Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)

Directed by: Kim Ki-duk
Produced by: Karl Baumgartner; Lee Seung-jae
Written by: Kim Ki-duk
Starring: Oh Yeong-su; Kim Young-min; Seo Jae-kyung; Kim Jong-ho; Ha Yeo-jin
Music by: Bark Jee-woong
Cinematography: Baek Dong-hyeon
Edited by: Kim Ki-duk
Running time: 103 minutes
Language: Korean
Genre: Philosophical Drama

Seeran Review: The story unfolds rather simply, but the implications of the characters’ actions are silently commented upon by the presence of Buddhist symbols and iconography. மிகுந்த எதிர்பார்ப்புடன்தான் இந்த படத்தை பார்க்க தொடங்கினேன். எனக்கு எந்த விதமான பவுத்த குறியீடுகளும் தெரியாது. இந்திய மரபே படம் பார்க்க தேவையான மன நிலையை தந்துவிட்டது. I think you show atleast go about the Wikipedia link which I have recommended in the Further Readings list after seeing the movie.

ஏன் அவ்வாறு  நினைத்து கொண்டேன் என்று தெரியவில்லை. கடைசியில் வரும் அந்த துறவியை ஒரு புதிய துறவியென்று சிந்தித்து பாருங்கள், படம் முற்றிலும் வேறு அனுபவத்தை கொடுக்கும். (Now middle-age apprentice வேறு new middle-age என்று எனது கண்கள் பார்த்து விட்டது, படம் பார்த்து கிட்ட தட்ட 3 மாதம் வந்தது ஒரு புதிய துறவி என்றே நினைத்து கொண்டேன்). உண்மையில் அப்படித்தானே நடக்கும் . குரு மாணவன் என்ற சங்கிலி அருந்துதான், தர்மம் நிஜத்தில் நிலைபெற தொலைகிறது.

As I was watching the film there was many question as to – How the master get there, while the small boy was tying stones behind the animal’s back? Why didn’t the boy question that to his teacher? Does he knew that he can have control over the boat (Which was shown when the policemen takes him to jail)?  Why then the monk always tows the boat? How can they sleep without turning around? Why there is a door?

Summer season – The apprentice (now in his teenage years) encounters a mother and daughter (dressed in modern clothes, indicating that the film takes place in modern times) – think of it for a while, a life which is beyond time. Lust leads to desire for possession, and possession leads to murder.     

Fall Season – The master’s tears can be seen through the paper seals as he is engulfed in flame.                                           

“The hermitage that is the stage for Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring is an artificially constructed set made to float on top of Jusanji Pond in Cheongsong County, North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea. Created about 200 years ago, Jusanji Pond is an artificial lake in which the surrounding mountains are reflected in its waters. It retains the mystical aura of having trees more than one hundred years old still growing along its shores. LJ Film was able to obtain permission to build the set after finally convincing the Ministry of Environment through six months of negotiations.”

All reviews are incomplete for this film.

Further Readings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maitreya






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