Actor Lee Beom-soo made his debut as a film director on Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Lee directed a low-budget short film as part of its no-smoking campaign.
The film has been produced for the campaign movie which is titled "The Three Mirrors." This is a combination of three individual films directed by Lee and two other esteemed movie directors.
Lee's short film, "The Puppet," addresses issues pertaining to women smokers and underage smoking. It also addresses the larger question of whether cigarette manufacturers should be allowed to freely market their products.
In the film, the protagonist becomes addicted to smoking, consequently becoming, as Lee puts it, "the cigarette's puppet."
"I compared addicted smokers to puppets in my title," Lee said at a media preview session on Tuesday. "This is my debut as a movie director and it reminds me of when I first began acting. I'm excited."
The other two films are "Trap," directed by Lee Ji-seung, an adjunct professor at Konkuk University and director of the 2012 film "Azooma," and "Smoke," directed by Kim Kyeong-hyeong, a professor at the Seoul Arts College and director of the 2003 film "My Tutor Friend."
"The three films are expected to cause a ripple of reactions, giving the audience a chance to ponder the harm caused by smoking," a ministry official said in a statement. "I think it will definitely promote the ‘no-smoking' cause to a significant degree."
Lee is currently an honorary ambassador of the no-smoking campaign. Most recently, he played the role of a North Korean renegade spy in the TV series "Iris 2."
The health and welfare ministry will release the second film on Sept. 16 and its third on Oct. 14.