Oasis (2002)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - May 7, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 132 min.  |   Countries - South Korea  |  
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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 bails him out and sets him up with a menial job and a place to live. The crime that originally landed Jong-du in prison was a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of an old man. One day he goes to visit the victim's family, and meets Gong-ju (Moon So-ri), the man's daughter, who has cerebral palsy. After a disastrous first meeting, the two begin an unlikely love affair that exposes the callousness and uncomfortable secrets of both of their families.

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cerebral-palsy, cruelty, family-secrets, handicap, hit-and-run, mental-retardation, prison