Magazine article Screen International

Legendary Korean Actress Choi Eun-Hee Dies Aged 91

Magazine article Screen International

Legendary Korean Actress Choi Eun-Hee Dies Aged 91

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One of South Korea’s leading classic film stars, she was abducted with her husband to North Korea in 1978.

Choi Eun-hee in ‘The Lovers And The Despot’

Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, known as one of South Korea’s leading classic film stars as well as for having been abducted to North Korea with her then ex-husband and director Shin Sang-ok, died at the age of 91 today (April 16).

Yonhap news agency reports that her son, filmmaker Shin Jeong-kyun, confirmed she passed away late this afternoon after going to the hospital for kidney dialysis.

Born November 20, 1926 in Gwang-ju, Gyeong-gi Province, Choi debuted on the stage in 1942 and made her silver screen debut with A New Oath in 1947.

She became a star with films such as A Sun Of Night (1948) and Yearning For Home (a.k.a. A Hometown In Heart, 1949) and became known as one of South Korea’s “troika” of leading actresses with Kim Ji-mee and Um Aeng-ran in the 1950s and 1960s.

Choi worked with director Shin Sang-ok in 1953 on the documentary Korea and married him the next year. Together, they played a pivotal role in the heyday of South Korean cinema, making classics such as Confessions Of A College Woman (a.k.a. A College Woman’s Confess, 1958), A Flower In Hell (1958), Seong Chun-hyang (1961), Mother And A Guest (1961) and Love Affair (1963).

By 1976, she had appeared in more than 130 films. …

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