Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring
Directed by Kim Ki-Duk, South Korea 2003
103 mins. Korean dialogue with English sub-titles
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. Comprised of five segments (in keeping with its title), the film is set entirely on a tiny monastery floating in a lake surrounded by mountains and trees. As he grows up the young boy becomes a Buddhist monk himself and reconciles himself with his karma, although at a high price of physical catharsis.
What the Critics say:
"A work of transporting beauty."  (Wendy Ide - The Times)