Choi Eun-hee

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Eun-hee
Born (1926-11-20) November 20, 1926 (age 88)
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Actress
Years active 1947–1985
Spouse(s) Shin Sang-ok
Korean name
Hangul 최은희
Hanja 崔銀姬
Revised Romanization Choe Eun-Hui
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Ǔn-hŭi

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

In 1978, Choi and Shin, whom she had recently divorced due to Shin having committed adultery, were kidnapped to North Korea by order of Kim Jong-il. 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.[1][2] Choi appeared in eighty-one films. She received the award for best actress at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival in 1985, for her part in the film Sogum.[3]

With Shin, she wrote an account of their years in Pyongyang.[4] Shin also wrote his autobiography shortly before his death.[5]

In 2015, an English-language biography of her life (along with Shin Sang-ok) was published by Paul Fischer titled A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker.[6]

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  1. ^ "Same Bed, Different Dreams". This American Life. 2015-05-02. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 
  2. ^ According to the Internet Movie Database, from 1955 to 1985,
  3. ^ "14th Moscow International Film Festival (1985)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  4. ^ 우리의 탈출은 끝나지 않았다: 신상옥·최은희 비록
  5. ^ 난, 영화였다 : 영화감독신상옥이남긴마지막글들
  6. ^ Paul Fischer (2015). A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker. Flatiron Books. ISBN 978-1250054265. 

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