As the title suggests, the movie takes place in five distinct seasons, but many years separate the seasons. Korean director Kim Ki-Duk made it’s like beautiful fable. Only a single set and a handful of characters he made such a nice wise movie. The film takes place in an isolated mountain lake, where an old monk lives on a small floating monastery with his disciple . Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons and years pass by as the lessons of life not only for a monk’s life, but everyone’s. The seasonal cycle in the film is symbolic of the cycle of life.