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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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An amazing human story - insightfully illustrating how 'wrong' our points of view can be as we take things for granted, going about our daily lives, assuming we are (always) right. Truly an eye-opening film See more (33 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dae-gwan Han ... Detective 2
Jin-seob Han ... Detective 1
Seo-hie Ko

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 
 
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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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42 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
An amazing human story - insightfully illustrating how 'wrong' our points of view can be as we take things for granted, going about our daily lives, assuming we are (always) right. Truly an eye-opening film, 3 July 2004
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

I rated "Oasis" as a MUST SEE. Yes, it may be difficult to watch all those cerebral palsy twitching scenes, but focusing on the heart of the story, you shall appreciate as the story unfolds. It's an intriguing human drama needed to be told - to rouse the malaise and complacency of society. We are so prone to being judgmental of others, taking things for granted - we are actually quite full of it ourselves, thinking we are 'normal' while others - those who seem to us acting not to the 'norm' we see or feel, are labeled as 'queers' or 'misfits'. We can be so callous and literally 'blind' - not taking the time to pause, step back and see beyond the faces or empathize the possible feelings or needs liken to ourselves.

Korean writer-director Lee Chang-dong's insightful film "Oasis" (2002), sensitively and sensibly gave us a chance to see the true state of being and what's possible between two persons that are socially shunned and dismissed as 'non-entity' to the everyday world we live in. Yet to Sol Kyung-gu's Jong-du (the "General") and Moon So-ri's Gong-ju (the "Princess" Your Highness), they created a world that they mutually shared - alone and together, unbeknownst to the community outside of their energized circle. The two of them are self-sufficient, contented within, appreciating every minute of being alive, gently nurturing and genuinely enjoying each other's company.

The two main actors delivered poignant performances of their characters. The writing by director Lee essentially facilitated the core drama. Actress Moon's portrayal of her character is astounding - brings to mind Daniel Day-Lewis' gut-wrenching performance in Jim Sheridan's "My Left Foot" (1989). Director Lee cleverly introduced segments where we see Moon's Gong-ju standing up, dancing around, singing and smiling in a non-spastic state. Such imagination is at once endearing and poetic, allowing us relief and pauses to entertain such thoughts along with her. Sol is just as amazing - beguilingly effortless in his portrayal of a simple-minded man (childlike if you will) yet entangled complexity reveals as family 'secrets' are picked up through the translations (thanks to subtitles by Tony Rayns - certainly provided clues to verbal interactions and plot progression). One wonders if Jong-du's three prior charges were somehow family 'endowed', conveniently using him since he doesn't care much one way or the other. Simple-minded he may be, uncomplicated by guilt, he is basically a kind-hearted and caring person. Subtle and simplistic, it takes talent and restraint to deliver this character, and Sol brilliantly complements Moon's Gong-ju. An unnerving powerful pairing.

There are sprinkled humor and we would smile and be just as delighted as the two of them. We get to see more clearly than the other people in the story: family members, neighbors, restaurant owners/customers, policemen/detectives. We feel the frustration when Gong-ju tried to express her side of the story - conveniently dismissed as part of her twitching agony. We worry for Jong-du when he doesn't speak up - then again who in the society's mind would believe a 'misfit'. We felt the helplessness - yet Lee ingeniously provided a logical and satisfying plot turn, even if it takes yielding to imagination - but why ever not (it could very well be providential). Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from the two lovebirds: they are simple and content with themselves (without 'guilt' complex), gutsy and confident in their own way of communicating to each other (with exclusive personal word references) and clarity of purpose in the deeds they do (be it turning up the radio or being high up on a tree). They are happy in spite of what happens - knowing each would continue on with bright hopes and tender loving for each other in their hearts.

This is a worthwhile film embracing humanity. Life's too short to expend energy on being angry at others. It's human to make mistakes. If we gripe less and focus on the positive, reciprocate respect and kindness to each other, take the time to appreciate this world we live in - 'oases' we'd be in.

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