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Jong-doo (Sol Kyung-gu) is sentenced to prison for causing a fatal accident while being intoxicated. After his prison term is over, he intends to visit the family of the deceased person, but stumbles into his younger sister Gong-joo (Moon So-ri) instead. Captivated by her beauty, Jong-do rapes the girl, even though she suffering from a severe brain disease. In spite of Jong-doo's immoral behavior Gong-joo anxiously awaits his return as the two fall into mutual dependence and make love during each meeting until they are caught by the girl's family members…
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Product Title: Oasis 愛的綠洲 (韓國版) 爱的绿洲 (韩国版) オアシス (Oasis) 오아시스
Artist Name(s): Sol Kyung Gu | Moon So Ri 薛景求 | 文 素利 薛景求 | 文 素利 ソル・ギョング | ムン・ソリ 설 경구 | 문 소리
Director: Lee Chang Dong 李滄東 李沧东 イ・チャンドン 이창동
Release Date: 2003-01-03
Language: Korean
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 133 (mins)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002470100

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사랑, 오아시스
뺑소니교통사고로 형을 살다가 교도소에서 막 출소한 종두와 중증뇌성마비 장애인인 공주는 비로소 사랑이란 것을 알게 된다. 모든 사람이 싫어하는 남자인 종두와 세상으로부터 소외된 공주가 그려나가는 사랑은 어설프기 짝이 없지만 둘은 서서히 감정을 교류해 나간다.
사랑 안에서 공주는 정상인으로 걷고 웃고 말하며, 사랑 안에서 종두는 사랑하는 한 여자를 가슴에 보듬는 듬직한 남자다. 둘은 오아시스 그림 앞에서 춤을 추고 사랑을 나누지만 운명은 때로 잔인하게 엇갈린다.
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Professional Review of "Oasis"

December 25, 2002

This professional review refers to Oasis Special Edition

Oasis, along with Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Chihwaseon, is one of the most anticipated Korean films in 2002. It won four awards at the Venice Film Festival and the lead actress Moon So-Ri is the winner of this year's Blue Dragon new actress award.

For the general audience, the focus of this movie is usually the cast, with Sol Kyung-Gu as a young man who is just released from jail and is considered a shame by the family, and Moon So-Ri as a physically handicapped girl who is suffering from serious cramp. Jong-Du (Sol) comes across Gong-Ju (Moon) in an unexpected encounter and he soon forms a strange kind of affection for her. Without the awareness of their families, a clandestine love relationship gradually develops between the two of them... A bizarre love relationship is actually not a very explosive subject, early in this year, Kim Gi-Duk's Bad Guy has already demonstrated the power of sadistic love. Nevertheless, director Lee Chang-Dong's approach is very different from Kim Gi-Duk. He is not an exotic and surrealistic stylist, his style leans more towards the realist school in which a solid and realistic drama structure is stressed.

The two protagonists in this film are very similar, both of them are disabled in a certain way and fail to live in this society without the assistance of other people. Jong-Du is unable to find a good job because of his criminal record and his laziness; Gong-Ju is suffering from cramp that prohibits her from leading a normal life (But she is not mentally handicapped). At first glance, it seems that the director is apathetic for setting up such a forced tragedy, but if you look closely, you will begin to realize that Lee Chang-Dong does actually show genuine emotions towards the characters he designed (He also wrote the script of this movie). His intention of telling this story is to fight for these minorities of the society rather than to tease or ridicule them. The humanitarian attitude of the story should remind you of Japanese master Akira Kurosawa's movies like Red Beard and Dodesukaden. Gong-Ju's tragedy is, to a certain extent, the fault of her ignorant brother. Her brother does not care about her at all. After he is assigned an apartment for the disabled, he leaves her in their dilapidated and shabby apartment and only visits her once a while. That's why he doesn't know Gong-Ju is dating Jong-Du and finally leads to the tragic ending... Jong-Du an Gong-Ju are also discriminated from places to places in the movie. What is introspective is that, their harsh encounters throughout the film are not blatantly performed at all, it is instead a very authentic capture of what is happening around our life in this society every day.

It is no wonder why Sol Kyung-Gu is regarded as the most popular actor in Korea right now. His range and acting ability is so diverse that, in the beginning of the year, you still saw his balloon face in Public Enemy, and in this film, he quickly lost more than 30 pounds and transformed himself into an underweighted young man, and in both movies his roles are equally attractive and impressive. Moon So-Ri as the disabled girl is also flawless. I especially like the several scenes in which she acts like a normal girl and has some funny moments with Jong-Du. These scenes are probably her imagination.

Oasis is a very solid drama that reflects reality in an honest manner. For the minority groups like Gong-Ju and Jong-Du, living in this harsh society is just like being trapped in a hot desert. To find happiness in their life is equal to the odd of finding an oasis in the desert...

Cool guy(s) - Sol Kyung-Gu, Moon So-Ri

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Customer Review of "Oasis"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (9)

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June 29, 2008

This customer review refers to Oasis (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

A movie masterpiece Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
In the past year, I have watched two films that repeatedly had me weeping and left me with tears of gratitude. It is no accident that both are films directed by Lee Chang Dong, "Oasis" and "Secret Sunshine". Both address difficult subjects of great profundity and tackle them with unsparing honesty.

Hong Jong-du (Sol Kyung Gu) is a three-time loser just released from prison for a charge of involuntary manslaughter. A twitchy bundle of nervous energy, Jong-du is a social misfit and an embarrassment to his family. Han Gong-ju (Moon So Ri) is severely crippled by cerebral palsy, spending her days alone and unloved. Both of them are abused by their families for their own gain.

Jong-du visits Gong-ju's home to apologize; it is Gong-ju's father who had been the victim of the manslaughter. Surprisingly, Jong-du is drawn to Gong-ju, but initially he expresses his attraction inappropriately. Gong-ju encourages the relationship and soon, unknown to the families of either of them, it grows into a true self-sacrificing love.

One evening, after Jong-du has taken Gong-ju for a night on the town, she invites him to stay with her in her apartment. When they are locked in an intimate embrace, Gong-ju's relatives drop in for a visit. All heck breaks loose, with Jong-du ending up under arrest for attempted sexual assault. How director Lee Chang Dong resolves this situation (and the film) is a thing of exquisite beauty.

The performances by Sol Kyung Gu and Moon So Ri will take your breathe away. These are terrific actors at the top of their game. Simply put, "Oasis" is a great work of cinematic art. I give it my highest rating.
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August 12, 2003

This customer review refers to Oasis Special Edition
2 people found this review helpful

Again!!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Lee Chang Dong did it again! Another beautiful movie since Green Fish and Peppermint Candy! This is most realistic, beautiful movie I have ever seen! Acting is conveinceable! Great acting! Talk about directing! Excellent!!!!!! Every scene is interesting! You just wan tot see more and more! You like romance? This is IT! Very good actors! Two Thumbs Way UP!!!!!
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August 2, 2003

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1 people found this review helpful

Beautiful Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
If this film had been in competition at Cannes this year it would have won. It was the most expressionistic heartfelt display of pure cinema as art.
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April 7, 2003

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Great Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I just finished watching it. It will take you in to a realm that you may be reluctant to go. I was also reluctant at first. However, you will find beyond their disabilities, empathy. For me, it was a journey into a new place that I found value.

I love the acting. I could not take my eyes of each characters in the movie. They took such a presence in every screen. They are two great actors. I found intresting that they shot the film in chronological order. I think this contributes to the continuous flow of mood in the film.
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January 19, 2003

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More than excellent! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie is amazing. It's already over but I want to see even more! The story makes you care for the characters that much. I was hesitant to try this film at first because I thought it might be somewhat unconfortable with her disability, but after hearing all the hype about Oasis, it really lives up to it and then some. There are happy times and sad times, and it's just terrible the way their two families treated such good people. Major credit should go to the two actors because they truly did a phenomenal job. I would recommend this to anyone, everyone has to see it!!
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