Fans mourn S.Korean actor after fatal car crash

This picture shows a damaged car of late South Korean actor Kim Joo-Hyuk after his car crashed into an apartment wall and flipped over in Seoul on October 30, 2017. (File photo by AFP)
Updated 01 November 2017
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Fans mourn S.Korean actor after fatal car crash

SEOUL: Grieving South Korean film fans packed a Seoul hospital Wednesday to pay their respects after the death of an actor dubbed “Korea’s Hugh Grant.”
Kim Joo-Hyuk, 45, died Monday from head injuries after his Mercedes crashed into an apartment wall and flipped over. No other vehicles were involved, police said.
Kim, whose father was also a famous actor, made his debut in 1999 and quickly gained popularity for his roles in several romantic comedies, earning himself the nickname.
More recently he moved into grittier parts. He was named Best Supporting Actor at the Seoul Film Awards last week for his role in the movie “Confidential Assignment,” in which he played the leader of an organized crime gang from North Korea.
“It is my first time to win a movie award,” Kim said at the ceremony. “It is as if my parents, who are in heaven, are giving me this award.”
Several top celebrities went to pay their respects at a remembrance altar set up in the Seoul hospital where his body was taken.
Large arrangements of white flowers — the color of mourning in Korea — lined the corridors, which were crowded with media and sobbing fans.
Kim’s death was one of the most searched words on South Korea’s Naver portal on Wednesday.
“He was one of those actors that made me smile. I still can’t believe it,” said one user.
“I thought he would become a veteran actor like his father, it’s very sad. May he rest in peace,” wrote another.
Kim was the 20th most searched terms on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, as overseas fans also grieved his passing.
“Kim Joo-Hyuk was one of the very few South Korean actors I liked, my god,” posted a Chinese commentator.


French football fans queue for shirt carrying second star

Updated 17 August 2018
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French football fans queue for shirt carrying second star

  • National team’s new shirts carry a second star to mark Les Bleus’ World Cup win in Russia
  • The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners costing €85 euros each

PARIS: Scores of French football fans queued on Friday to snap up the first of the national team’s new shirts carrying a second star to mark Les Bleus’ World Cup win in Russia.
The crowning of France as world champions unleashed a wave of euphoria across the country, helping foster a brief sense of national unity after years of tension and self-examination in the wake of attacks by militants since 2015.
“I’ll keep it all my life. It’s the second star! They made our dreams come true on the pitch,” said fan Brice Chevalier as he queued to enter the French Football Federation’s store in Paris.
France first won the World Cup, earning its first star, in 1998 with Zinedine Zidane its talisman and playmaker in an era when the team was referred to as Black-Blanc-Beur (Black-White-Arab), a reference to its diverse ethnic make up.
In Russia, they beat Croatia 4-2, with President Emmanuel Macron leaping for joy in the stands.
“I’m chuffed, I’ve been waiting a month for this moment,” said another life-long supporter, Jerome Cornec.
The Nike-branded strips are huge money-spinners. France’s official shirt costs €85 euros ($97).