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Failan (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 April 2001 (South Korea)
Kangjae, a small time gangster receive a news that his wife Failan is dead. Failan, his wife who he never met.

Directors:

Hae-sung Song (as Hye-seong Song), Hae-sung Song (as Hye-sung Song)

Writers:

Jirô Asada (novel), Hae-sung Song (as Hye-seong Song)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Min-sik Choi ... Kang-jae (as Min-shik Choi)
Cecilia Cheung ... Failan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dae-Hoon Jeong Dae-Hoon Jeong
Hyeong-jin Kong ... Kyung-Su
Byung-ho Son Byung-ho Son
Jin-ho Song Jin-ho Song ... Newscaster
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Storyline

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 Kang Jae (Choi Min Shik) is an old and outdated gangster who has no respect from his peers.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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

28 April 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Файлан See more »

Filming Locations:

Inchon, South Korea

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,665
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Black and White (some sequences)| Color
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Trivia

When Failan is outside the video shop, a poster of the movie Il Mare (2000) can be seen. See more »

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Version of Love Letter (1998) See more »

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Best Korean drama so far?
14 March 2003 | by puralchingoSee all my reviews

This is one of the top 3, if not the best, Korean drama I've seen so far. I admit I was stunned by the beauty of Cecilia Cheung, but even though that might have had some effect on my objectivity, "Failan"'s still a very good film. The acting performances by Cheung and especially by Choi Min-sik are strong and believable.

In short, this is a drama of two persons, Kang-jae and Failan, who are married with each other, but never even meet. (check the DVD for the details.) Yet they share the same tragic fate. The saddest thing of this sad story is that you know that if the two characters would meet just once, everything would turn out ok.

The story is originally written by a Japanese, Jiro Asada, who also wrote the Japanese top hit "Love letter". Even though the story in "Failan" is different from "Love letter", some resemblance can be noticed in the structure of both films. And most of all, you get the same mix of sad and warm feelings in both. And that's why I really like "Failan". Because even though the film is entirely sad, it is also in a way warm and beautiful.

Maybe a bit more focus on the Failan character instead of the smalltime crook Kang-jae would be desirable. After all, the emotional part of the story does not begin until the appearance of Failan.

Korean film has improved enormously in the last few years. "Failan" is a good example and I highly recommend it. Overall rating 8,5.


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