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 Kang Jae (Choi Min Shik) is an old and outdated gangster who has no respect from his peers.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

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Color:

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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Arguably, the best movie of the 21st century so far
5 January 2002 | by hiker2galaxySee all my reviews

If you are a fan of world cinema, don't miss this film, arguably the best film of the 21st century so far.

After the first watching this film, I was left dumb-founded. How can I understand this movie? Is this really a melodrama? How can a movie where main male and female characters really never meet be a melodrama? Though, this movie is still an absolutely heart-breaking and tear-jerking love story. This movie is a quantum leap in the melodrama genre. We will probably never see a melodrama like this one again. This movie not only completely rewrites the rules of melodramas but shows that a melodrama can deliver powerful social commentary. Can a melodrama be subversive? Check it yourself. This movie is as subversive as Fight Club.

Though this movie is based on 'Love Letter', a Japanese short fiction by Jiro Asada, the movie is much richer in social context. Failan is the saddest movie in my living memory. I don't know how many times I have seen this film. I cry at the same parts during each viewing. The ending where Failan sang for her 'husband' is simply heart-wrenching. The saddest of all is that even Failan could not save us, poor souls like her husband, from this cruel world. Then, who can? Only death?


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