Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring [DVD] [2003]

A haunting and transcendent meditation on life and the passing of time, director Kim Ki-Duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring arrives on DVD in beautiful, albeit bare-bones, form from Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment. The image is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and sports lush colors with even skin tones and little evidence of digital artifacting or edge enhancement. Audio is offered in Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 with sparse dialogue accompanied by bold, easy-to-read yellow subtitles. Though there are no extra features aside from a handful of previews, the visual presentation on this release is exceptional, making it a notable addition to the collection of any avid foreign-film fan.
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ...And Spring
Korean director Kim Ki-duk's Buddhism-inspired fable takes place on a placid lake nestled among hills on which floats a small, one-room monastery housing two monks, one old and one young. The action takes place over the course of several years, and is divided into five sections denoted by the seasons of the title. While each section tells a story of its own, the overall plot follows the education of the younger monk, a small boy in the beginning, as he learns lessons over the course of his life from his aging counterpart. Troubled outsiders also visit the monastery seeking guidance, including an ill young woman and a man who murdered his wife. As the title suggests, the film's ultimate theme is cyclical renewal. Just as the seasons pass through phases of birth and death and rebirth, so do the lives of Kim's characters. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

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  • Kim Ki-duk
    Kim Ki-duk
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    Seo Jae-gyeong
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    Ha Yeo-jin
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    Kim Jung-ho
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    Choi Min-ju

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