Korea/D 2003, 100 min, Director: Kim Ki-Duk
This exquisitely beautiful and very human drama is entirely set on andaround a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft amidst a breath-taking landscape. The film is divided into five segments with each season representing a stage in a man’s life. Under the vigilant eyes of Old Monk (wonderful veteran theatre actor Oh Young-soo), Child Monk learns a hard lesson about the nature of sorrow when some of his childish games turn cruel.
In the intensity and lushness of summer, the monk, now a young man, experiences the power of lust, a desire that will ultimately lead him, as an adult, to dark deeds. With winter, strikingly set on the ice and snow-covered lake, the man atones for his past actions, and spring starts the cycle anew…
With an extraordinary attention to visual details, such as using a different animal (dog, rooster, cat, snake) as a motif for each section, writer/director/editor Kim Ki-duk has crafted a totally original yet universal story about the human spirit, moving from Innocence, through Love and Evil, to Enlightenment and finally Rebirth.
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