Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, And Spring (2004)
Kim Ki-duk directed Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. It depicts the life of a Buddhist monk and his teacher. Each part of the story takes place during a season, with about ten to twenty years pass from one season to another. It starts with the Buddhist as a young child with his teacher. Then it explores various life lessons and journeys he faces as he ages, from teenage hormones to being accused of committing a crime. Yeong-su Oh plays the teacher or older monk. The Buddhist monk is played by various actors, including Seo Jae-Kyung and Young-Min Kim.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring is another film on this list that uses minimalist dialogue (which makes sense because Kim Ki-duk directed 3-Iron as well). This meditative story is told through the scenery, actions, and emotions of the characters. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring is a story about the captivating and painful nature of life, with all its lessons, growth, devastation, death, and rebirth.