Oasis

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Released 2002

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Director:
Chang-dong Lee
Released:
2002
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Oasis is a 2002 South Korean romantic film written and directed by Lee Chang-dong. When Hong Jong-Du is released from prison, he wanders through Seoul in an attempt to find his family. Jong-Du was serving time for a hit-and-run accident that his brother committed that had left a man dead. When he walks away from a restaurant without paying the bill, Jong-Du gets arrested again, but is bailed out by his brother. The family takes him back, despite his inability to function as a regular member of society. When Jong-Du decides to make amends with the family of the hit-and-run victim, he ends up falling in love with Gong-Ju, the daughter of the victim who struggles with Cerebral Palsy. As the social misfits make their way in the world, they bond over their similar lack of ease amongst "normal" people. Oasis was awarded a Special Director's Award at the Venice Film Festival.

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An unforgettable experience from yet another filmmaker who is making South Korean cinema one of the most vibrant of any emerging on the international scene.

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The remarkable if overlong Korean film Oasis strips away much of the sentimentality and goody-two-shoes attitudes that the movies traditionally display toward disabled people.

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    An eloquent expression of both unorthodox romance and bitter disillusionment with the hypocritical institutions of family and society.

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