This is a film of bold sexuality, where unexpected passion, desire and misunderstandings wreak havoc of an operatic intensity.
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.
The line between sex and love, however, blurs when Jaemin, a man whose fate seems irrevocably tied to his, appears in his life once again, but this time as a high-rolling client. As lost souls become further and further entangled in a sexually-charged relationship, their vastly different worlds collide in a most tragic way.
Set in Seoul’s sleazy rent-boy scene, No Regret is a startling erotic thriller, exploring the complexities and pressures of gay life in South Korea’s burgeoning queer community.
(Source: London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; youtube synopsis)
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Original Title: Huhwihaji anha
Tagline: Divided by Class, United by Passion.
Country: South Korea
Director: Hee-il Leesong
Stars: Nam-gil Kim, Young-hoon Lee, Hyeon-cheol Jo
Run time: 113 mins