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Failan 파이란. Failan is a 2001 South Korean film written and directed by Song Hae-seong. The film was adapted from a Japanese novel by Jiro Asada. Grand.

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2 Failan is a 2001 South Korean film written and directed by Song Hae-seong. The film was adapted from a Japanese novel by Jiro Asada. Grand Bell Awards 2002 Grand Bell Award for Best Director Deauville Asian Film Festival 2002 Lotus for Best Film It stars Choi Min-sik and Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung.

3 Directed by Produced by Written by Starring Music by Cinematography Editing by Distributed by Release date Running time Song Hae-seong Ahn Sang-hoon Jiro Asada (novel) Song Hae-seong Choi Min-sik (B) Cecilia Cheung (O) Lee Jae-jin Kim Yeong-chul Park Gok-ji Tube Entertainment 28 April min. Failan

4 Failan: Plot Failan, a Chinese woman of Korean descent comes to Korea after the death of her parents in search of her remaining family. Failan, a Chinese woman of Korean descent comes to Korea after the death of her parents in search of her remaining family. Finding they have immigrated to the US, she arranges a fake marriage to obtain a work permit in order to stay in the country. Finding they have immigrated to the US, she arranges a fake marriage to obtain a work permit in order to stay in the country. Though tricked and pressured toward working as a prostitute, Failan escapes this situation to work for an old woman at a laundromat. Though tricked and pressured toward working as a prostitute, Failan escapes this situation to work for an old woman at a laundromat.

5 Failan: Plot Meanwhile, her legal husband, a low-level gangster, dreams of returning to his hometown, but his situation seems to be hopeless as he feuds with other gangland associates and drinks excessively. Meanwhile, her legal husband, a low-level gangster, dreams of returning to his hometown, but his situation seems to be hopeless as he feuds with other gangland associates and drinks excessively. He receives a letter from his wife, whom he has never met, which reinspires him to change his life. He receives a letter from his wife, whom he has never met, which reinspires him to change his life. Tragedy occurs, however, as Failan becomes fatally ill and her husband finds he doesn't have the power to extricate himself from his own personal pitfalls. Tragedy occurs, however, as Failan becomes fatally ill and her husband finds he doesn't have the power to extricate himself from his own personal pitfalls.

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7 The peak of emotional release in your typical romance comes when the heroes meet face-to-face, declaring their undying love, despite insurmountable challenges that threaten to tear them apart. However, what happens when you have a romance in which the protagonists never actually meet? Can the same level of emotional intensity be achieved? Well, if the South Korean-Chinese co-production “Failan” is any indication, the answer is undoubtedly 'yes'. Not only does “Failan” brilliantly pull off the conceit of crafting a romance between two characters without even a single shared conversation, but it does it so well that it will make even the most cynical of moviegoers weepy-eyed.

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9 "Failan" is the sophomore feature of director Song Hae-seong, who made a splash in 1999 with another time-twisting romance, "Calla". This time, working with Japanese novelist Jiro Asada and his best-selling novel "Love Letter" (which was made into a memorable Japanese film in 1995), Song creates a romantic tragedy with an emotional force that is not easily shaken. Executed with the same quiet subtlety seen in other recent Korean romances (e.g. "Christmas in August" and "Il Mare"), "Failan“ illustrates the tragic missed opportunity between its two lovers, while eloquently examining what it means and how it feels, to be in love. Despite having never met, they end up giving each other the dignity and self-respect that their lives had been missing for so long.

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11 As the film's main character, Cheung does the best work of her career. Though her Mandarin is sloppy, and she occasionally lapses into Cantonese for no apparent reason, her sympathetic turn as the quiet Failan is a marvel to watch. She breathes life into the story's tragic heroine, particularly with two of the film's more memorable sequences: Failan using quick-thinking to avoid being sold to a strip club, and the heart-wrenching first night at her new home. It is also easy to see why Choi, as Cheung's love interest, is one of Korea's most popular actors -- despite his character's slovenly appearance and boorish behavior, Choi evokes sympathy for Kang-jae with a nuanced performance that reveals the man's insecurity and gentle spirit.

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