This movie is about redemption, but also the permanency of past outcomes as they relate to the present.
This movie will make you cry, but Choi also delivers some painfully hilarious fight scenes.
The police arrive at his door, and it turns out his wife is dead. Failan is a Chinese immigrant who was seeking her aunt, but she moved away. Failan's parents passed away, and she has no one left. Someone sets up Kang and Failan to be married, as simply a marriage of convenience.
Through flashbacks, we get to see how the innocent and simple Failan lived. Even though Kang has never even met her, she worships and admires him with a small picture. She thinks the world of him, despite the fact that he doesn't give a shit about her.
As he travels to where she lived and worked, he realized how he has affected her life and how he could have been there for her to make her illness a bit more bearable.
Cecilia Chung gives a masterful performance, as the quiet and simple Failan. She is not without merit, as a clever move on her part allows her to avoid a job at a seedy night club. She bites her own cheek in the washroom and pretend to be ill, so she gets a better job as a laundromat instead.
Relying on the sentimental letters and flashbacks, Failan is a sad tragic drama about perspective. The acting from Chung alone makes it worth a viewing.