Lee Eun-ju

Lee Eun-ju(16 November 1980 – February 22, 2005) was a South Korean actress. She was the star of hit films includingTaegukgiandThe Scarlet Letter. She committed suicide at age 24.

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 Lee Eun-ju's Life and career

StartandKAIST. Her film debut came in 1999, when she played the younger sister in Park Chong-wan's award-winning featureRainbow Trout.Her first lead role came as the title character in acclaimed director Hong Sang-soo 'sVirgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors(2000), where she gave one of the most memorable performances in all of Hong's films. Following this, she teamed with actor Lee Byung-hun in the 2001 hit filmBungee Jumping of Their Own, and also scored a hit opposite Cha Tae-hyun in the melodramaLovers' Concerto.

In 2004 she appeared in the very popular Korean drama ,Phoenix, and later that year she starred in her last feature, Daniel H. Byun'sThe Scarlet Letterwhich screened as the Closing Film at the 2004 Pusan International Film Festival .

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 Lee Eun-ju's Death

On the night of February 22, 2005, only a few days after her graduation from Dankook University , Lee committed suicide at her apartment in Bundang , Seongnam . She was 24 years old. She slit her wrists and hanged herself. The family blamed the suicide on severe bouts of depression and mental illness and said she had been suffering from insomnia due to the nude scenes she had done inThe Scarlet Letter.

Her friends and colleagues have held memorials for Lee every year since her death. The 2007 event was marked by a music CD released in her name, featuring remastered versions of her cover performance ofThe Corrs '" Only When I Sleep " fromThe Scarlet Letter, as well as tribute performances by her friends in the entertainment industry.

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 Lee Eun-ju's Filmography


YearEnglish TitleHangulRomanizationRoleNotes
1999 Rainbow Trout 송어 Song-eo Se-hwa
2000 Yeca 예카 Yeka Internetshort film
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors 오! 수정 Oh! Su-jeong Yang Su-jeong
Bloody Beach 해변으로 가다 Haebyeoneuro gada PC 통신하는 여자 Cameo appearance
2001 Bungee Jumping of Their Own 번지 점프를 하다 Beonjijeompeureul hada In Tae-hee
Ahmijimong 아미지몽 Ahmijimong Ah-mi Internetshort film
2002 Lovers' Concerto 연애소설 Yeonae soseol Kim Gyung-hee
Unborn But Forgotten 하얀방 Hayanbang Han Su-jin
2003 Garden of Heaven 하늘정원 Haneul jeongwon Kim Young-ju
2004 Au Revoir, UFO 안녕! 유에프오 Annyeong UFO Choi Kyeong-woo
Taegukgi 태극기 휘날리며 Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo Kim Young-shin
The Scarlet Letter 주홍글씨 Juhong geulshi Choi Ga-hee

Television series[]

YearEnglish TitleHangulRomanizationRoleNetworkNotes
1997 Start 스타트 Jeong Nam-young KBS2
1998 납량특선 8부작 Park Seong-ju SBS Appeared in episode 어느날 갑자기.
White Nights 3.98 백야 3.98 Baekya 3.98 young Anastasia SBS
1999 KAIST 카이스트 Kaiseuteu Gu Ji-won SBS
2000 Look Back in Anger 성난 얼굴로 돌아보라 Seongnan Eolgulro Dorabora Jeong Su-jin KBS2
2004 Phoenix 불새 Bulsae Lee Ji-eun MBC

Music video[]

YearSong TitleHangulArtist
1998 "Even After 10 Years" 십년이 지나도 Park Jin-young
1999 "Sad Gift" 슬픈 선물 Kim Jang-hoon
2000 "Desire" 소망 Joo Young-hoon
"Late Regrets" 늦은 후회 BoBo
2004 "I Was Thankful..." 고마웠다고... Tim

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 Lee Eun-ju's Discography

2001 End Title: Oh! You Are a Beautiful Woman (Variation) - Narration End Title 오 그대는 아름다운 여인 - 에 내레이션 참여 fromBungee Jumping of Their OwnOST
2002 Lovers' Concerto Main Theme: Piano performance 연애소설 Main Theme: 피아노 연주fromLovers' ConcertoOST
Hi Ji-hwan, I'm Gyung-hee - Narration 지환아 안녕 나 경희야 - 내레이션
2004 Only When I SleepN/A fromThe Scarlet LetterOST
2007 Lee Eun-ju: Only One 이은주 Only One Lee Eun-jootribute album

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 Lee Eun-ju's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1996 Sunkyung Smart Student Uniform Model Contest Silver AwardN/AWon
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Virgin Stripped Bare by Her BachelorsNominated
2001 38th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Virgin Stripped Bare by Her BachelorsWon
2002 23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Lovers' ConcertoNominated
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress The Scarlet LetterNominated
MBC Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Seo-jinPhoenixWon
Top Excellence Award, ActressWon
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) The Scarlet LetterNominated
42nd Grand Bell Awards Best Actress The Scarlet LetterNominated
Korea Broadcasting Awards Person of the Year in Broadcasting
(TV Actress category)
8th Director's Cut Awards Special Acting AwardN/AWon

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