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

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Original title
Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom
Year
Running time
103 min.
Country
South Korea South Korea
Director
Screenwriter
Kim Ki-duk
Music
Park Ji-woong
Cinematography
Baek Dong-hyeon
Cast
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Producer
Co-production South Korea-Germany
Genre
Drama | Psychological Drama. Religion
Synopsis / Plot
A wise old monk (Oh Young-soo) is master to a young student, and remains so throughout the changing seasons of the younger monks life. In springtime the young monk is a 5-year-old boy, in summer he is a teenager, in fall he is a 30-year-old man, and in winter he is in mid-life. The master and his student live in a tranquil house that floats in the middle of a pond hidden in a vast woodland. Paddling their row boat to the edge of the pond, they roam the forest collecting herbs for medicine, observing animals, and learning deep lessons about life. When a woman brings her sick daughter to the monks to be healed, a lustful relationship results between the daughter and the teenage monk. Though sex is the appropriate cure for the girl, the affair is a harbinger of evil for the monk, whose innocence is replaced by corruption. After paying for his sins over the course of many years, the monk finds inner peace and is reborn.
Awards
2003: San Sebastián Film Festival: Audience Award
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