Korean actress Kang Soo-youn of Netflix’s ‘Jung_E’ passes away

Multi-awarded Korean actress Kang Soo-youn (aka Kang Soo-yeon), star of Netflix’s upcoming film “Jung_E,” died on May 7 after suffering cardiac arrest. She was 55.

Kang Kang Soo-youn died at the Gangnam Severance Hospital in Seoul at 3 p.m. KST due to intracerebral hemorrhage.

Korean actress Kang Soo-youn at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival (Screenshot from BIFF video on YouTube)

On May 5, Kang Soo-youn was rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. She was found by her family at 5:40 p.m. at her home in Apgujeong, Gangnam in Seoul in a state of cardiac arrest.

Her family called the 119 emergency hotline. She was given CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and was taken to the hospital for treatment and remained unconscious. She was on a ventilator for three days.

“Intracerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the brain tissue) is the second most common cause of stroke (15-30% of strokes) and the most deadly. Blood vessels carry blood to and from the brain. Arteries or veins can rupture, either from abnormal pressure or abnormal development or trauma. The blood itself can damage the brain tissue. Furthermore, the extra blood in the brain may increase the pressure within the skull (intracranial pressure (ICP) to a point that further damages the brain,” according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons website.

Kang Kang Soo-youn distinguished herself as the first Korean actor to win at an international film festival.

Her role in the movie “The Surrogate Woman” won her best actress at the 44th Venice International Film Festival in 1987. She also won best actress at the 1989 Moscow International Film Festival for “Come, Come, Come Upward.”

Earlier, Kim Dong-ho, a former executive of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and a friend of the actress said, "Her doctor informed the family that her condition might not get better even if she undergoes surgery, so they haven't decided whether to proceed with it," Korea Times reported.

"She seemed to be fine ... She would go to the hospital for checkups but she wasn't sick. I heard that she was planning to visit the United States soon,” he added.

Kang Kang Soo-youn had already finished filming “Jung_E,” which is set to be released by Netflix this year.

She also won best actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards. Born Aug. 18, 1966, Kang Soo-yeon started as a child actress in 1969.

She also served as festival director at the Busan International Film Festival.

Here is her filmography, according to the Actor Is Present website:


<Hanji> (2011) 

<Rainbow Trout> (1999) 

<Girls' Night Out> (1998)

<Deep Blue> (1997)

<Their Last Love Affair> (1996) 

<Go Alone Like Musso'S Horn> (1995)

<The Woman And The Man> (1993) 

<Blue In You> (1992) 

<The Road To Race Track> (1991)

<Berlin Report> (1991)

<Autumn Tempest> (1991)

<That Which Falls Has Wings> (1990)

<Shock Continues Long) (1989)

<Come, Come, Come Upward> (1989)

<We Are Going To Geneva Now) (1988) 

<Prince Yeonsan> (1987)

<Springtime of Mimi and Cheol-Su> (1987)

<The Surrogate Womb> (1987)