'First' Korean Gay Movie Opens in US + Outfest Winners

No Regret Korean gay movie Lee Young-Hoon
'First' Korean gay movie: Lee Young-Hoon in No Regret.

'First' Korean gay movie opens in the United States: 'No Regret'

Leesong Hee-il's No Regret / Huhwihaji anha, which has been billed as the “first gay film from South Korea” (I'm not sure if that's true), follows a young man named Sumin (Lee Young-Hoon, in his feature debut), who leaves the orphanage where he grew up to study art design in Seoul. After losing his job at a factory due to cutbacks, Sumin tries to make ends meet by working as a prostitute at a gay bar. Not long after that, he meets Jaemin (Lee Han a.k.a. Kim Nam-gil), who comes from a rich and reactionary family. Things start out well, but various problems begin to surface as their relationship evolves.

A Regent release, No Regret is currently playing in New York City (Cinema Village) and in West Hollywood (Sunset 5). The film is also scheduled to open in Palm Desert, Calif., (Cinemas Palme d'Or, Aug. 1), Portland (Living Room Theaters, Aug. 22), and San Francisco (Landmark Lumiere, Aug. 29).

Director Leesong Hee-il movies

According to the IMDb, No Regret is Leesong Hee-il's first solo feature-film, following his work with Choi Jin-sung and So Joon-moon on Dongbaek-kkot, which somehow got translated into the meandering Camellia Project: Three Queer Stories at Bogil Island (2005), and one segment in the omnibus feature Sajaseongeo (2002), which consists of four erotic stories.

Korean gay movie 'No Regret' cast

Besides Lee Young-Hoon and Lee Han / Kim Nam-gil, Leesong Hee-il's No Regret features Jo Hyeon-cheol, Kim Dong-wook, Jeong Seung-kil, Kim Hwa-yeong, Lee Seung-cheol, and Kim Jeong-hwa. No Regret co-star Lee Han has one previous film credit: Kim Young-nam's romance tale Don't Look Back / Nae cheongchun-ege goham, released in 2005. No Regret opened in South Korea in November 2006.

Lee Young-Hoon in Leesong Hee-il's No Regret photo: Regent Releasing.

Outfest Awards

2008 Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival: July 9-21

Grand Jury Awards:

Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature:
WERE THE WORLD MINE directed by Thomas Gustafson

Outstanding International Dramatic Feature:
XXY directed by Lucia Puenzo

Outstanding Documentary Feature:
SEX POSITIVE directed by Daryl Wein

Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film:
Tye Olson in WATERCOLORS

Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film:
Nicole Bilderback in THE NEW TWENTY

Outstanding Screenwriting:
James Bolton, screenwriter, DREAM BOY

Outstanding Dramatic Short:
COUNTERTRANSFERENCE directed by Madeleine Olnek

Outstanding Documentary Short:
LA CORONA (THE CROWN) directed by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega

Special Programming Awards:

Outfest Freedom Award:
FOOTBALL UNDER COVER directed by David Assmann and Ayat Najafi

Outstanding Emerging Talent ($5,000 product grant from Kodak):
Dave O'Brien, director, EQUALITY U

Outstanding Artistic Achievement:
Matt Wolf, director, WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL

Audience Awards:

Outstanding Dramatic Feature:
HAMLET 2 directed by Andrew Fleming

HBO Outstanding First Dramatic Feature ($5,000 cash prize):
WATERCOLORS directed by David Oliveras

Outstanding Documentary Feature:
A PLACE TO LIVE directed by Carolyn Coal

Outstanding Dramatic Short:
I'M JIN-YOUNG directed by Lee Sung-eun

Outstanding Documentary Short:
LA CORONA (THE CROWN) by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega

Outstanding Soundtrack:
HAMLET 2

U.S. Dramatic Features Jury: Calpernia Addams, Cheryl Dunye, Randal Kleiser, Bahman Naraghi

International Dramatic Features Jury: J. Halberstam, Vicci Ho, Barry Sabath

Documentary Features Jury: Kibi Anderson, Maria San Filippo, Rob Williams

Short Film Jury: Jessica Graham, Todd Luoto, Dee Rees

Outfest images

Photos: Brian Putnam

Tye Olson, Craig Chester, Nicole Bilderback
Best actor winner Tye Olson (Watercolors), presenter Craig Chester, best actress winner Nicole Bilderback (The New Twenty)

Zelda Williams, Nathaniel David Becker and Tanner Cohen
The stars of Were the World Mine, the jury's choice for best film: Zelda Williams, Nathaniel David Becker and Tanner Cohen

T. R. Knight, Mark Cornelsen, Kirsten Schaffer
Mark Cornelsen, Outfest executive director Kirsten Schaffer, T. R. Knight

J. P. Calderon, Momma
J. P. Calderon, Momma.

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3 Comments to 'First' Korean Gay Movie Opens in US + Outfest Winners

  1. ade

    how can i get this film,please reply to my email

  2. Lily

    C'etait vraiment fantastique. Des acteurs tellement talentueux. Du vrai cinema. Je n'aurai jamais imaginé voir un film coréen gay mais quelle ignorance de ma part. 10/10. je le recommande á tout le monde.