Instead, she was kidnapped by North Korean agents and smuggled on a boat to Pyongyang. Shin never achieved the success in Hollywood that he achieved in North Korea.
All the while, they were planning their escape. InChoi, then 41, was summoned to Hong Kong, ostensibly for a movie job.
And that was the plan. They secretly taped meetings with Kim Jong Il so that they could prove they were kidnapped, as opposed to defecting, and quietly waited for the right moment.