Master Korean cineaste ShinSang-ok passed away at the age of 80 late last night (April 11) in
Born in Cheong-jin (now in
In Jan 1978, his wife waskidnapped to
In 1986, the couple made adramatic escape through the
His most recognised worksinclude Mother And The Houseguest, Seong Chunhyang and Evergreen Tree, all starring Choi Eun-hee, and historical drama Prince Yonsan. Also of note are the fivefilms he made in
"His whole life was aboutfilms," says his widow Choi Eun-hee. "Whenever or wherever, he wanted to makefilms, and he was like a phoenix [rising up again from the ashes]."
International retrospectivesspotlighting the late director's works include one at the Pusan InternationalFilm Festival in 2001, at the
In addition to establishinga production company and film academy of his own, the late Shin was also aprofessor at
After a successful livertransplant two years ago, the late director suffered ill health and finallysuccumbed late last night. He is survived by his wife and children, who havebeen receiving a long line of mourners from the Korean filmmaking community, aswell as much attention from the press. His funeral is to take place on April 15.