Director Kim Ki Duk passed away because of COVID-19

According to Korean media, Kim Ki Duk, a South Korean director famous for many award-winning films, passed away due to complications of COVID-19 in Latvia. Mr. Kim’s family has confirmed the incident.

Information about director Kim Ki Duk’s death was announced by many English and Russian newspapers on the evening of December 11. According to South Korea’s Korea Herald, the veteran Korean director passed away just days after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

It is not clear how the director’s end of life is, but according to the Russian newspaper, Kim Ki Duk lives in Latvia with the help of many friends in the Latvian film industry.

The 60-year-old director is believed to have died from a complicated complication caused by COVID-19 at a hospital in Latvia on December 11 (local time), according to Lithuania’s LRT site.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing a source from the Korean Foreign Ministry, said director Kim Ki Duk’s family had just confirmed that the director had passed away in Latvia. Mr. Kim Ki Duk entered Latvia on November 20 to buy real estate in the Jurmala area, located in the country’s coastal location.

Earlier, a source from the Korean Foreign Ministry shared about the incident. Due to the hospital’s strict information protection law, they have yet to give an official confirmation of the death of director Kim Ki Duk.

Accordingly, the source said that the diplomatic missions have also received bad information regarding director Kim and are still trying to confirm official information from the Latvian local government.

Director Kim’s family has not yet spoken, but according to the Straits Times, many reputable sources in the film industry have confirmed that the information is completely real.

The 60-year-old director is believed to have died from a complicated complication caused by COVID-19 at a hospital in Latvia on December 11 (local time), according to Lithuania’s LRT site.

Previously, the director’s colleagues had expressed concern when he was not present in scheduled meetings and began looking for him in the hospital. However, director Kim passed away after just two days in hospital.

Kim Ki Duk, born in 1960, is a famous director of Korea and the world. He is the only Korean director to receive all three of the prestigious film awards, Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

Kim Ki Duk won the Golden Lion award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival with Pieta also with a brain-stretching script and many images, messages just for mature audiences. In addition, he also played with Samaritan Girl and Un Certain Regard at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival with Arirang.