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No Regret (2006)

Huhwihaji anha (original title)
Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job. One night, a rich young businessman makes an advance on him during one of his driving... See full summary »

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Song Jae-min (as Han Lee)
Young-hoon Lee ...
Lee Su-min
Hyeon-cheol Jo ...
Jung-tae
Dong-wook Kim ...
Ga-ram
Seung-kil Jeong ...
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Hwa-yeong Kim ...
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Seung-cheol Lee ...
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Jeong-hwa Kim ...
Hyun-woo
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Doo-yeong Choi
Ik-joon Yang
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Sumin is an orphan trying to balance work in a factory with study at an art college and an evening job. One night, a rich young businessman makes an advance on him during one of his driving jobs. They meet again the next day: it is during a round of redundancy cuts at the factory where Sumin refuses an attempt by a man (who is in fact the boss' son Jaemin) to save his job. Eventually, Sumin is seduced into working as a prostitute in an up-market boy-brothel as Jaemin's obsession with him grows, leaving Jaemin helpless in the face of his overwhelming desire. This is a film of bold sexuality, where unexpected passion, desire and misunderstandings wreak havoc of an operatic intensity. Written by London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

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Divided by Class, United by Passion.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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16 November 2006 (South Korea)  »

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No Regret  »

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Opening Weekend:

$4,181 (USA) (25 July 2008)

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$14,620 (USA) (12 September 2008)
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Haunting & unforgettable
28 April 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I recently purchased this film from dvdfromkorea.com & I have no hesitation in saying that it's one of the best films to have come out of South Korea in the last few years - and certainly the most memorable gay-themed Korean movie. It's also proof that a miniscule budget (of reportedly just US$100,000!) needn't compromise artistic standards. The acting is wonderful (including the superbly talented Lee Young Hoon, who is simply heartbreaking), and Leesong Hee-il's script and direction are top-notch - all the more remarkable when one considers that this was the first feature-length film for both men. Yes, the film does take an unexpected narrative shift toward the end - one that may strike some first-time viewers as implausible - but subsequent viewings should enhance one's understanding of the reasons for this change. And while it's also true that the English subtitles could have been better, I certainly had no difficulty following them.

A great film - and one that I've returned to many times. I can't wait to see what the very gifted Leesong Hee-il comes up with next.


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