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Pairan (2001)

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Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met.

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After losing both her parents, Failan (Cecilia Cheung) emmigrates to Korea to seek her only remaining relatives. Once she reaches Korea, she finds out that her relatives have moved to Canada well over a year ago. Desperate to stay and make a living in Korea, Failan is forced to have an arranged marriage through a match-making agency. Kang Jae (Choi Min Shik) is an old and outdated gangster who has no respect from his peers. Short on money, Kang Jae decides to take on the arranged marriage. Having nothing more than a picture of Kang Jae, Failan spends her days dreaming and wishing that Kang Jae would come to visit her. Failan often writes to Kang Jae in sorrow about how much she misses and thinks about him, but never has the nerve to give the letters to Kang Jae. Things take a turn when Kang Jae is asked by his boss to take the fall for a murder in exchange for some money. The only hope in his worthless life is the wife he never met. Written by Basia & Moj...

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A very beautiful and moving picture
16 October 2004 | by (San Francisco, USA) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine told me about this Korean movie. He's a rough fellow, not the soft type. But he said this is the one movie that made him cry. Mind you, I hate sappy movies too.

Although this movie didn't make me cry, I can see why others have found it so moving. It tells a tragic story of a pure hearted girl, who is so hard to find in this modern world. But it also tells a story of another tragic character: a gangster, a commoner--the one that we all know.

I also found this movie entertaining in other ways. Acting is top notch, and the story and dialogs are pretty funny too at times in its realistic ways. Some of its intense scenes have burnt permanent images in my head.

If you're a Hollywood blockbuster junkie, don't bother with this movie, because you'll never get it. If you have the slightest ability to appreciate finer things, this is a must see movie.

Another gem from Korea.

Cheers!


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