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7 May 2004 (USA) See more »
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Have you really loved someone?
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Jong-du, a young man just out of prison for manslaughter, is a social misfit: fidgety, snuffling, laughing inappropriately... See more » | Add synopsis »
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13 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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What love truly means See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kyung-gu Sol ... Jong-du Hong

So-ri Moon ... Gong-ju Han
Nae-sang Ahn ... 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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Dae-gwan Han ... Detective 2
Jin-seob Han ... Detective 1
Seo-hie Ko
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Directed by
Chang-dong Lee 
 
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Chang-dong Lee 

Produced by
Min-cheul Cho .... producer
Sung-min Choi .... executive producer
Kaynam Hyung .... executive producer
Jeon Jay .... producer
Jun-dong Lee .... co-producer
Gye-nam Myeong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jae-jin Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Yeong-taek Choi 
 
Film Editing by
Hyun Kim 
 
Art Direction by
Jum-hee Shin 
Kil Won Yu 
 
Costume Design by
Sun-young Cha 
 
Sound Department
Seung-cheol Lee .... sound
Seung-yeop Lee .... sound editor
 
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Mickey Cottrell .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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Canada:132 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Japan:132 min | Korea:132 min | USA:133 min
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Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U | Hong Kong:III | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15

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55 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
What love truly means, 10 May 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

We talk a lot about love in our society but often love is only acceptable to us if it fits our pictures. For example, the love of an older person for a younger, love between members of the same sex or between disabled individuals may make us uncomfortable and rejecting. Winner of five awards at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, Oasis, a film by Lee Chang-dong, stretches our comfort zone to the limit with a boldly unconventional portrait of the love of a mentally retarded young man for a woman suffering with cerebral palsy. The film is both emotionally honest and powerfully realized and will keep you pondering its implications for a long time. Moon So-ri's performance as Gong-ju is nothing short of astonishing. She goes through contortions to make us aware of the agony of her illness, but is never inappropriate or over-the-top. Her movements are spasmodic and uncoordinated and she appears to be in constant pain but there is a kindness in her face that allows us to see the person behind the pain.

As the film opens, Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu) has just been released from prison and is freezing in his short sleeve shirt in the middle of winter. Jong-du is a sociopath who flaunts society's rules, unaware of or unconcerned with the consequences of his actions. Unable to hold a job and always on the edge, he has been in jail three times: for attempted rape, causing an accident while drunk (he took the rap for his elder brother), and armed robbery. On the spur of the moment, he decides to visit the family of the man killed by his brother and apologize. When he arrives, he finds a husband and wife moving out of their apartment, leaving the husband's seriously disabled sister, Han Gong-ju (Moon So-ri) for the neighbors to look after.

Jong-du is attracted to the disabled woman who seems barely in control of her own body. He returns for another visit but it sadly ends up in a disturbing sequence that is very difficult to watch. Surprisingly, Gong-ju invites him back once more and the two slowly begin a friendship based on their mutual feelings of isolation. He provides her with the closeness she desperately needs and she finds someone to care for, maybe for the first time in her life. As their relationship becomes known, both families are scandalized and, aided by the prejudices of society, transform the innocence of their love into something sick and twisted.

Oasis is a thought provoking film that does not stack the deck towards one point of view. It depicts the joy that the relationship brings to the lovers but also shows the understandable unease of the families about the fitness of a man who has demonstrated his emotional instability. The film shows the thin line between the desires of the individual and the needs of society and forces us to look at the disparity between the reality we see and that seen by others. While his ultimate message may be ambiguous, Lee makes us brutally aware that for many people life is a party to which they haven't been invited. Out of a willingness to have his characters confront the truth of a world that will be forever hostile, he offers a compelling vision of what love truly means and allows us to experience the oneness that defies reason and logic.

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