Abducted South Korean Actress Dies

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Published on April 17, 2018 - Duration: 01:03s

Abducted South Korean Actress Dies

South Korean film legend Choi Eun-hee, who was once abducted and forced to make movies for the North Korean regime, has died.

She was 91.

Born in the Korean city of Gwangju in 1926, the former leading lady starred in around 130 films throughout her long career, including over a dozen while held captive in North Korea.

She wrote an autobiographical book called "Confessions of Choi Eun-hee" published in 2007.

Choi was kidnapped in early 1978 by North Korean agents from Hong Kong's high-end beach neighborhood Repulse Bay, before being taken to Pyongyang.

Her husband, director Shin Sang-ok, was also snatched six months later, also while in Hong Kong, as he searched for information about what happened to Choi.

The actress told CNN that North Korea's then leader, Kim Jong Il, the father of Kim Jong Un, confided that she was his favorite actress, and that's why he had brought her to North Korea.

In North Korea, the pair were forced by Kim to help him revamp the country's film industry.


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