Actor Yoo Ji-tae released "Mai Ratima," his first full-length film as a director, at the Busan International Film Festival, which featured 304 films from 75 countries and attracted 200,000 viewers during its 10-day run that ended Saturday.
He wrote a synopsis while still at college but it would be another 15 years before the project was finally turned into a movie, Yoo said. He again proved his potential as a director after having rolled out several short films, which were all highly critically appraised.
The film portrays the unlikely love affair of a Korean man in his 30s living on the bottom rung of society and a mail-order bride from Thailand in her 20s.
Yoo said he plans to continue producing or directing movies based on strong social issues as he is interested in the plight of the less privileged.