No Regret (2008)

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A working-class South Korean homosexual and a factory owner's engaged son embark on a clandestine love affair in director Hee-il Leesong's heartfelt tale of forbidden love. The first-ever South Korean feature by an openly gay filmmaker, No Regret begins as orphan Lee Su-min (Yeong-hun Lee) leaves behind both his rural orphanage and one-time lover. Later finding work at a Seoul factory and sharing an apartment with an unquestionably heterosexual workmate, Lee supplements his income by working … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Leesong Hee-il, Hee-il Leesong
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On DVD: Mar 31, 2009
Runtime:
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as Song Jae-min

as Jaemin
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Critic Reviews for No Regret

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
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.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
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Audience Reviews for 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.

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Carlos Magalhães

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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..

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Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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.

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Sunil Jawahir

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