Jim goes through the seasons with Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring.
One of the most central tenets of buddhism is that desire is the source of all suffering, relinquishing desire is part of the path to enlightenment. Your perspective that desire itself is not the problem is unsurprising, given that you are not a buddhist, but the monk from this film would likely disagree with you. There does seem to be a similar belief to Judeo-Christianity that man is innately sinful, which is why even the “innocent” child tortures animals. But instead of some external intervention in the form of Christ, it is only learning through experience that helps man liberate himself from sin.
The cyclical story of seasons & generations is somewhat atypical for films, but not to an extreme extent in my view. I found this the most accessible & enjoyable of the Kim Ki-Duk trilogy recommended by David.
Oh, that’s very interesting. This month and this filmmaker have definitely been a challenge for me so far; it’s one thing to look at films that come from a different country or culture where there’s an idea that some truths about the human experience are universal, but it’s something different when those films espouse a spiritual view and truth that isn’t inherent to other cultures.
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