Choi Eum-hee (right) was kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il (centre), then North Korea’s minister of propaganda, in 1977; her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok (left) was taken six months later. The pair was held for eight years until their escape. Photo: handoutChoi Eum-hee (right) was kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il (centre), then North Korea’s minister of propaganda, in 1977; her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok (left) was taken six months later. The pair was held for eight years until their escape. Photo: handout
Choi Eum-hee (right) was kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il (centre), then North Korea’s minister of propaganda, in 1977; her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok (left) was taken six months later. The pair was held for eight years until their escape. Photo: handout

Famed South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who was abducted by North Korean spies in Hong Kong for film fan Kim Jong-il, dies aged 91

Choi Eun-hee was the doyenne of South Korean cinema – until she and her ex-husband, the director Shin Sang-ok, were held for eight years by North Korea

Topic |   North Korea
Choi Eum-hee (right) was kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il (centre), then North Korea’s minister of propaganda, in 1977; her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok (left) was taken six months later. The pair was held for eight years until their escape. Photo: handoutChoi Eum-hee (right) was kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il (centre), then North Korea’s minister of propaganda, in 1977; her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok (left) was taken six months later. The pair was held for eight years until their escape. Photo: handout
Choi Eum-hee (right) was kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il (centre), then North Korea’s minister of propaganda, in 1977; her ex-husband, film director Shin Sang-ok (left) was taken six months later. The pair was held for eight years until their escape. Photo: handout
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