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Prominent Korean Movie Director Shin Sang-ok Dies Updated: 2006-04-12 12:00:00 KST

Prominent Korean Movie Director Shin Sang-ok Dies
In other news -- The passing of one of the greats in Korean cinema.
Director Shin Sang-ok died on Tuesday night, after a battle with liver disease.
Shin was at the forefront of the Korean film industry in the 1960s, and is known to have led a life that was even more dramatic than his movies.
Eun Jung looks back at his life and work.

Shin Sang-ok, a Korean filmmaker who lived a life more dramatic than many movies died Tuesday at a Seoul hospital, aged 80.
Shin had a liver transplant surgery two years ago.
Born in Korea's northernmost region of North Hamgyeong Province in 1926, during the Japanese colonial rule, Shin graduated from an arts school in Tokyo.
Then he became one of the pioneers in Korea's movie industry, releasing his first film in 1952.
He married Choi Un-hee in 1953, one of the most popular Korean actresses at the time.
Shin became the biggest moviemaker during the 60s and 70s.
Watching movies was the favorite pastimes for Koreans in the 60s, when televisions have yet to become household necessities.
But in 1978, the star couple face the biggest challenge of their lives.
They get abducted in Hong Kong by North Korean agents, ordered by movie-loving Kim Jong-il.
During the eight years in captivity Mr. Shin made seven movies, including the one which won a director award at the Czech film festival.
In 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Shin escaped from their guards in Vienna, and fled to the American Embassy.
After fleeing North Korea Mr. Shin stayed in the United States, participating in many film festivals in South Korea, and serving as a judge for the Cannes Film Festival in 1994.

Eun Jung, Arirang News.
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