Lee Eun-ju

The new season of screenings at the KCC has the theme Rebels with a Cause. The opener will bring back a few memories – it’s been ages since I last saw this one. Bungee Jumping of their Own (번지점프를 하다) Director: Kim Dae-seung (2000, 101 mins) Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Lee Eun-ju Thursday 19 July 2018 […]


Lee Eun-ju, still remembered 5 years on

by Philip Gowman 22 February 2010
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It’s five years to the day since she took her own life. To remember her, here’s a recording of her cover version of the Corrs’ song Only When I Sleep (1997). The version is from Lee Eun-ju’s final film, The Scarlet Letter. Via James Turnbull and SuzyinSeoul Keywords: People: Lee Eun-ju Other tags: Suicide

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Scarlet Letter at the KCC

by Events Editor 21 September 2009
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The second of two films featuring the late actress Lee Eun-ju is The Scarlet Letter (주홍글씨, dir Byeon Hyeok, 2004). This was Lee’s last film, and it was said that the film contributed to the depression which led her to commit suicide. Also starring Han Suk-gyu. Synopsis Strong and confident detective Gi-hun is married to […]

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Bungee Jump at the KCC

by Events Editor 7 September 2009
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The first of this month’s film screenings featuring the sadly missed Lee Eun-ju is Bungee Jumping of their own (번지점프를 하다) (Kim Dae-seung, 2001), also starring Lee Byung-hun. Here’s a synopsis, in fluent Konglish, from KMDB. The summer of 1983. SEO In-woo, majoring in Korean language & literature, has not believed in love and fate, […]

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Oh Soojung Blogathon

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2007

To coincide with another retrospective of the complete oeuvre of Hong Sang-soo, Hell on Frisco Bay has announced a Blog-a-thon on the subject of A Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors on March 21 this year. I gather that what this means is that anyone who runs a blog and who is interested can write […]

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Korea has OECD’s top suicide rate

by Philip Gowman 2 October 2006

Korea’s National Statistics Office recent report was picked up by Yonhap and the Chosun. “The high suicide rate in South Korea seems to reflect a surge in social conflicts, including feuds between the sexes, economic hardship and domestic violence,” an NSO official said according to Yonhap. The Chosun article focuses on the “prolonged economic slump […]

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