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Jumong star Song Il-kook headlines this three-part period drama produced for Korean television, and set during the Japanese occupation of Korea. In-hee (Jang Shin-Young) is on the run from an arranged marriage when she crosses paths with handsome musician Gi-hyun (Il-kook). Their friendship blossoming into love over the course of the next few years, In-hee lands a job in radio while Gi-hyun finds success as a saxophone player. When Gi-hyun discovers In-hee's boss Young-jin (Lee Jung-Gill) - a Korean national whose loyalties reside with the Japanese - is the same man who previously killed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A loving and lovely film."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Perhaps the most harrowing screen romance ever."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"a touching, if uncomfortable, depiction of conservative Korean society as the danger from which misfits sometimes need protection (rather than the other way round)."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"It has some rough spots - but the more you think about this movie, the more you care about these characters."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"There's always a danger when lead roles are disabled characters to make them too sympathetic. A deft touch is required, and Lee delivers."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"A brave film in the way it shows two people who find any relationship almost impossible, and yet find a way to make theirs work."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Lee's humanitarian plea for tolerance is one of the most original films of the decade, and Moon provides the soul."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"a subversive slice of Seoul life that's both funny and heartbreaking"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Its honesty and avoidance of comfortable closure make it a refreshing change from the sort of phony uplift such stories ordinarily receive on the screen."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A dark, off-putting film that offers spare insights but may not be worth the effort it takes to view it."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The actors' scenes together are simultaneously abrasive and oddly gentle: two untamable people trying to stabilize each other."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A love story of two young people marginalized by family and society that becomes a scorching indictment of the indifference, cruelty and hypocrisy of those institutions as the couple inevitably come into profound conflict with them."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Makes you pay a dear price before getting to the sublime beauty of such a disturbing film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Oasis is the kind of film that is a must for any serious film buff...and the adventurous movie-goer who isn't afraid of a little challenge."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It sounds like a pervy after-school special, but Oasis features one of the year's most remarkable performances."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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