CHEERED Veteran South Korean actress Kang Soo-yeon died Saturday at the age of 55 after suffering cardiac arrest and being found unconscious from a brain hemorrhage a few days earlier.
Dubbed Korea’s first world star, Kang was a beloved child star of the 1970s and gained national recognition with the drama about maturity Diary of a high school studentwhich ran on KBS from 1983 to 1986.
She had a turning point in her career when she became the first Korean actor to win Best Actress at the 1987 Venice Film Festival for her role in Im Kwon-taek’s The surrogate uterus at the age of 21 and back in Moscow for another film called Im Come on, come on, come on.
Most of Kang’s popular roles occurred before the industrialization of the Korean film industry and she represented the changing ideas of women in Korean society in feminist films such as Go alone like Musso’s horn Other Girls night out in the 90’s.
Furthermore Lord of the Palacean SBS historical drama series that Kang starred in in 2001 was also one of the most popular TV series of that year.
Though it’s a long hiatus from Korean screens, Kang recently shot scenes for Boya Netflix original movie by Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho.
“It must not have been easy for her to become a star at such a young age and live so long in the public eye, but I admire her for her courage and spirit,” wrote Darcy Paquet, Korean film reporter and diver. – owner.