Acclaimed Korean film director dies of coronavirus while in Latvia

Renowned South Korean film director Kim Ki-duk has died of coronavirus while in Latvia, Korean media have confirmed.

Russian news channels were first to circulate rumours of the death early on December 11, which have been confirmed in Korea by members of Kim Ki-duk's family, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The 59-year-old director was known for his visually impressive arthouse movies which won prizes at the Berlin and Venice film festivals but he had latterly been involved in a lengthy court case centering on allegations of on-set sexual abuse, which he denied.

He was reported to be due to meet with film industry friends in Latvia and to be looking for a house in the upscale Jūrmala resort.

LSM has asked the Korean embassy in Rīga to officially confirm the death.

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