Huhwihaji Anha (No Regret)
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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 nights as a driver for hire. When drunken fare Jae-min Song (Han Lee) makes a tentative pass at… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even a melodrama can be made credible in the hands of a skilled director, as Leesong Hee-Il reminds us in No Regret."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"[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."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Invites comparisons with "Brokeback Mountain", but this $100,000 Korean film is far better in every respect. Not to be missed."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Sexy, gritty and inspired, No Regret captures a love story so true and aching and unforgettable, it crosses gender lines completely."
‑ Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com
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