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Oasis (2002)

Oasiseu (original title)
An irresponsible and childish ex-con befriends a girl with cerebral palsy and develops a progressively stronger bond with her.

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Jong-du Hong (as Kyung-gu Sol)
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Jong-Il Hong
Seung-wan Ryoo ...
Jong-Sae Hong
Kwi-Jung Chu ...
Jong-Sae's Wife
Jin-gu Kim ...
Mrs. Hong
Byung-ho Son ...
Sang-Shik Han
Ga-hyun Yun ...
Sang-Shik's Wife
Myeong-shin Park ...
Woman Neighbor
Kyung-geun Park ...
Woman Neighbor's Husband
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Detective 2
Jin-seob Han ...
Detective 1
Seo-hie Ko
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Jong-du, a young man just out of prison for manslaughter, is a social misfit: fidgety, snuffling, laughing inappropriately, without a super ego. When released, he calls on the family of the victim; they send him away, but not before he has seen Gong-ju, a young woman disabled severely by cerebral palsy. Both are abused by their families, and both are used by them as well. Although their relationship begins with Jong-du's criminal behavior, a friendship develops. They talk of favorite things; he washes her hair; they go out; in late night phone calls, he helps her past her fears of the dark. Is there a place in the world for these two inarticulate people? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Have you really loved someone?

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Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »

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Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Oustanding
22 May 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Oasis is a love story of truly unique proportions. It is simply unlike any movie you are likely to see.

Confronting, unusual, at times violent, but also heartbreakingly honest.

Lead by a stunning performance by So-ri Moon, and ably assisted by Kyung-gu Sol. The two bring amazing humanity to two very difficult and unusual character. So-ri in particular is brilliant, flawless and complex in her portrayal of the disabled Gong-ju Han. Her performance should be watched by any aspiring actor or actress as it is astonishingly good.

The plot is difficult to describe without it sounding bizarre and unrealistic, but the direction and script transcend any difficulties the subject matter brings up, and ultimately deliver the viewer with an unrivaled experience in what cinema was meant to do. That is, show us life, in all it's intricate forms, to inspire us, challenge us and help us grow.

Oasis is a power-house of modern cinema. An instant classic. It shows difficult characters, going through difficult situations, and the director has refused to water-down any aspect of the film, making it very confronting for the viewer.

Yet another in a growing list of Korean films that have blown me away. Their industry is the best around in my opinion, combining the technical abilities of the big-budget Hollywood films, with the personal, human stories that you would see in European cinema, but doing this with an obviously Asian aesthetic. If you like Kong Kong or Japanese films, I recommend stepping up to Korean films, they are generally more personal, and shot with as much visual gloss as anything from the US.


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