South Korean actress who was kidnapped by North dies

South Korean actress who was kidnapped by North dies

A South Korean actress, who was once kidnapped by North Korea and forced to make movies for the regime, has died aged 91.

“My mother passed when she went to hospital for kidney dialysis this afternoon,” Choi’s eldest son told news outlet Yonhap.

Choi Eun-hee was a celebrated actress in the South when she was abducted by North Korean spies in 1978 at the orders of then-leader Kim Jong-il.

Her husband Shin Sang Ok was also abducted several months later.

Choi remained trapped in the North for eight years, where she and Shin made more than 10 films together.

North Korea has denied abducting the couple, saying they had sought sanctuary there.


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