Actor YOO Ji-tae Triumphs with Directorial Debut
Popular actor YOO Ji-tae
, well known for the portraying the ageless villain in PARK Chan-wook
’s Old Boy
(2003), has just won his first prize as a feature director. During the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France, YOO’s debut feature film Mai Ratima
was awarded the Jury Prize.
, which stars PARK Ji-soo
and BAE Soo-bin
, is a drama and romance dealing with immigration. A young Thai woman is stuck in a loveless marriage in a Korean family that abuses her. One day she meets the a young man who defends her honor and they pick up and leave for Seoul together, beginning an unlikely romance in the process, but their troubles are only beginning.
Having spent the last few years experimenting with directing short films, last year YOO presented his feature debut Mai Ratima
which had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival
. His film was later selected as the opening film of the Deauville Asian Film Festival for what was its International Premiere.