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It's the story of two mentally disabled, both of ignored and unwanted by their families and society, finding love and solace in each other. I would say more except it might ruin the experience for you, so you will have to take my word that it's great.
The story never becomes melodramatic like most Korean productions, nor does it glorify their disablements as a badge of innocence like so many Hollywood films (as Gump did). The film treats its subjects fairly without embellishment, and sheds light on the process of unwarranted societal prejudices. You might not like how the romance ends, but it is frustratingly real.
Both of the acting talents, re-united again from director's previous film Peppermint Candy, are truly impressive. Sol Kyung-gu gave his character more depth and layer than you would expect, and Moon So-ri is even more mesmerizing as the girl afflicted with CP. In several sequences, she has to transform into her imagined self right on screen without the aid of any effects, so her limbs and face return to their natural uncontorted state instantly, and for a few minutes we see her as the normal girl her mind projects. Those lyrical and fantastic moments are so simple and effectively touching that it's the very definition of cinema magic.
It makes almost all Hollywood romances (especially those with Meg Ryan) seem trite and insulting in comparison, and after this experience I can never sit through another one of those again. Oasis is one of the best, most unique, and most unsentimental romances ever filmed, and will remain one of the best kept secrets of cinema unless you dare to venture into the scary but wonderful world of foreign films.
The woman is named Gong-ju (Moon So-ri). Moreover, Jong-du finds himself attracted to this woman, who can barely control her body: She has cerebral palsy. When he returns at a later date, however, a very disturbing event occurs [No spoilers: I will leave this for you to view]. However, even though this event by Jong-du is disturbing, Gong-du invites him back again. It is here that these two outcasts of society begin to develop a friendship. Yet, this relationship causes a problem with both of the families, as they do not want any scandal. The families and society have come to see their relationship as twisted and abnormal.
The film shows the happiness of these two unwanted members of society, yet it also shows [not tells] the unease of the two families who are now caught up in the lives of these two individuals. On one side is a man who is emotionally unstable, and the other, a woman who must deal with the harsh realities of cerebral palsy: where her life is one of isolation.Read more ›
The opening shot displays an embroidered depiction of something resembling an oasis emerging from underneath the shadows of the night, as a tree outside throws its nightmarish shadow over the the embroidery. The camera finally reveals a small oasis in the middle of a desert with a Indian woman, a boy, and an elephant. This initial sequence continues for almost two minutes. A time that might seem like an eternity for introducing the title of the film. However, these two minutes will also bring to mind a different notion, which will disclose itself at a later point in the film. In addition, the film will return to this embroidery, as it represents the main motif of the film both literally and symbolically.
The film begins with Hong Jong-Du (Kyung-gu Sol) returning home on a bus with summer clothing in the middle of a freezing winter. Initially, Jong-Du's light clothing might imply that there is something wrong with him, and yes, there is something wrong with him. However, it is not his summer wear, but his social interaction with people that seems strange on a communicational level. He wanders home to find out that his family have moved without informing him about their whereabouts.Read more ›
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The acting by the two leads in this movie would put Oscar-winning actors to shame. This is not a movie that mainstream audiences would be able to easily digest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A Doc
I cannot believe this movie is not rated higher. This is one of the best movies I have ever watched. It is an incomparable love story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by FocusedClarity
I usually don't write reviews but Oasis gets 5 stars from me. I didn't know about Oasis before I watched it but got drawn into it and the ride was worth it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon David Duran
No English sub-title bot seems interesting if you understand Korean.Published 7 months ago by Glenn
Oasis is a brilliant film and shows the strength and courage of South Korean cinema in its ability to tackle such taboo subjects as sexual relationships between mentally and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by technoguy
Really a terrific movie. Outstanding performances. I can't recommend it enough.Published 17 months ago by Rebecca Wittman
Directed by the guy who went on to become SK's minister of culture, and starring his two favorite leading actors, Oasis shines as a complex and immensely enjoyable film. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Scott Collins
I've given up on Korean movies. I must not understand the culture because all the grown ups in them seem way too juvenile for my taste. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kindle Customer
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