SEOUL, 20 Jan. — Yun Jung-hee, actress and star of Korean cinema of the 1960s and 1980s, as well as the heroine of the film “Poetry” (2010) by Lee Chang-dong, died at the age of 79, in Paris , in France, this Thursday, January 19 (Paris time), according to professionals in the film industry in Seoul. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years in Paris.
An industry professional confirmed the news, saying, “I heard that she passed away at dawn this Friday (Seoul time) and the family did not wish to provide further details.” Yun was born in Busan in 1944 and made her screen debut as a student at Chosun University in Gwangju with the film “Cheongchun Geukjang” (Youth Theater in French) released in 1967.
Upon the release of her first film, she received local film awards including the Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards the same year. In the 1960s, she was part of the three-star group called “troika” with actresses Moon Hee and Nam Jeong-im.
“Angae” (or Mist, 1967) was the film that won her the New Actress of the Year award at the 1968 Baeksang Arts Awards, the country’s most prestigious film awards. She appeared in more than 280 films during her career, according to data compiled by Korean Movie Database (KMDb), and won more than 20 local awards in the 1960s and 1970s.
She left the big screen after the film “Manmubang” released in 1994 but in 2010, Yun made her comeback with the film “Poetry”, Screenplay Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, directed by Lee Chang-dong who won was awarded the Regard d’or at the Friborg International Film Festival for this film in 2011. Yun also received the Best Actress Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and at the Cinemalnilla International Film Festival in 2011 for her role in this film. film.
In 1973, Yun went to France for film studies at Paris 3 where she obtained a master’s degree. She also received the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government in 2011. She leaves behind her husband, the famous pianist Paik Kun-woo (marriage in 1976) and her daughter Paik Jin-hee , violinist, both based in Paris for their artistic activities.