Famed South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk succumbed to Coronavirus complications on Friday aged 59.
Kim Ki-duk, who had won awards at the Venice, Cannes and Berlin film festivals, had been staying in the Latvian, in a private capacity after travelling to neighbouring Estonia for work.
The filmmaker died at a hospital in Riga, his private secretary told.
Actor-director Madhupal, who has seen most of the South Korean director’s work, told, “His films are all made at an unnatural level. As an audience member, I have observed that the violence in his films carry a sense of calmness, more than terror. There’s violence in front of us, but beyond that violence, there’s purity of mind, conservation, a sense of concern and the peace of narration. Even the sexuality portrayed in his films is spiritual in nature. It’s between two souls, not two bodies.”
“He didn’t know English, so we spoke to each other through a translator. The first time I saw him was on the street when he had gotten out for a walk from his hotel. He enjoyed Kerala,” he said.
WHO WAS KIM KI-DUK?
Kim K-duk was a South Koren filmmaker who was conferred with various awards for his work. He was the recipient of Golden Lion at 69th Venice International Film Festival and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 61st Venice International Film Festival.
He made his directorial debut in 1996 with Crocodile. The film was screened at various European festivals and had received positive reviews from Korean critics.
The late filmmaker’s last release was a Russian film titled Dissolve, screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019.
Other popular releases of the filmmaker include Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring, 3-Iron, One on One, Samaritan Girl, Arirang and Pietà.