This past February 19th a person associated with actress Na Moon-hee confirmed that the actress’s mother had died. A private funerary service for Na Moon-hee‘s mother was held in the Eunpyeong district of Seoul this past February 21st. Na Moon-hee‘s mother was ninety-nine years old. The cause of death was stated to be old age. Na Moon-hee herself was born in Beijing during the Japanese Occupation of China in World War II.
Na Moon-hee‘s mother was eighteen years old at the time and living in the Japanese imperium. They were able to return to Korea at the end of the war when Na Moon-hee was four years old. Na Moon-hee started working as a stage actress at the age of ninteteen, and now holds a wide reputation in the South Korean entertainment industry.
Na Moon-hee‘s best known role is probably “I Can Speak” from 2017, where she plays a cantankerous old woman eventually revealed to be a survivor of the comfort women camps. She was awarded the Blue Dragon Award for this role, one of her few leads. In general Na Moon-hee tends to be better known for supporting roles, with “High Kick” and “Dear My Friends” being some of her best known ensemble roles.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema’s travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea’s public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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