Print Design

Print / Motion

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...
and Spring

Movie poster for the Korean movie "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring", directed by Kim Ki-duk. 27'' x 41'' Large format print.

I designed a movie poster for the Korean movie "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring", directed by Kim Ki-duk and released in 2004. The film is divided into 5 seasons and follows the life of a boy Buddhist monk as he grows up and his apprentice relationship with his master, an older monk. The story takes place around a small monastery that floats on a peaceful lake in the forested mountains of Korea.

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The whole film had a very calm, contemplative, and almost surreal and mystical feel to it, so I tried to make my design emulate that mood. The Buddhist concept that life is a cycle repeated throughout the film, not only in the changing seasons, but in the overall plot, in which the boy monk in the first 'Spring' grows up and becomes the teacher to a new boy monk in the last 'Spring'. Another recurring theme was karma; the movie teaches the Buddhist belief that our actions have results, so it is important for everyone to be responsible for their past and present actions. I used a metaphor of tree rings to represent life as a cycle, and altered it to also look like ripples in the water to show the ripple of consequences that occurs when the peace is disturbed.