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South Korean Award Winning Director Kim Ki-Duk Dies

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Kim Ki-Duk reportedly dies of Covid-19

South Korean popular director Kim Ki-Duk who won an award in the Venice film festival in 2012 dies at 59 due to the complications from Covid-19.

His death was not directly confirmed by Seoul foreign ministry in a statement which reads, “South Korean male in his 50s died while being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital in Latvia during the early hours of Dec. 11 local time,” without disclosing the name of the Victim.

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BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA – OCTOBER 06: South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (2nd L) attends the opening of the 21st Busan International Film Festival on October 6, 2016 in Busan, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

Kim was reported to have died in Latvia. Kim Ki-Duk went to Latvia on Nov 20 to get a house in Jurmala and also to apply for a residential permit.

Kim was awarded the top award at the Venice film festival with his movie “Pieta” movie which talked about a wicked mother and son who sought revenge and redemption. He also won an award at the Cannes festival in 2011 for his film “Arirang.”

His movie gathered many criticisms as Women complained that his movies depict violence, rape and castration.

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Kim Ki-Duk faced many allegations a year after the Venice film festival in 2012 in which he denied. His career has since then been shaking.

His career finally ended in 2017 when 3 actresses made accusations about him.

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The South Korean Foreign Ministry in Riga, Latvia has refused to release any information concerning the director’s death to anyone who is not related to him and they are also doing their best to contact his family to arrange for the burial.

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