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In this Korean name, the family name is Choi.
Choi Eun-hee
Film Scene 마음의 고향 A Hometown in Heart (1949).jpg
A Hometown in Heart (1949)
Born20 November 1926
DiedApril 16, 2018(2018-04-16) (aged 91)

Choi Eun-hee (November 20, 1926 – April 16, 2018) was a South Korean actress. She began her movie career in 1947 in the movie A New Oath. For the next 20 years, she was one of the biggest stars in Korean movies and led the Shin Film company along with her husband, the director Shin Sang-ok. She was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi.


According to the Internet Movie Database, from 1955 to 1985, Choi appeared in eighty-one movies. She received the award for best actress at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival in 1985, for her part in the movie Sogum.[1]

Personal life

In 1978, Choi and Shin, whom she had recently divorced due to Shin having committed adultery, were kidnapped in Hong Kong to North Korea by order of Kim Jong-il.[2] Kim's plan was to have Shin work as his propagandist and for Choi to be the star. Shortly after agreeing to the demands of Kim, they were remarried at his recommendation. The couple finally staged their escape in 1986 while on a trip to Vienna, fleeing to the United States embassy and requesting political asylum.[3]

Choi died on April 16, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea of kidney failure at the age of 91.[4]


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