The film is located in the artificial lake called Jusanji Pond (South Korea), where a little Buddhist monastery floats. The monastery is a constructed set made to float on top of the lake, its image is based on the image of real monasteries that are located in that region on a dry land and usually fenced. The only way to access the monastery is a rowing boat that connects the gate on the edge of the lake with the outdoor podium of the monastery. As the title suggests the story of the film goes through the seasons of the year and the different periods of the protagonists life. These changes show a clear correspondence with the landscape around and its different conditions during the flow of the four seasons.
"I intended to portray the joy, anger, sorrow and pleasure of our lives through four seasons and through the life of a monk who lives in a temple on Jusan Pond surrounded only by nature." Kim Ki-duk, 2004.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
Digital frame of the film.