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Oasis -- Winner of the Special Director’s Award at the Venice Film Festival, Lee Chang-dong's controversial romance tells the unflinching love story between a mildly mentally disabled man and a woman with severe cerebral palsy.
Oasis -- Hailed as the seminal film of the Korean new wave, acclaimed director Lee Chang Dong's Oasis tells the story of two societal misfits and their struggle to find love and acceptance amidst the hypocrisy of modern Korean life. Fate helped bring them together

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

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Chang-dong Lee 
 
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Chang-dong Lee 

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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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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Masterwork from Lee Chang-Dong, 12 June 2003
Author: vvanpo (vvanpo@comcast.net) from Renton, WA USA

"Oasis" is the story of the relationship of a man imprisoned by his mind with a woman imprisoned by her body. That they establish a relationship comes as much because of their handicaps as in spite of them.

I knew before seeing the film that Moon So-ri was an able-bodied actress. As a result, at first I wasn't convinced she was playing someone with cerebral palsy. But Lee Chang-dong does a brilliant thing. He films several scenes that become the imaginings and fantasies of Gong-ju, Moon's character, as an able-bodied woman. This had the effect on me of seeing Gong-ju as disabled. And it spells out clearly that cerebral palsy is a physical condition not a mental one.

Sol Kyung-gu as Jong-du is perfect. I've been describing Jong-du as "simple-minded" to others but that doesn't pinpoint his mental condition. I might say he is carefree but it's not just an attitude; he is carefree to the point of mental illness. His condition makes him act both bad (he's been in prison three times) and good (he absolutely sees right through Gong-ju's handicap and truly comes to care for her). While Gong-ju is frustrated over her condition and how others use her it, Jong-du appears so utterly accepting of his fate that he doesn't even defend himself. I can't stop thinking about how Mr. Sol has played this interesting character.

Both Gong-ju's and Jong-du's families scorn and pity their conditions. But watch how they also come to exploit them as well.

I highly recommend this film.

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