Choi Jin Sil


Choi Jin-sil(December 24, 1968 – October 2, 2008) was a South Korean actress . She was considered one of the best actresses in South Korea, nicknamed "The Nation's Actress". Since her debut two decades ago, she played a leading role in 18 movies, 20 television dramas and 140 commercials.

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 Choi Jin Sil's Death

Choi Jin-sil committed suicide by hanging on 2 October 2008, at her home in Seoul.Her suicide was confirmed by police. She was survived by her two children, mother and younger brother.


On September 8, 2008, Ahn Jae-hwan , husband of popular comedian Jeong Sun-hee, was found dead in his car. Ahn committed suicide apparently due to distress over mounting debts.

Jeong and Choi had been close friends for a long time in South Korea's entertainment circles. When the news of Ahn's death hit the nation, Choi appeared deeply shaken at the funeral.

Shortly after the funeral rumors circulated on the Web that Choi, as a loan shark, had lent a large sum of money to Ahn. On September 22, 2008, Choi sought a police probe into the source of the rumors, calling them groundless. On September 28, 2008, Police arrested a securities company employee for spreading the rumors.

Choi came under greater stress amid rumors circulating on the Internet she was involved in the suicide of fellow actor Ahn Jae-hwan.

In response to Choi's death, the South Korean government tried to strengthen a legal push to regulate Internet postings by Netizens. Politicians have reacted by proposing legislation that would impose a more rigorous real name registration requirement on the Internet and more heightened punishment for libelous statements.

Press reaction

The news of her death was reported in major daily newspapers and broadcasts. Before long a great number of reporters rushed to Choi's house and started to cover the event on a large scale. On the other hand major portal web sites blocked online users from leaving replies for articles concerning Choi, for fear that some users might leave malicious comments.

"Almost 80 percent of South Korea's households have broadband access, fostering active online interactions. Most Web sites here have bulletin boards where users can post uncensored, anonymous comments, and nearly all young people run their own blogs, updating via cellphone. Such sites were a major avenue for rumors about the possible dangers of dropping a ban on American beef that fed enormous street protests and political upheaval earlier this year. Major Web portals have in recent years doubled the number of monitors to screen out online character assassination and respond more quickly to complaints of malicious rumors. But many victims still complained that vicious rumors spread so fast their reputations were ruined virtually overnight," The New York Times commented on her death on October 2, 2008.

"She was more than South Korea's Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie. For nearly 20 years, Choi Jin Sil was the country's cinematic sweetheart and as close to being a "national" actress as possible. But since her body was found on Oct. 2, an apparent suicide, she has become a symbol of the difficulties women face in this deeply conservative yet technologically savvy society. Incessant online gossip appears to have been largely to blame for her death. But it's also clear that public life as a single, working, divorced mom — still a pariah status in South Korea — was one role she had a lot of trouble with," TIME commented on her death on October 6, 2008.

Theft of Urn

The surveillance cameras set up around Choi Jin Sil's burial site in the park in the Gapsan Park Cemetery in Yangpyeong.

On August 15, 2009, Choi Jin Sil's ashes were stolen from her burial site.The police hunt for a suspect in the case of Choi Jin-sil's stolen urn after securing surveillance camera images showing a man carrying out the theft. On August 25, 2009, the police arrested the criminal. Choi Jin Sil's ashes were found in his home.

A small memorial park for Choi Jin-sil has been built in a cemetery in Gyeonggi Province. Choi Jin Sil's ashes were placed in the new tomb in the park in the Gapsan Park Cemetery in Yangpyeong on September 28, 2009. Security devices have been installed to prevent the recurrence of another theft, with the tomb specially manufactured in China and more surveillance cameras placed around the tomb.

The Choi Jin Sil Foundation

Choi Jin Sil was the "big sister" who led the so-called "Choi Jin-sil Association". It was a friendly group of close celebrities that included comedians Lee Young-ja, Jeong Sun-hee, models Hong Jin-kyung, Lee So-ra and actresses Choi Hwa-jung, Uhm Jung-hwa . After Choi's death, they founded "The Choi Jin Sil Foundation" for charity.

Drama Synopsis

The Drama Synopsis "As Life Goes On"(사노라면) which Choi Jin-sil had written was found in her home after her death.

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 Choi Jin Sil's Filmography

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2000 The Legend of Gingko 단적비연수 Tan Jeok Bi Yeon Su
1999 Mayonnaise 마요네즈 Mayonejeu
1997 The Letter 편지 Pyeonji
1997 Holiday In Seoul 홀리데이 인 서울 Holidei in Seoul
1997 Baby Sale 베이비 세일 Beibi Seil
1996 Ghost Mamma 고스트 맘마 Goseuteu mamma
1995 Who Makes Me Crazy 누가 나를 미치게 하는가 Nuga Nareul Michige Haneunga
1995 Mom Has a New Boyfriend 엄마에게 애인이 생겼어요 Eommaege Aeini Saenggyeosseoyo
1994 I wish for what is forbidden to me 나는 소망한다, 내게 금지된 것을 Naneun Somanghanda Naege Geumjidoen Geoseul
1994 How to Top My Wife 마누라 죽이기 Manura Jugigi
1993 The Girl for Love and The One for Marriage 사랑하고 싶은 여자, 결혼하고 싶은 여자 Saranghago sipeun Yeoja, Gyeolhonhago sipeun Yeoja
1992 Mister Mama 미스터 맘마 Miseuteo Mamma
1991 The Room in the Forest 숲속의 방 Supsogui Bang
1991 Susanne Brink's Arirang 수잔 브링크의 아리랑 Sujan Beuringkeu-ui Arirang
1990 My Love, My Bride 나의 사랑, 나의 신부 Naui Sarang Naui Sinbu
1990 Kkokjiddan 꼭지단 Kkogjidan
1990 You Know What? It's a Secret 2 있잖아요 비밀이에요 2 Itjanayo Bimiriyeyo 2
1990 Nambugun 남부군 Nambugun

TV drama

2008 The Last Scandal of My Life 내 생애 마지막 스캔들 Nae Saeng-ae Majimak Seukaendeul MBC
2007 Bad Woman, Good Woman 나쁜여자 착한여자 Nappeun Yeoja, Chakhan Yeoja MBC
2005 Rosy Life 장밋빛 인생 Jangmitbit Insaeng KBS2
2004 War of the Roses 장미의 전쟁 Jangmiui Jeonjaeng MBC
2002 Since We Met 그대를 알고부터 Geudaereul Algobuteo MBC
1999 Roses and Bean Sprouts 장미와 콩나물 Jangmiwa Kongnamul MBC
1998 Memories 추억 Chueok MBC
1997 Star in My Heart 별은 내 가슴에 Byeoreun Nae Gaseume MBC
1997 You and I 그대 그리고 나 Geudae Geurigo Na MBC
1996 Promise 약속 Yaksok MBC
1995 Asphalt Man 아스팔트 사나이 Aseupalteu Sanai SBS
1995 Jazz 째즈 Jjaejeu SBS
1995 APT 아파트 Apateu MBC
1994 Scent of Love 사랑의 향기 Sarang-ui Hyanggi SBS
1993 Storming Season 폭풍의 계절 Pokpung-ui Gyejeol MBC
1992 Enchantment 매혹 Maehok MBC
1992 Jealousy 질투 Jiltu MBC
1990 각시방 사랑 열렸네 Gaksibang Sarang Yeollyeonne MBC
1990 Our Paradise 우리들의 천국 Urideurui Cheon-guk MBC
1989 Sleepless Tree 잠들지 않는 나무 Jamdeulji anneun Namu MBC
1988 500 Years of Joseon Dynasty 조선왕조 오백년 Joseon Wangjo Obaengnyeon MBC

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 Choi Jin Sil's Awards

Film awards

  • Grand Bell Awards
    • 1995 (33rd) - Best Actress forHow to Top My Wife
    • 1993 (31st) - Best Favorite Actor
    • 1991 (29th) - New Rising Actress forMy Love, My Bride
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards
    • 1991 (12th), 1992 (13th), 1993 (14th), 1994 (15th), 1995 (16th), 1997 (18th), 1998 (19th) - Best Favorite Star
    • 1990 (11th) - New Rising Actress forPartisans of South Korea
  • Baeksang Art Awards
    • 2006, Best Actress for Television part
    • 1991, 1995, 1997 - Best Favorite Actor
  • Chunsa Film Art Awards
    • 1991, New Rising Actress

Broadcasting awards

  • KBS Drama Awards
    • 2005, Best Actress Award, Netizen Award, Best Couple Award
    • 1998, Best TV Actress
  • MBC Drama Awards
    • 1997, Best Acting Award
    • 2008, Achievement Award
  • SBS Drama Awards
    • 1995, Star Award, Good Acting Award

Broadcasting nominations

  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards
    • Top Excellence Award for Actress
    • Best Couple Award, Choi Jin-sil and Jung Jun-ho, for The Last Scandal of My Life
    • Best Drama Award, The Last Scandal of My Life

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 Choi Jin Sil's Notes and references

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