This weeks Trailer Thursday is themed for the LGBT Blogathon hosted over at YAM Magazine. Leesong Hee-il’s No Regret (2006) is a rarity for Korean film in that it treats gay issues in a mature and normal way. The only one that even came close was 2002′s Road Movie (Kim In-Sik). The story about Su-min and Jae-min is quiet, romantic and sometimes hilarious. Free from the mincing queens that usually grace the Korean screen, the film allows these characters to live and breath and have fun. Leesong Hee-il is also the first openly gay director in mainstream Korean film and talented. He had previously worked on 2004′s Camellia Project and released his second feature Break Away in 2009.
I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see a Korean film actually freed from stereotypes. To see gay characters who were more representative of my gay Korean friends. Leesong is a director that has room to grow, and I look forward to following his progress. It was released in North America by Here! and can be found on Amazon.
The Korean Trailer:
The American Trailer: