I saw a “Thai” movie at Pifan called “Countdown“. It was Thai in that the actors and director are from Thailand, and some Thai language is used in the movie, but mostly it is in English. It revolves around three Thais of university age who live together in New York City who are harassed by a drug dealer named “Jesus” (as in, Hey-zeus).
Here is a trailer, which really aims to make you think it’s a straight horror movie (which it isn’t):
Actually the movie turned out to be, in the end, —– [If you plan to watch the movie, don’t read the rest of this paragraph] —————– [spoilers] a Buddhist morality tale. The big plot turn was [spoilers] [spoilers] that the White man turned out to be fluent in Thai (see below). He turned out [spoilers] not to be another murderous maniac, but actually an enforcer of “karma”, or something. The idea may have been that he was some kind of supernatural being. He knew all the dark secrets of the three young Thais, and forced them to confess them to each other and to their parents, and then forced them to recite the five Buddhist Precepts perfectly or he would kill them. It turned out that these attractive young people were all actually “bad”, and the unkempt, dirty maniac White man was the “good” one (or at least one might argue so).
Some searching on the Internet reveals the White actor in the movie to be David Asavanond, who is three-quarters French and one-quarter Thai (I presume Thai-Chinese). His picture:
I think Koreans could relate well to the Thai-Chinese. Example: A big theme of the movie was that studying abroad is (or can be) wrong, dangerous, cowardly, lazy, immoral. The male lead in the movie, in his early 20s, spent three years in a New York language-school, and had still not been admitted to any college, but rather lavishly spent his dad’s money on partying. A lot of Koreans have this attitude towards Koreans who go abroad to study. My first boss did. Ironically, her daughter (in 10th grade) now studies in Canada! (Double ironically, the boss went with her).