#235: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)


When and how did I watch this?

September 6th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

The foreign film streak continues: South Korean Buddhism-themed movie, centered around a single body of water.

What do I know about it now?

Incredibly moving film that transcends religious and cultural themes.  Of course, some of the symbolism involving the animals was lost on me, but the human element was loud and clear.

What are some themes in the film?

Time, temptation and desire, redemption, wisdom and foolishness

Did this affect me personally?


Why is this ranked #235?

It trumps all the other foreign films on the list, which populate most of the ranks below.  I still think Departures is the closest, but this film strives to expose traditions and capture an intangible human element.  One should see it for themselves to get a better idea of why it’s ranked so on this list.

Did my wife watch/like it?


Would I watch it again?

I’d love to watch it again.

Would I recommend it to a friend?


Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Yes.  It’s hard to believe I’d never heard of this film.  Spectacular stuff.

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