2002   South Korea Oasis
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Director:Chang-dong Lee
Studio:Lifesize Ent.
Writer:Chang-dong Lee
IMDb Rating:7.9 (2,899 votes)
Awards:11 wins & 2 nominations
Genre:Romance, Drama
Duration:132 min
Chang-dong Lee  ...  (Director)
Chang-dong Lee  ...  (Writer)
Kyung-gu Sol  ...  Jong-du Hong
So-ri Moon  ...  Gong-ju Han
Nae-sang Ahn  ...  Jong-Il Hong
Seung-wan Ryoo  ...  Jong-Sae Hong
Kwi-Jung Chu  ...  Jong-Sae's Wife
Jin-gu Kim  ...  Mrs. Hong
Byung-ho Son  ...  Sang-Shik Han
Ga-hyun Yun  ...  Sang-Shik's Wife
Myeong-shin Park  ...  Woman Neighbor
Kyung-geun Park  ...  Woman Neighbor's Husband
Dae-gwan Han  ...  Detective 2
Jin-seob Han  ...  Detective 1
Seo-hie Ko  ...  
SOL Kyung-gu; MOON So-ri; AHN Nae-sang; RYOO Seung-wan  ...  
Yeong-taek Choi  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: An amazing love story. Outstanding performances by the two leads.

Jong-du is a social misfit, heading for retarded. When his brother tells him he should think before he acts, he responds "I don't know what you mean", and he doesn't. He can't see the need to.

Gong-ju has cerebral palsy. Jong-du doesn't see it, or he sees right through it. Clearly. It registers nothing in him.

This is a Korean film so the pace is slower than american audiences are used to, and the genre clues aren't as evident. There is no happily ever after, some story lines are questionable and the ending mostly bad to absurd. Still. Wow.

Summary: 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?

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