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Huhwihaji Anha (No Regret) (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Romantic drama that interweaves the bliss of love with the harsh politics of class distinction. Sumin, an orphan from the countryside, goes to Seoul to study art design. Supporting himself with odd jobs, he comes to the attention of Jaemin, a man from a rich and conservative background. But, Sumin loses his factory job and begins to prostitute himself in order to survive. Despite the vast differences in their socio-economic status, Jaemin is determined to win Sumin's heart.

Mar 31, 2009

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Even a melodrama can be made credible in the hands of a skilled director, as Leesong Hee-Il reminds us in No Regret.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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As a love story, it could scarcely be more tempestuous and as an exposé of class differences and sexual hypocrisy it could hardly be more scathing -- or, more important, entertaining.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Part soap opera, part soft-core gay sex movie, No Regret is the debut feature by Leesong Hee-il, who is said to be South Korea's first openly gay filmmaker.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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[Director] Leesong fails to extrapolate the insights of the brothel milieu into his larger agenda: a melodramatic love-hate affair between Sumin and Jaemin so schematic it's unintelligible.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The tale of class-clashing lovers plays out predictably until the final act, which appears to have been inspired by Oscar Wilde's observations that each man kills the thing he loves and nothing succeeds like excess.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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Sexy, gritty and inspired, No Regret captures a love story so true and aching and unforgettable, it crosses gender lines completely.

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
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Invites comparisons with "Brokeback Mountain", but this $100,000 Korean film is far better in every respect. Not to be missed.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Leesong Hee-il's miserabilist l'amour fou might seem on its surface to lack either the Sirkian glow or Fassbinderesque kick to make its melodrama work--and it does, but Leesong seasons the familiar hokeyness with some flair.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Huhwihaji Anha (No Regret)

The debut of Corean director Leesong Hee-il is a devastating, tragic romance between an orphan who becomes a male prostitute and a rich young businessman who gets obsessed by him. A turbulent, intense love story that hurts and feels quite real - and Lee Young-hoon is not only an impressively handsome actor, but also notably talented.
May 26, 2010
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No Regret was for me one more of the best Korean movie I have seen so far and certainly the most memorable gay-themed Korean movie. The acting was wonderful, the superbly talented Lee Young Hoon, who was simply heartbreaking and the chemistry they had on screen was AMAZING. Lee Song Hee Il's script and direction was top. More remarkable when one considers that this was this first movie. Some may comment it was over the top but you have to remember that Asian sensibilities and their respective story lines are different. This movie was worth watching and enjoying. I will admit the movie was a bit slow in parts but the overall was highly satisfying.


I wonder what this director Leesong Hee-il will bring up next..
August 9, 2009
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Daisy Maduro

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It starts out pretty cliche but the actors have good chemistry and it was okay. The last half hour or so though spins out of control with dramatic twists and then becomes surprisingly dark.
April 7, 2009
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