Lee Eun-ju’s Final Scene

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.



  1. Nik2’s avatar

    It was 10 years ago? I don’t really know what to say, but what a sad end to promising life. Successful people might be sadder than less successful ones & Korean culture can be rather harsh.

  2. Avatar of Bubalabobo

    Beautiful woman–all those hangings. Nuts.

    It’s amazing how different in tone Korean movies are from TV dramas. It’s not a Korean movie without blood, guns, and fights. Yes, that won’t play well on prime time TV, but the uniformity and consistency with which that’s been cordoned off to movies is interesting, as is the frequency you see it in the movies.

  3. Avatar of KalifoJin

    yeah and by way of sinking into the pit of crude generalizations, seems them Koreans were taking things just a little too seriously, hanging on to sentiment and perceptions as if they were made out of stone. I think they’re getting over it. Except in situations of severe distress (that means physical + mental) suicide is a karmic catastrophe. no no no, you don’t get to, says jin.
    take care of each other, everybody.