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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

Writer:

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 Chu Kwi-Jung Chu ... Jong-Sae's Wife
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:
Kwi-Jung Choo Kwi-Jung Choo ... Jong-il's wife
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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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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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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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Referenced in Man yan (2004) See more »

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Destruction of love
8 November 2002 | by Killer-40See all my reviews

At the beginning of the "L'Abri"-screening (which I discuss somewhere else) at the film market MIFED in Milano, CJ Entertainment's young sales responsible asked me: "Which Korean films have you bought?" - "All of them", I answered, to make a point: Korean's movies were just unbeatable in 2002. Then I confessed that I was actually a journalist, not a buyer. The young man surprised me with another question: "Did you cry at the end of 'The Way Home'?" - "No", I said, thinking of my grandmother, "actually I cried at the end of OASIS."

Movies should move viewers. No hight tech genre film can beat what goes straight to your heart. The love of a naive, warmhearted fool (Sol Kyung-gu as Jong-du) to a spasmic beauty (Moon So-ri as Gong-ju) that is unable to walk and clearly articulate herself is attacked by both of their families. It could be considered a love between handicapped and thus underline the demand for a change of law which seems to have its flaws in Korea as well as here in Germany. Prohibited is the unthinkable, i.e. the sexual demands of those who are stigmatised to not have them. The sad outcome of the events is lightened by the unchangeable affection of the male protagonist. Feminists might argue against the easy way in which the attempt to rape the spasmic woman turns into mutual love. The real challenge for the excellent actress Moon So-ri was indeed to transmit whether we see joy or pain in her wincing mimic. Have you ever asked yourself how a person suffering from cerebral palsy would look during orgasm? See for yourself. The elegant camera moves from the common theme of the movie to dreamlike scenes where all of Gong-jus illness is gone. Her dancing with a young elephant had the same non-intellectual humor as the tree-cutting of Jong-du. When the lights go on in your theatre, you might ask yourself how deeply YOU are able to love.


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