Jong-du, a young man, has just been released from prison after serving 2 years for manslaughter. Jong-du is not your typical criminal; he suffers from some form of mental shortcoming that leaves him a figety, snuffling, social outcast who cannot seem to get along with anyone. One of his first stops after being released is the family of the victim. He is met with hostility and sent away but not before seeing Gong-ju, a young woman who suffers from a severe case of cerebral palsy. Chang-dong Lee's Oasis has got to be one of the most unique and unconventional love stories ever told. Both Jong-du and Gong-ju find themselves constantly abused by their families, used whenever it's convenient and ignored whenever they actually need help. These two characters are souls who have trouble finding any real connection, with even the most simple of relationships being nearly impossible for them and yet they are able to form a powerful relationship with each other. Oasis is a film that really gets to the core of love examining these two individuals who are completely inarticulate. Even the communication among themselves is minimal but they support each other, take care of each other, and grow stronger together. With everything told through the point-of-view of our two flawed characters Chang-dong Lee creates a mesmerizing plea for tolerance, capturing the indictment of cruelty and indifference that family and society as a whole can have on anyone outside of this preconceived normality.
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