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Failan (Cecilia Chung) immigrates to Korea from China to seek her only remaining relatives but finds that her relatives have moved. Desperate to stay, she is forced to seek marriage through a match-making agency, to a petty thug named Kang (Choi Min-sik).

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Critic Reviews for Failan

All Critics (3)

  • "Failan" feeatures an original and well-presented mixture of gangster film and romantic melodrama, although the fact that the last element is the one that eventually takes over, deprive it of becoming a masterpiece.

    Jan 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Failan


Funny old film, it seems to be one of those gangster-newly-out-of-jail stories but then sneaks into a romance & redemption plot with a terminal illness shoved in for good measure. And the lead's that bloke from Old Boy. Strangely likeable despite the unsubtle soundtrack.

Lesley N
Lesley N

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Very touching romantic film which is devoid of any real romance. You'll know what I mean if you watch it. At times it borders on melodrama sentimentality which harms the most emotional of scenes. We don't need somebody crying, a haunting voice over AND sad piano music to get the point across. For the majority of the film though, it is a gradual character piece with real heart. Kang-jae is a great down and out gangster who has meaning given to his life by somebody he doesn't even meet. Sad, but never quite confident to let the story speak for itself.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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Interesting mix of gangster and love story genres.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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