In a significant development, renowned South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, along with other artists from The Korean Association of Solidarity of Cultural Artists, has called upon authorities to scrutinize the circumstances surrounding the untimely death of actor Lee Sun-kyun at the age of 48.
Lee, best known for his role in Bong’s critically acclaimed film Parasite, was discovered dead in his car in December amid a drug abuse investigation.
Bong expressed concerns about the handling of the case by the police and the subsequent media coverage. The association demands a comprehensive investigation into potential flaws in the police’s information security and the release of the actor’s alleged suicide note. They seek clarity on the legality of sharing the late actor’s police appearance schedules with the press.
Notable personalities, including actor Kim Eui-sung and representatives from the Busan Film Festival and the Directors Guild of Korea, were present at the conference. The group plans to submit its statement to the Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, the National Police Agency, and state-run broadcaster KBS. The Association of Solidarity of Cultural Artists, comprising 29 cultural and arts groups, has also released a statement urging authorities and media to prevent similar tragedies.
Lee Sun-kyun faced drug use allegations in October and was under investigation. Despite testing negative in both a reagent test and a lab-based drug test, the actor experienced professional setbacks and was removed from certain projects.
His illustrious career included notable roles in films like Helpless (2012), All About My Wife (2012), and A Hard Day (2014). Lee also played a prominent role in Apple TV+’s first Korean-language series, the 2021 sci-fi thriller Dr. Brain, portraying the character Koh Se-won. The actor’s death has raised questions about the handling of the investigation and the impact on his career.