Funeral held for late film icon Choi Eun-hee

By Yonhap
  • Published : Apr 19, 2018 - 13:55
  • Updated : Apr 19, 2018 - 13:55

The funeral for Choi Eun-hee, the late South Korean actress who was once kidnapped by North Korea to create propaganda films before escaping, was held on Thursday and attended by her family and close friends.

Choi, a South Korean film icon of the 60s and 70s, died on Monday while receiving kidney dialysis treatment at a hospital in Seoul. She was 92.

A portrait of late actress Choi Eun-hee at her funeral procession at the Catholic University of Korea`s St. Mary`s Hospital in Seoul on Thursday. (Yonhap)

A private Catholic funeral service was held for Choi at the Catholic University of Korea's St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul early Thursday. The service was attended by some 100 family members, friends and retired colleagues from her heyday.

The actress was later laid to rest next to her late ex-husband and filmmaker Shin Sang-ok at a Catholic cemetery park in Ansong, Gyeonggi Province.

Born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, in 1926, Choi began her film career in 1947 in the movie "A New Oath." She later rose to stardom for her lead roles in "The Sun of Night" (1948) and "A Hometown in Heart" (1949).

In 1978, Choi was kidnapped by a North Korean secret agent. She was forced to make films for the North together with Shin, who was also abducted several months later. Shin won the best actress award at the Moscow Film Festival in 1985 for "Sault," which she made together with Shin, becoming the first Korean to claim an award at an overseas film festival.

In 1986, the two escaped from North Korea to the United States and returned home permanently in 1999.

She is survived by two sons and two daughters. (Yonhap)