South Korean Filmmaker, Kim Ki Duk Is Dead
Information reaching our news desk has it that popular South Korean filmmaker popularly known for his idiosyncratic art-house cinematic works has passed away. According to media reports, controversial director Kim Ki-Duk has died in Latvia, following complications from contracting Covid-19.
Sources claimed the director has come to Latvia to buy a house in Jurmala and apply for a residence permit. However, he did not attend the scheduled meeting. His colleagues have become interested in and looking for him in hospitals, which has been difficult due to personal data protection.
On December 11 this year, it was confirmed that the director died in the hospital tonight from an exacerbation of Covid-19, Manski said in a conversation with “Delfi”.
Kim Kiduka’s death has also been confirmed by his interpreter Darya Krutova.
Representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Latvia have not yet commented on what happened.
Kim Ki Duk movies have received many distinctions in the festival circuit, making him one of the most important contemporary Asian film directors.
Kim Kiduk (1960-2020) is one of the world’s best-known South Korean filmmakers, whose films have regularly received recognition and awards at film festivals. Kiduks studied fine arts in Paris in the early 1990s, then returned to South Korea to pursue a career as a screenwriter. In 1996, he made his director’s debut film, Crocodile, which received excellent criticism from South Korea.
Kiduks has received “Golden Lion” at the Venice Film Festival for “Pieta”, “Silver Lion” for “3-Iron”, “Silver Bear” at the Berlin Film Festival for “Samaria” and the Cannes Film Festival’s “And Certain Regard” for Work ” Arirang “.
Ki Duka’s best-known films include “Island” (2000) and “Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring” (2003), the latter of which is included in many of the world’s best film selections. Kiduka’s cinematic style is very multifaceted, but the best works are characterized by a smooth rhythm, philosophical themes, sophisticated visual aesthetics, as well as often a tendency to use elements of shock and open scenes of violence and sex. About the movie “Island”
In 2017, the director was charged with assaulting an actress on the set, which was later supplemented by accusations of other women for sexual harassment. Kiduk completely rejected it. In 2019, the court ordered the director to pay pain money for the attack on the actress but closed the case of sexual harassment for lack of evidence.
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