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No Regret (2006)

Huhwihaji anha (original title)
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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... See full summary »

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Hee-il Leesong

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Hee-il Leesong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nam-gil Kim ... Song Jae-min (as Han Lee)
Young-hoon Lee Young-hoon Lee ... Lee Su-min
Hyeon-cheol Jo Hyeon-cheol Jo ... Jung-tae
Dong-wook Kim Dong-wook Kim ... Ga-ram
Seung-kil Jeong Seung-kil Jeong ... Madame
Hwa-yeong Kim Hwa-yeong Kim ... Jae-min's mother
Seung-cheol Lee Seung-cheol Lee ... Jae-min's father
Jeong-hwa Kim Jeong-hwa Kim ... Hyun-woo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doo-yeong Choi Doo-yeong Choi
Choon-ha Hwang Choon-ha Hwang ... Jae-chul
Gi-woong Park ... Gay Employee
Mi-hyeon Park Mi-hyeon Park ... Restaurant Manager
Ik-joon Yang Ik-joon Yang
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

16 November 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

No Regret See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,181, 27 July 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,620, 14 September 2008
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Generation Blue Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Brilliant gay-themed drama - superb performances, direction
9 April 2009 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

I was very surprised at the quality of this film. Script, direction and performances were superb. It is a gritty, often violent romance between two young men of different classes and the love that almost destroys them.

Su-Min is an 18 year old orphan who comes to the city of Seoul, Korea to find work so that he can put himself through college and gain an education. He works at a variety of jobs, one of which is a car service. Here he meets the tortured Jae-Min Song, a wealthy closeted young man, who is trapped by his parents into a soon to be heterosexual wedding.

Jae-Min falls hard for Su-Min, who rejects him because of his contempt for the rich and careless. When Su-Min loses his jobs, he turns to a life of prostitution in an all-male brothel, where Jae-Min tracks him down as a client, only further gaining Su-Min's contempt.

It is Jae-Min's true love and constant pursuit of Su-Min that finally wins him over. The jaded Su-Min allows himself to return the love, but the road to happiness is paved with many pitfalls, all arising out of the class hatred and opposite backgrounds of the two protagonists.

The film's first half occurs almost always at night in murky and oftentimes unpleasant locations. When love blossoms it is all sunlight playing over naked bodies. Then night falls once again.

The script is very believable in depicting the conflicts of the main characters, although it has some plot continuity problems at times. The subtitles are poorly written and spelled, but one can grasp what is happening at all times.

Both Lee Young-hoon as Su-Min and Kim Nam-gil as Jae-Min turn in extraordinary emotional performances - every nuance from elation to grief is superbly expressed. Director-writer Leesong Hee-il in his first feature has the firm control over every detail of a veteran film director and does an astonishing job here.

This is the best gay-themed film to come out of Asia and the Pacific Islands thus far and is close to masterpiece status. One of the great film experiences for gay audiences.


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