“Lee's humanitarian plea for tolerance is one of the most original films of the decade.” - G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

“No movie in recent memory has so clearly translated the secret language of lovers normally lost on the rest of the world.” - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

“A loving and lovely film.” - Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News

Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. & Saturday, May 11, 5:45 p.m. | Recently released from prison and ostracized by his family, Hong Jong-du meets Gong-ju, the daughter of the victim of the hit-and-run accident for which he went to jail. Suffering from severe cerebral palsy and wheelchair-bound, Gong-ju requires thoughtful care, but has similarly been abandoned by her family. Improbably, the two begin a relationship, a bond seemingly strengthened by the similar insurmountable obstacles they face as individuals. Praised as a “love story both brave and disturbing” by Roger Ebert, OASIS won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. Content consideration: contains themes of sexual assault.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Best Foreign Film, Film Independent Spirit Awards
Winner - Silver Lion, Best Young Actress (Moon So-ri), FIPRESCI Prize, SIGNIS Award, Venice Film Festival 
Winner - Best Film, Best Actor (Sol Kyung-gu), Best Actress (Moon So-ri), Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

Lee Chang-dong: Redemption and Revelations: One of South Korea’s most celebrated contemporary auteurs, Lee Chang-dong’s relatively short but extraordinary filmography is reflective of his background as an acclaimed writer and influenced by his criticism of South Korea's cultural and political climates. Novelistic and character driven, his six feature films explore themes of trauma and anger, with individuals pushed to their breaking point by repressive systems, structures, and situations. View full series.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu