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Failan (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 28 April 2001 (South Korea)
A marriage of convenience between a petty gangster and an illegal immigrant he has never met has unforeseen consequences for them both.

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:
Choi Min-sik ... 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 Son Jin-ho Son ... Newscaster (as Jin-ho Song)
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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 Kang Jae (Choi Min Shik) is an old and outdated gangster who has no respect from his peers.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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Trivia

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

Connections

Version of Love Letter (1998) See more »

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This movie broke my heart and now i am trying to put the pieces back together.
7 July 2004 | by wolfovicSee all my reviews

I watched Failan yesterday and i still feel my nerves vibrating when i think about the most intense moments. I could loose myself now praising the protagonists actors Min-sik Choi and Cecilia Cheung, but to keep it simple i only say they did a incredible good job. Korean cinema delivers one masterpiece after another, as 'A tale of two sisters' watched a few days before, manages to define a new standard as well. Now i have to regenerate for a while before i am able to fully appreciate another emotional challenging stuff like this. Absolute recommendation. 10/10


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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

28 April 2001 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Failan 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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