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

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Kim Ki-duk

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Plot Summary

From acclaimed Korean writer/director Kim Ki-Duk comes this exquisitely beautiful and award-winning human drama set on a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft. Under the vigilant eye of Old Monk (Yeong-su Oh), Child Monk learns a hard lesson about the nature of sorrow when some of his childish games turn cruel. In the intensity and lushness of summer, the monk, now a young man (Young-min Kim), experiences the power of lust, a desire that will ultimately lead him to dark deeds. With winter, the man atones for his past actions, and spring starts the cycle anew. With an extraordinary attention to visual detail, Kim has crafted an original yet universal story about the human spirit, moving from innocence, through love and evil, to enlightenment and finally rebirth.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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95%
  • Reviews Counted: 95
  • Fresh: 90
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A little gem, it keeps its conflicting or varying themes of tranquility and violence, sacred and profane love, recklessness and wisdom, in almost perfect balance. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: With its heart-stopping setting, gorgeous images and a lovely little story, it's as fresh as woodland dew. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The floating monastery strikes one, at first, as far too empty a stage for a movie of any length, but it becomes, in the end, a meditation on walls, rules and memory, on the keeping out and the keeping in of life. – Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Proves that the most local story is sometimes the most universal, the simplest tale sometimes the most complex. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Classic

Visually pleasing, amazing story and one of my favorites. I'm so happy this movie is on ITunes!

There's a reason it's rated so high.

Kim, Ki-duk again shows why he's such a great Director.

A story that makes you think and reflect on your own life.

There is no comparable American movie.

A Buddhist Proverb

My favorite movie. I can watch it again, and again and it never gets old.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2004

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