Kim Ki-duk's five seasons, or "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring"
|Kim Ki-duk’s Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (Viisi vuodenaikaa) opened in Helsinki last Friday, and we went to see it right away. While Kim Ki-duk is not someone from whom to learn how to live as a man and a woman, he manages to captivate with his artistic vision. |
In one of the final scenes the young monk, now in his mature years (played by the director himself), after returning to the floating temple in the pond, ties a handmill stone on his waist and starts climbing the mountain as if to repent his previous deeds, with Kim Yông-im’s heartbreaking singing of Chôngsôn Arirang in the background. The monk, bared from the waist up, struggling up the mountain with the millstone hanging from a rope is a strong image, but it’s Kim Yông-im’s voice that almost made me lose my cool.
Here's Chôngsôn (Jeongseon) Arirang sung by Kim Yông-im as an mp3 file (5.4M). (From a site of Korean traditional music) and as a TV performance by the same singer.