seung-jae Lee, So-hee Kim
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002J4X20
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... Simply beautiful. 15 Feb 2006
I can't stress just how wonderfully picturesque this film is. The amazing visuals of nature draw you in, and you can't help but feel consumed by their draw-dropping beauty. This hit me immediately, and it only gets better. On a floating buddhist temple resides a monk, and his young apprentice. It floats on a lake, surrounded by forests. We watch through the seasons how the young apprentice changes, as the scenery does the same.
It uses each season as a leap in years, and shows the significant events in his life. The film relies on its visuals rather than tons of dialogue. Not to sound corny here, but sometimes it's the things that aren't said that make the most impact. The poignant beauty of it all will leave a lasting impression, I guarantee. Don't confuse this with being a pretty film with no substance. This is deeper than most films out there, and you feel like you've come away with something. Let's put it this way: I've referred to it as beautiful four times, unintentionally too. That's got to be saying something. I could easily sum it up in just that one word!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spring again 11 Jan 2006
Sometimes less is more -- and sometimes less is everything. Kim Ki-Duk works magic with only a few props in the ethereal, exquisite "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring," a movie that transcends its own simplicity. Beautiful, well-acted and quietly poetic, this Korean film is a movie to remember.
Somewhere in a secluded spot, surrounded by tall mountains, is a beautiful little lake, and a small Buddhist monastery floats in the middle of it. Two monks live in it -- an elderly man (Oh Young-su), and a very young boy. The boy is full of the usual hijinks and mischief, but the old monk teaches him lessons that shape him as he grows to manhood.
The young boy (Kim Young-min) learns that his childish cruelty has terrible consequences, and that if he kills anything, he will carry that "stone" with him for the rest of his life. Then, as he reaches adolescence, a young girl (Ha Yeo-jin) enters their lives -- and his heart. Filled with lust and love, the boy leaves for the outside world. But the world -- and a murder -- drives him back to where he started, to find death or redemption...
"Spring" is steeped in Buddhist teachings, but in a sense those teachings are truly universal -- all the more obvious because Kim is not a Buddhist, but a Catholic. The love of life, dangers of desire, mistakes and the danger of repeating them, and the cycles of death and birth are at the core of "Spring," and it's impossible not to be touched by those ideas being woven into a simple, straightforward plot.
The seasons parallel that of the younger monk's life, taking him from childhood to old age. It's a simple idea, but a good one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful 12 Feb 2007
This film is a breath of fresh Korean air. Shot almost entirely in a floating temple on a lake and its surrounding picture postcard scenery this is not just wonderful cinamatography but a profoundly touching story of the sadness and beauty of solitude. The karma and learning from mistakes. Gentle, harsh, unusual. Very little dialogue, no need for more...

I wanted to buy a couple of copies of this dvd to send friends but was disappointed to find them only on the u.s . format which many people here don't have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but very mesmerizing......., 3 July 2007
The movie is very slow and very deliberate. The team of cinematographer, Dong-hyeon Baek, and director, Ki-duk Kim, use stunning imagery to tell their version of the circle of life.

The strength of the movie lies in its ability to tell a tale with imagery instead of dialog. If you're one to get antsy in a Kubrick film due to his long drawn out shots, you likely will hate this movie. However, if you have patience and appreciate a director who doesn't seem to think the movie masses suffer from ADD, you'll appreciate the time the director gives you to reflect on the beauty of the story's natural settings.

The actors perform well. The door that opens at the beginning of each one of the five seasons could be interpreted as a gate, linking the two worlds: our world and their world. To go-in and go-out in the idyllic space where the hermitage floats every people must go through this gate. In fact the film is a very simple allegory about the cyclic evolving life. The beginning and the final of the film encloses a cycle. Kim takes the characters in a more mature direction than many of the other tales, and does it with a better eye than most. The hut in which the central characters reside is located in the middle of a woody mountain lake. The lake and the surrounding woods play as important characters as the actors. The changes in the lake and the land through the seasons reflect the changes within the boy monk.

If you have the patience to meditate on the wondrous imagery of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, check it out. If you like foreign films but can't stand reading the subtitles, check it out (not a lot of dialog in this one).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seasons which Awaken Truth 4 Jun 2008
Elegantly filmed with an artistic view of idyllic mountain scenes of North Kyungsan Province in Korea where Jusan Pond was created over 200 years ago. It is an artificial pond which looks like a lake and reflects the mountains like a mirror. The scenery calms the mind and soothes the soul, the camera's eye glides gradually to a small lake hidden between mountains ... on which floats a beautifully painted and carved Buddhist temple. The misty mountains and tall peaks hide an inner beauty far from the ordinairy. An elderly monk tends to his prayers and then goes about his daily chores in meditation and silence. He is accompanied by a young boy, a student, a "monk-in-training" who likely will inherit this peaceful lifestyle. "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring" makes the viewer awesomely quiet and silent, absorbing the landscapes created by nature. The viewer is spellbound, waiting, anticipating ... what is next? A young monk, about aged 7 or so is watched closely by the Master. He engages in boyish pranks, which harm some small helpless creatures. The Master is dismayed but uses the experience to teach the young monk a lesson he will not soon forget about "compassion." It is now "Spring" ...

Time passes, and the young monk is now an awkward teenager. He tends the Buddhist temple with care and occasionally rows a boat to a gate which leads to a path ... a path to the outside world, the mountains are like a wall from ordinairy civilization. From seemingly nowhere, a mother and her ill-looking teenaged daughter arrive at the temple. The mother has sought healing from many sources but nothing has cured her daughter, she asks the Master for help, she has nowhere else to turn. The elderly monk accepts the young lady as a guest. She participates in the simple life of the temple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Stacey L
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful setting, nice mix of magic and realism
Lovely film. Beautiful setting, nice mix of magic and realism. Lots of symbolism. The heartache of growing up and the seasons changing (also used symbolically) are poetically... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Nora Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Published 14 days ago by Geronimo Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by ludwig sterk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Koreans have made another great movie.
Published 27 days ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT.. sensitive and wise
PERFECT..sensitive and wise
Published 1 month ago by eva nyktari
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Chose this following a recommendation - arrived perfect and quickly after ordering.
Published 1 month ago by BHicks
5.0 out of 5 stars I love films that take their time to tell the story
The movie is wonderfully paced, all 4+1 parts are composed very harmoniously. The rhythm makes you feel it's more like a poem or a song than a movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Szymon Witamborski
3.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not I do enjoy foreign films
I appreciate that all movie reviews are written with the partiality of the writer and so it was with this movie prior to me purchasing it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The man from Basildon
5.0 out of 5 stars Not like your typical film.
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring is a really enjoyable film in many ways, it's not like your typical film and it follows the story of a monk who has adopted a baby boy... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sklarlight
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