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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
"Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom" (original title)

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On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.

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Complete credited cast:
Yeong-su Oh ...
Old Monk (as Young-soo Oh)
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Adult Monk
Young-min Kim ...
Young Adult Monk
Jae-kyeong Seo ...
Boy Monk
Yeo-jin Ha ...
The Girl
Jong-ho Kim ...
Child Monk
Jung-young Kim ...
The Girl's Mother
Dae-han Ji ...
Detective Ji
Min Choi ...
Detective Choi
Ji-a Park ...
The Baby's Mother
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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lake | monk | lust | love | catharsis | See more »

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Rated R for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 September 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$42,561 (USA) (2 April 2004)

Gross:

$2,380,788 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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Ki-duk Kim:  the adult monk at the end of the movie. See more »

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Totally different
26 November 2006 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

Two monks (master and apprentice) live in a isolated temple in the mountains. The young one its doing his way to learn about the paths of life. One the the arriving of a mother with her daughter to the temple will change their peaceful life. The young one will learn about love and jealousy and will learn by heart the prices of loving too obsessively. With a very different rhythm and a sense of quietness very unusual, the movie tells us a tao story inside the most spectacular mountains of Korea. Dialogues are forbidden (almost) because they are not needed, and it is task of the actors (good job) to make us understand what is happening. Though being very different (this may do not like to everybody), the photography is superb and the story, though very slow (as demanded in the atmosphere of the film) is very touching and heart-taking.


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