It was 10 years ago today that popular Korean actress Lee-Eun-ju ended her own life when she hanged herself at her home in Seongman. Her suicide began a sort of “trend” of Korean celebrity suicides that followed over the next several years (as covered at the old site), the most notable being the October 2008 suicide of top actress Choi Jin-sil, who was know as the “Nation’s Actress.”
Above is Miss Lee’s final film scene in 2004′s The Scarlet Letter. In this scene, her character, Ga-hee, asks her police detective lover (played by Han Suk-kyu) to kill her after she miscarries. SPOILER ALERT: Since he doesn’t want to do it and refuses, we can assume that the gunshot heard at the end of this scene is fired by Ga-hee.
Four months after The Scarlet Letter was released, Miss Lee, like her character in the movie, took her own life. It was reported that she had regrets over the racy nude scenes she did for the film, which those close to her believe may have been one of the factors for her suicide.