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Oasis (2004)

SOL Kyung-gu , MOON So-ri , LEE Chang-Dong  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: SOL Kyung-gu, MOON So-ri, AHN Nae-sang, RYOO Seung-wan
  • Directors: LEE Chang-Dong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Lifesize Home Entert
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7TVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oasis" on IMDb

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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.

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Hailed as the seminal film of the Korean New Wave, acclaimed director Lee Chang-dong's Oasistells the story of two societal misfits (the award winning Moon So-ri and Sol Kyung-gu) and their struggle to find love and acceptance. Fate helped bring them together; family fought to keep them apart. The film truly is "a triumph...that gives humanism back it's good name (LA Weekly)."

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected and magical romance. October 23, 2004
This is one of the toughest and most uncompromising love stories ever told, with the precision of a surgeon and brutality of a neutron bomb. It will be among my favorites at the end of the year.

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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Human Drama: Excellent Acting! January 16, 2007
"Oasis," is a very poignant film from director Lee Chang-dong. The film gives powerful acting performances by the female lead Gong-ju (Moon So-ri) and her counterpart, the male Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu) which are both masterful. As the films narrative begins, Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu) has been released from prison. Jong-du is a sociopath who is unable to hold a job and has been in prison three times: for attempted rape, drunkeness which caused an accident, and armed robbery. He decides to visit the family of the man who was killed by his brother. He took the rap for his brother in the accident which sent him to jail. However, the family is moving out when he arrives, leaving a seriously disabled woman [the husbands disabled sister] behind.

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.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different and Poignant Love Story... July 9, 2005
Even in Romeo and Juliet love is being brought to the audience through an agonizing tragedy where the two families disagree with their love. Director Chang-Dong Lee utilizes a similar tragedy in his Oasis where he enlightens the viewers of a much more contemporary issue where the two protagonists find themselves rejected by their own families. However, it is within the tragedy that humanity is given an opportunity to grow and show that love does reach beyond vanity and self-importance.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Really a terrific movie. Outstanding performances. I can't recommend it enough.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Wittman
5.0 out of 5 stars and starring his two favorite leading actors
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't even finish this...
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Erika E. Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Oasis
The best part of the movie for me was the acting especially of the female lead. I am so familiar with the cerebral palsy the girl had and the probable mildly mentally retarded... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Moanakai
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome film
I'm always so impressed with Asian films and so glad I bought this one.
It's a complex and a very moving story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by nlb3kids
5.0 out of 5 stars Crude reality!
This film was awesomely done, it depicts the reality of life, from the photography, backgrounds, the roughness of the characters, to the script, the relationship is made up, but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by K.J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems like we need to be retarded to 'hold onto our heart'
How evil is it to be normal? Two unusual people fall in love & demonstrate what it means to be genuine about living for the sake of the other.
Published 9 months ago by dh
5.0 out of 5 stars oscar caliber
i'm not familiar with the main stars of this film, so i'm not sure how big they are in korea, but i gotta say this film, and the stars that drive it, is right up there with some of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sara
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I am not sure about the message on this video. What is the director trying to accomplish. It does not fit with the Korea culture.
Published 9 months ago by lotus flower
4.0 out of 5 stars Great production.
Great production and acting jobs. Kept you intrigued til the bitter end. It was a unique story given unique characters.
Published 10 months ago by Jamestechman
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