Choi and Shin before their abduction
Choi was bundled into a speedboat in Hong Kong by North Korean agents in 1978
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 10:50am
A South Korean film icon who spent eight years as a prisoner of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has died at the age of 91.
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Choi Eun-hee was born in 1926 and started her career on stage before landing her first film role in the 1947 wartime drama A New Oath.
For the next 20 years, she delighted audiences in a string of award-winning melodramas, romances and historical epics, many of them directed by her husband, Shin Sang-ok
Beloved by millions of South Korean cinemagoers, the star also had one particular fan whose admiration would upend her life – North Korean dictator and avid cinephile Kim Jong Il.
In January 1978, Choi, who had recently divorced Shin, flew to Hong Kong to meet a “producer” – in reality a North Korean agent. As she arrived at the meeting, she was “grabbed by two men, bundled into a speedboat and injected with a sedative, waking up aboard a freighter bound for North Korea”, says the South China Morning Post.
Meanwhile, Shin had travelled to Hong Kong to find out …read more
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