I had been longing to watch the South Korean film Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring for a while but wasn’t quite sure if the slow paced movie would match my taste. To my surprise, I found it completely different from my pre-notion. Sprint, Summer… is one of the best films I have watched in a while and left a strong impression.
I can’t remember watching any other film that uses symbolism so heavily; all of them drawn from the core scriptures of Buddhism. One can easily guess the amount of hardwork and research behind the scenes. However, the film doesn’t preach Buddhism! It simply points out the truth that life repeats itself. Not a single life but the combination of lives: continuity is circular in nature. I must admit the film wouldn’t be completely clear (not the essence but the symbolism) if you aren’t a Buddhist. In my case I referred Wikipedia to understand it at a greater detail.
The story is awesome and so are the characters. There are very few dialogues, just enough to make sense. The natural beauty and environmental factor of Jusanji Pond (where it was filmed) and the floating monastery is priceless. I would say Spring, Summer… is a must watch for every grown-up… just to realize life can be as simple as you want it to be; it’s all about the choices you make.