Actress Lee Eun-Sim Returning to Korea After 33 Years

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Actress Lee Eun-sim, the heroine of The Housemaid (directed by Kim Ki-young) will be visiting her homeland for the first time in 33 years and will attend the 20th Busan International Film Festival.  She is expected to attend the stage greeting for The Housemaid selected for the ‘Asian Cinema 100’ and ‘Korean Cinema Retrospective’ which screens The General’s Mustache of the late director Lee Seong-gu (who was also Lee’s husband).

Lee, well-known for starring in The Housemaid, was born in Nagoya, Japan and made her debut with director Yu Du-yeon’s The Early Spring in 1959. The Housemaid, her second film, gained exponential interest. The role Lee played was relatively unfamiliar and shocking yet her sensational performance won many acclaims.

She also starred in many films including In So Long, As Time Passes, Love and Sorrow Will…, and The Modern Grandma. After retirement, she married Lee Seong-gu (director of As Time Passes, Love and Sorrow Will…) and immigrated to Brazil in 1982 with her husband for good. Lee is visiting her homeland of Korea at the invitation from Busan International Film Festival for the first time in 33 years with her daughters.

The Housemaid starring Lee Eun-sim and The General’s Mustache of director Kim Ki-young had the honor of being selected for the Festival’s special program ‘Asian Cinema 100’ and Korean Cinema Retrospective ‘Hidden Masterpieces of the 1960s’ respectively. It will be a special opportunity to meet the legendary actress and shed new light on the past Asian and Korean Cinema.

Lee will meet audiences before the screening of The Housemaid on October 2 and will receive the Director’s Chair award on behalf of director Kim at the Korean Cinema Retrospective Night to be held on the same date. She is also expected to attend the GV for The General’s Mustache and have an in-depth open talk with the audience.


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