Oasis (2003)

Korean director Lee Chang-dong's drama begins on the day that Jong-du (Sol Kyung-gu), a mentally handicapped young man, is released from prison. He is immediately arrested again for being unable to pay a restaurant bill, and his brother… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 11, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lead actress Moon So-ri's stand out performance gives this harrowing film much of its power.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

A loving and lovely film.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Perhaps the most harrowing screen romance ever.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

a touching, if uncomfortable, depiction of conservative Korean society as the danger from which misfits sometimes need protection (rather than the other way round).

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

Lee's humanitarian plea for tolerance is one of the most original films of the decade, and Moon provides the soul.

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Don Willmott

a subversive slice of Seoul life that's both funny and heartbreaking

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The actors' scenes together are simultaneously abrasive and oddly gentle: two untamable people trying to stabilize each other.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Makes you pay a dear price before getting to the sublime beauty of such a disturbing film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
I'm starting to think that Lee Chang Dong might be South Korea's best kept secret. Oasis is another stunning film from one of South Korea's… More
Walter M.
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Luke Baldock
This is one of the most painfully beautiful movies ever made. Oasis is the story of a man that is responsible for the death of a man in a drink driving… More
Jesse Ortega
This is the second movie of my epic marathon. You know one of the problem that I have with the movie, whose unnamed sequel comes out today, was that the 2 main… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A love story told in a brutally honest way. In the hands of someone else this could have failed miserable, it could had become another dumb feel-good fantasy… More
alan jay
Slow moving drama at times, I think this story says more about the attitudes and treatment about the handicapped in S. Korea than about any love story between… More