"Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" is Released

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...

and Spring (UK: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring) is a 2003 South Korean film about a Buddhist monastery which floats on a lake in a pristine forest. The story is about the life of a Buddhist monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age.

The movie was directed by Kim Ki-duk, and stars Su Oh-yeong, Kim Young-min, Seo Jae-kyung, and Kim Jong-ho. The director himself appears as the man in the last stage of life. The quiet, contemplative film marked a significant change from his previous works, which were often criticized for excessive violence and misogyny.

Korean cinema's original Angry Young Man, Kim Ki-duk, takes a big step forward with "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring," a sublime, witty, gritty and transcendental movie reflecting one man's life journey. Entirely set on a tree-lined lake where a tiny monastery floats on a raft, and expertly played by a chamber cast, pic reps a refreshing change for the helmer of such emotionally violent fare as "Address Unknown," "Bad Guy" and "The Coast Guard." Fests will lap this up, and specialized distribution looks equally promising, given the socko welcome by crix and public at its Locarno world preem.