The Early Films of Lee Chang Dong: Oasis


South Korea | 2002 | 132 min. | Lee Chang-dong

June 14 - 20, 2024

The Early Films of Lee Chang Dong

Jong-du, a feckless young man with three previous convictions, meets Gong-ju, a young woman with cerebral palsy. Over a series of clandestine meetings, the two come to fall in love with each other, though their connection is not one that is understood by anyone else. New 4K restoration.

Content Advisory: Contains a scene of sexual violence.

After serving time for killing a man in a hit-and-run car accident, Hong Jong-du (Sul Kyung-gu) is released with no money and nowhere to go. His family has abandoned him. While trying to make amends, he meets Han Gong-ju (Moon So-ri), his victim's adult daughter. She is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy and all but abandoned in a cheap apartment by her callous family. Gong-ju's innate tenderness appeals to the uncontrollably impulsive Jong-du, and the pair begin an improbable relationship.

  • Director: Lee Chang-dong
  • Principal Cast: Sol Kyung-gu, Moon So-ri, Ahn Nae-sang, Ryu Seung-wan
  • Country: South Korea
  • Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 132 min.
  • Producer: Min-cheul Cho, Jeon Jay, Gye-nam Myeong
  • Screenplay: Lee Chang-dong
  • Cinematographers: Yeong-taek Choi
  • Editors: Hyun Kim
  • Music: Jaejin Lee
  • Filmography: Green Fish (96), Poetry (10), Peppermint Candy (99), Secret Sunshine (07)
  • Language: Korean