Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ...And Spring

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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With its idyllic setting and Buddhist theme, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring might look like a startling about-face from Kim Ki-duk, whose violent, psychologically brutal films have earned him the title of Korean cinema's reigning bad boy. Kim's cinema of cruelty has polarized audiences, but even his detractors admit that his talent is undeniable, even when applied to such fare as Bad Guy, which chronicles, in explicit detail, the degradation of a college girl forced into prostitution. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring marks a new direction for its director, but not at the expense of the intensity that has brought him such notoriety. Kim illustrates the tenets of Buddhism through vignettes rooted in the sometimes cruel realities of the world. Sexual obsession, murder, and suicide are major themes. The boy monk is shown torturing real animals in the film's first section on his way to learning about the sanctity of life. Even the gorgeous landscape in which the film is set reveals itself to be a sometimes dangerous place. In many ways, this film retrospectively illuminates his previous work. Life in Kim's films is fraught with emotional and physical violence. This film, perhaps his best, reveals the spiritual yearning behind his dark vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 043396041271
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,549

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Oh Yeong-su
Kim Ki-duk
Kim Yeong-min
Seo Jae-gyeong
Ha Yeo-jin
Kim Jung-ho
Kim Jung-yeong
Ji Dae-han
Choi Min-ju
Park Ji-a
Song Min-yeong
Kim Jong-Ho
Kim Young-Min
Technical Credits
Kim Ki-duk Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Karl Baumgartner Co-producer
Gu Bon-seung Sound/Sound Designer
Soma Chung Executive Producer
Baek Dong-hyeon Cinematographer
Raimond Goebel Co-producer
Noh Hong-jin Asst. Director
Chung Hun-jo Executive Producer
Bark Jee-woong Score Composer
Kim Min Costumes/Costume Designer
Oh Sang-man Art Director
Stefan Schönberg Production Designer
Lee Seung-jae Producer
Kim So-heui Co-producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:10]
2. Spring [:29]
3. Herbs [4:41]
4. Stone I [7:50]
5. Summer [7:18]
6. Healing [6:59]
7. Lust [8:47]
8. Fall [14:30]
9. Punishment [9:42]
10. Winter [17:52]
11. Stone II [6:52]
12. ...and Spring [12:48]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Languages
      English Subtitles
      French Subtitles
      Subtitles Off
   Scenes
   Previews
      Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...And Spring
      Carandiru
      Zhou Yu's Train
      Broken Wings
      Winged Migration
      Young Adam
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful film.

    If you're into American/MTV/ADHD-type movies, you definitely won't be into this film. I usually can't sit through movies that I find slow and boring, but I didn't have that problem with this film at all. I thought it was quite interesting and engaging. I recommend watching it yourself to decide your own opinion, especially if you're interested in Asian culture and cinema.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yawn!!

    If you get over-excited watching paint dry then this movie may be your type of thing. The cinematography is quite nice, if you can keep your eyes open long enough to appreciate it. My advice: find a better way to waste two hours of your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beautiful Movie

    This is a wonderful movie, A beautiful landscape

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    maybe the best film of 2004 ! !

    spring, ... this film combines the subtle religion of buddhism with the realism of life for us all. with firm upbringings in christianity, this film affected me in ways that american movies could never. it solely and basically breaks down four senarios within the boundaries of everyday human beings. this script implores its viewers to not evaluate, but indulge themselves in each individual story. at the same time, one cannot help but involve and assume the role of each character's innocence and sins. if religion was left at the door of every tinsletown cinema in america, this country might benefit from this non-violent approach to one's spiritual enlightenment as well as the simplicity of life's treasures. cinematography speaks cleanly and clearly in this georgeous background. take your time with this film. if that includes sipping sake or wine with a fine dinner, indulge yourself in a dark room with no distractions. this sobering film to a high paced society will calm your frustrations and curb your anxiety.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES IN A LONG TIME

    AN EXTREMELY WELL DONE MOVIE, ACTING, STORIES, SCENERY. I WANT TO WATCH IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. DIFFERENT MESSAGES FOR EACH VIEWER AND THEY ALL GO HOME WITH VARIOUS THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT THIS FILM HAS MEANT.

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    Posted September 19, 2009

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