Oasis

Director:
Year: 2002
Country: Korea
Running time: 132 mins
Korea
Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong
Production co.: East Film
Producer: Myung Kaynam
Photography: Choi Young-taek
Editor: Kim Hyun
Production designer: Shin Jum-hui
Costume designer: Cha Sun-young
Sound: Lee Sung-cheol
Music: Lee Jae-jin
In Korean with English subtitles

Cast
Hong Jong-du: Sol Kyung-gu
Han Gong-ju: Moon So-ri
Hong Jong-il: Ahn Nae-sang
Hong Jong-sae: Ryoo Seung-wan
Jong-il's wife: Chu Gui-jeong
Mrs Hong: Kim Jin-jin
Han Sang-shik: Sohn Byung-ho
Sang-shik's wife: Yoon Ga-hyun
Neighbour: Park Myung-shin
Neighbour's husband: Park Kyung-geun

Festivals: Venice, Vancouver, Toronto, London 2002; Rotterdam, Sydney 2003.
Best Director, Best Young Actress, FIPRESCI Prize Venice Film Festival 2002

Lee Chang-dong’s alarmingly funny and libidinous drama offers up a challenging portrait of forbidden love. Recently released from prison for a hit-and-run accident and bristling with fidgety energy, the slightly retarded Jong-du becomes perversely attracted to Gong-ju, the daughter of the man killed in the accident. To make matters more complicated and un-PC, Gong-ju is almost completely physically disabled by cerebral palsy. Following a disturbing beginning to their unruly courtship the two find in each other the acceptance denied by their cruel and exploitative families. “Going out on a limb and taking down the whole tree, Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis is infused with the spirit and the anger of Fassbinder… [The] recent winner of Best Director at Venice, Oasis is a heartbreaking film about a kind of love that society cannot recognize… In this magical film where the boundary between dream and reality is sometimes severed Lee makes us painfully aware of how we see others, and how others sometimes see ourselves, and that is a tremendous accomplishment.” — Mark Peranson, Toronto Globe & Mail

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