January 05, 2005

A Slightly more intense review

Follow-up to A suspended review from Far Away, So Close...

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Well, some may say my previous review on this film doesn't make any sense at all. Pardon me, I was only collecting my thoughts after the film and trying to arrange them together. But then this one, might be more telling, conventional, and intense, so as speak.

There is this Chinese nursery rhyme that nearly every Chinese can recite it backwards. ‘Once upon a time, there is a mountain. In the mountain, there is a temple. In the temple, there are an old monk and a young monk. The old monk starts to tell a story to the young monk: once upon a time there is a mountain… (repeating endless the same thing)’. [my translation]I used to believe our parents played this trick for the quickly ran out bedside fairytale storage. But now, I think it’s a masterpiece of Buddhism folks- applying the easiest way to define the most profound word. And also, telling the plot of this reviewed film. The defined word is samsara, literally means transition of life. Passing the fire from the first wood stick to the one hundredth one, the wood sticks burnt away but the fire remains in its original form. In this film, Spring Summer Autumn Winter and Spring, the story happens in the Earth continues. But the wise monks found the way out of such circle, and got into the state of Nirvana.

Different from the view that all human being are sinful in front of God holding by the Christianity, the Buddhism believe that there is a pure root in every being, as long as one can open the wise eye, one can get the Nirvana. The young Monk had committed various sin in his life, from harming the lives of animals to his greed to lust, but he was influenced by the Buddha, and finally returned to the peace.

Perhaps it’s the nature that impelled the young Monk, too. I think it might be easier to learn the essence of life from nature than from the crowd. The film has presented a great landscape of this Korean Island. Similar to the landscape and story it presents, the film on the whole, is very minimalism.

Well, I m sleepy and out of my vocabulary now. Maybe I should come back to it in a third review.

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