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Movie director Kim Ki-duk dies of coronavirus

By Shin Ji-hye and Im Eun-byel 

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

Seoul, South Korea  /  Fri, December 11, 2020  /  07:06 pm
Movie director Kim Ki-duk dies of coronavirus

South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk poses during a photocall to present the film 'Human, Space, Time and Human' (Inkan, Gonkan, Sikan Grigo Inkan) presented in the Panorama Special section during the 68th Berlinale film festival on February 17, 2018 in Berlin. (AFP/John MacDougall)

South Korean movie director Kim Ki-duk died of complications from COVID-19 in Latvia on Friday. 

News reports from Russia said the director died in the hospital from complications associated with COVID-19.

Kim Ki-duk's family confirmed in multiple Korean media that the news was correct and that they had received a call on the day. 

According to the sources, Kim arrived in Latvia in the middle of last month. He reportedly lived there with the help of film industry figures in Latvia. 

He was recently hospitalized due to symptoms of coronavirus, but treatment was unsuccessful.

Debuting in 1996 with the work Crocodile, Kim is the only South Korean director to win at all three major European film festivals: Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

But the award-winning director has shunned public appearances in Korea since he was accused of sexually assaulting actresses while filming in 2017.

A police case into the main accusation was dropped the following year. Kim tried to sue his accusers for damages, but was unsuccessful.

Since the accusations surfaced  he has filmed a movie in Kazakhstan.

On the same day, the Busan International Film Festival director Jeon Yang-joon posted on his social media account that a Kyrgyzstan film critic told him of Kim's passing. 

"(I was told) he passed way two days after being admitted to the hospital," Jeon wrote. "It is a great loss for the Korean film industry."


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