Monday, June 17, 2024

Korean Movie World Scandal As “Parasite” Actor Lee Sun-Kyun, 48, Takes His Own Life After Intense Year of Investigations Over Drug Use


Lee Sun Kyun is dead. The famed Korean actor played the father of the affluent family in the recent movie, “Parasite,” winner of the 2020 Academy for Best Motion Picture.

Kyun is reported to have taken his own life after nearly a year of investigations concerning drug use and the actor’s participation in a strip club or some other kind of “adult entertainment” club.

The actor was found dead in a car in a park in central Seoul, according to the AP. Police had been looking for Lee after his family claimed he wrote a suicide note and left home early on Wednesday.

The story has been a scandal in South Korea because Kyun was always portrayed in real life as a family man married to another South Korean star. They had a “perfect life.” This would be here as if Tom Hanks lost his mind and were living a double life.

A lot of this is unclear but for background here’s a helpful video explaining what has happened up to this point.

What a shame. It’s totally unclear if this man was guilty of anything. You can hear in this report that marijuana is discussed as if it’s crack cocaine or heroin. Also as the video points out, the evidence against Kyun was shaky. Was he railroaded? What a terrible story. If anyone knows more about this, please email me at

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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