Famous South Korean Director Kim Ki Duk has passed away.
On December 11, local news outlet Delfi reported that Kim Ki Duk passed away due to COVID-19 complications. It was said that he has been in Latvia since November 20 to purchase a home in order to obtain residency status; he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and died in the hospital two days after admission after experiencing complications.
Later, various Korean news outlets confirmed the news; a representative from his production company confirmed it and stated that nothing has been decided yet regarding the funeral plans since his family has just heard the news.
Director Kim Ki Duk is considered one of the biggest Korean film makers who has received international recognition, after debuting in 1996, he went on to direct many films such as “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring,” “3-Iron,” “Samaria,” “Pietà,” and more.
He is also the only Korean director to have received awards from the world’s three major international film festivals in Cannes, Venice, and Berlin.
Despite his status, he was shunned from the public after he was accused of sexually assaulting actresses while filming in 2017, the charges were dropped the following year and he tried to sue his accusers, but didn’t succeed.
Kim Ki Duk was 59 years old.
May his soul rest in peace.