Korean 65, Imported Total admissions: They are listed in the order of their release. Double Agent The recent and ongoing wave of s nostalgia has produced cheeky and heartfelt comedies such as Conduct Zero and Bet on My Disco, as well as sincere dramas such as Champion, looking back into the troubled decade with a mixture of longing, fondness and melancholy. Although some of these movies are excellent, it is about time that quality films like Memories of Murder blow away the pearly haze surrounding the s, and expose its dark underbelly.
Using perfectly composed shots to amplify an emotionally resonant story, the film successfully argues that "artistic" films do not have to be boring. Spring Summer Fall Winter As the film opens, it is spring in South Korea, and the two inhabitants of a floating monastery located in the middle of a lake are going about their daily routine.
The boy is not yet 10 years old, but he is learning the ways of Buddhism. And, during this segment, he learns an especially forceful lesson. Skip ahead ten years to summer. A sick girl Ha Yeo-jin has come to the monastery to heal.
While there, she and the apprentice now a teenager, played by Seo Jae-kyeong fall in love. Lured from the calmness of his ascetic lifestyle by the promise of carnal pleasure, he abandons his master and accompanies the girl back to the "real world.
Ten years later, in fall, the apprentice Kim Young-min returns to the monastery, this time as a fugitive from the law. Through his master, he learns the path to redemption - just as the police arrive to arrest him. Finally, a decade later in winter, the apprentice Kim Ki-duk returns for a final time, content now to accept the role of master the old monk has diedmake the monastery his home, and take on an apprentice of his own.
This is a rare motion picture that would be worth seeing for the cinematography alone.
Kim Ki-duk and director of photography Baek Dong-hyeon have taken great pains to celebrate the beauty of their location a national park in South Korea as a recognition of the importance of the natural order is central to Buddhist philosophy.
The film is not a philosophical or religious treatise, and, much as The Passion of the Christ does not demand that its viewers be believers, Spring Summer Fall Winter Although I have no doubt that Buddhists, and Korean Buddhists in particular, will get the most out of the movie.
The concept that existence is circular is much in evidence. The movie begins where it ends - with an aging man imparting wisdom to a young charge. We suspect that this has gone on for centuries and will continue to go on for centuries. The land around the monastery is untouched by time.
The pace of Spring Summer Fall Winter From a visual, thematic, and emotional standpoint, this represents rewarding cinema. The film raises questions about how we live our lives and how actions, like ripples in the waters of time, can have unexpected consequences years later.
By depicting the life of one unnamed individual in ten-year snapshots over the course of his development from boyhood to maturity, Kim provides us with insight and an uncommon perspective.
Idealism is supplanted by a yearning for physical satisfaction. Romance turns to tragedy. Repentance leads to understanding. These things happen quickly on-screen, with the years elapsing in a heartbeat.
We mourn for lost innocence and appreciate the accumulation of wisdom. Spring, Summer, Fall, WinterT he year turned out to be somewhat of a rejuvenation after the comparatively weak offerings of Although Korean films did not win any major awards from top-ranked festivals in , as they had the previous year, the films themselves provided a much broader range of quality.
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Amazon's Choice recommends highly rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately. Kim Ki-duk (Hangul: 김기덕 Korean pronunciation: ; born December 20, ) is a South Korean filmmaker noted for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works.
His films have received many distinctions in the festival circuit, making him one of the most important contemporary Asian film directors. Award-winning Korean writer/director/editor Kim Ki-Duk uses the symbology of the passing seasons totell this story of a young Buddhist monk's evolution from Innocence to Love, Evil to Enlightenment,and ultimately to Rebirth.
Ki-duk Kim, Writer: Bin-jip. He studied fine arts in Paris in In he won the award for Best Screenplay from the Educational Institute of Screenwriting with "A Painter and A Criminal Condemned to Death". After two more screenplay awards, he made his directorial debut with Ag-o ().
Then he went on to direct Yasaeng dongmul bohoguyeog (), Paran daemun .