Friday, June 22, 2007

No Regret (후회하지않아)

Su-Min is an orphan boy, kicked out of the orphanage when he turned 18, forced to take whatever work he can find to make a living, eventually becoming a rentboy in a high-class brothel in Seoul. He befriends some of the other boys, but finds a wealthy client he can't seem to shake, even when he threatens to kill the client if he shows up again. And then things get really melodramatic. There were a number of beautiful scenes, with solid performances and cute guys (including newcomer Lee Young-hoon as Su-Min), but the melodrama was over the top and the ending hit all the wrong notes. Flawed, but worth seeing.

No Regret (후회하지않아), dir. Leesong Hee-il, 2006 Korea, 112 min., in Korean with English subtitles

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