Getting through the main section of the paper is depressing enough these days. Added to today's paper is the very sad celebrity news that South Korean actress Choi Jin-sil has committed suicide. The announcement about Choi, an actress that has been adopted as "Korea's Sweetheart," overshadowed the opening of the 13th Pusan International Film Festival. Choi has been beleaguered by the tabloids regarding her divorce from famed Yomiuri Giants baseball star, Cho Sung-min, and her alleged connection to actor and friend Ahn Jae-hwan, who committed suicide last month.
Choi Jin-sil is well known in South Korea for her roles in TV dramas and feature films, but few of those films have risen to any prominence internationally. Her role in My Love, My Bride by director Lee Myung-sae (Nowhere to Hide) solidified her fame in 1990. She has appeared in the rom-com and dram-com hits Mister Mama (1992), How to Top My Wife (1994), Ghost Mama (1996), The Letter (1997), as well as period action drama The Legend of the Gingko (2000).
Very sad news.