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Choi Jin-shil (b. December 24, 1968) first rose to stardom in the early 1990s after debuting on television in 1988. Her first role was as a partisan soldier in Chung Ji-young's acclaimed North Korea's Southern Army (sometimes called Partisans of South Korea), and later that year she also co-starred with Park Joong-hoon in Lee Myung-Se's innovative piece about marriage, My Love, My Bride.
Throughout much of the 1990s Choi was one of the most popular actresses in Korean film. Coincidentally or not, many of her most famous roles were centered in some way around marriage, motherhood, or the image of a wife. Her most famous role came in the 1997 mega-hit The Letter, which was the highest-grossing Korean film of that year.
In early 2000, Choi touched off a media storm with the announcement of her engagement to popular baseball star Cho Sung-min, who used to play in the Japan League. In the two years to follow, however, the couple's deteriorating relationship and divorce became a staple of the local tabloids.
Choi's last feature to date was as "Bee" in the poorly-received blockbuster The Legend of Ginkgo.
The Legend of Gingko (2000)
The Letter (1997)
Baby Sale (1997)
Holiday in Seoul (1997)
Ghost Mama (1996)
Mom's Got a Lover (1995)
Who Drives Me Crazy (1995)
I Wish For What Is Forbidden (1994)
How to Top My Wife (1994)
Girl For Love, Girl For Marriage (1993)
Mister Mamma (1992)
Susan Brink's Arirang (1991)
My Love, My Bride (1990)
North Korea's Southern Army (1990)