Spring and summer
What is contained in the movies?
The spring movie surrounds a young Buddhist apprentice who happens to stay with his master on a floating monastery going round the lake in a mountainous forest of Korea. The master plays a great role in nurturing the young apprentice with respect to Korean ethics and morals. On the other hand, the summer movie which is a continuation of the spring movie brings back the apprentice who is now in his teenage. In this encounter, he meets a mother and her daughter walking along the forest. The daughter happens to be sick and she is being brought to the Buddhist master for healing courtesy to Korean beliefs. As time goes on, the young apprentice sexually attracted to the girl and at the end they involve themselves in sexual intercourse.
What does the Buddhist Master symbolize?
Focusing on the spring and summer movies, the master symbolises an agent of change. The master is used to show the value to which Korean people accord some of their members of the society. In the spring movie, the master uses punishment to help the young apprentice to change his tormenting behaviour. On the summer movie, the master makes the young apprentice know that it’s against the Korean morals to engage himself in sexual intercourse at his age.
What message do this two movies present to the audience?
The spring and summer movies clearly present the behaviour of Koreans in their day to day life. Nevertheless, it presents the audience with knowledge on how the young people are taught good morals and ethics in order to grow as responsible people of the society. Finally, it shows how the elderly play their role in nurturing and preparing their young ones for future.
Spring, summer, Fall, winter and Spring. Sony Classics. 2004. Retrieved March 27, 2014.Print