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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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Chang-dong Lee

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Chang-dong Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kyung-gu Sol ... Jong-du Hong
So-Ri Moon ... Gong-ju Han
Nae-sang Ahn ... Jong-Il Hong
Seung-wan Ryoo Seung-wan Ryoo ... Jong-Sae Hong
Kwi-Jung Choo Kwi-Jung Choo ... Jong-Sae's Wife (as Kwi-Jung Chu)
Jin-gu Kim Jin-gu Kim ... Mrs. Hong
Byung-ho Son Byung-ho Son ... Sang-Shik Han
Ga-hyun Yun Ga-hyun Yun ... Sang-Shik's Wife
Myung-shin Park Myung-shin Park ... Woman Neighbor
Kyung-geun Park Kyung-geun Park ... Woman Neighbor's Husband
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dae-gwan Han Dae-gwan Han ... Detective 2
Jin-seob Han Jin-seob Han ... Detective 1
Seo-hie Ko Seo-hie Ko
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,485, 9 May 2004

Gross USA:

$10,304

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,696,952
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Masterwork from Lee Chang-Dong
12 June 2003 | by vvanpoSee all my reviews

"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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