Oasis(Hangul: 오아시스) (2002) isSouth KoreaLee Chang-dong's third feature film, and the last one he directed before his stint as South Korea's Minister of Culture. The film's plot tells about the difficult romance between a mildly mentally disabled man who was just released from jail after a two and a half year sentence forinvoluntary manslaughterand a woman with severecerebral palsy. Starring in these roles are the couple from Lee Chang-dong's previous filmPeppermint Candy:Sol Kyung-guandMoon So-ri. The movie also shows how the two main characters are treated by their families and perceived by the people around them.
The film was a critical success, earning prizes in numerous film festivals. Among the most important were the special director's prize given to Lee Chang-dong at theVenice Film Festivaland the Marcello Mastroianni award for best "first time" actress given to Moon So-ri at the same event.