Empress Chung

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Empress Chung
Empress Chung film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Revised Romanization Wanghu simcheong
McCune–Reischauer Wanghu simch‘ŏng
Directed by Nelson Shin
Produced by Nelson Shin
Yi Jin-eun
Kang Min-woo
Screenplay by Kim Jung-ha
Shin Jang-hyun
Yoo Kwang-hee
Kyong Seung-won
Kwon Young-sup
Story by Nelson Shin
Music by Sung Dong-hwan
Edited by Nelson Shin
Distributed by KOAA Films
Release date
  • August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12)
Running time
93 minutes
Country North Korea
South Korea
Language Korean
Budget US$6.5 million[1]

Empress Chung (Hangul왕후심청; Hanja王后沈淸; RRWanghu simcheong) is a 2005 animated feature film, produced in North and South Korea and directed by Nelson Shin.


In this adventure, based on a famous Korean folk tale, a daughter sacrifices herself to restore her blind father's eyesight.


As a personal project, Shin spent eight years getting the project off the ground, including three and a half years of pre-production. The film was co-produced in North Korea by the Chosun April 26th Children Film Studio (also known as SEK), and the score was also recorded in the North by the Pyongyang Film and Broadcasting Orchestra. In a move unusual for the Korean film industry, the character voices were recorded in both the South and the North due to differences in dialect. For the definitive international release version, the South Korean dub is the one used.


On August 12, 2005, Empress Chung became the first film to have been released simultaneously in both North and South Korea. The film was featured at the 2004 Annecy International Animation Festival, and was also recognized with several awards in Korea.

The film grossed US $140,000 on its opening weekend against a US $6.5 million budget,[1] continuing a trend of under-performing animated features made for the Korean market.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Jie, Li (February 2012). "Drawing out the Hermit". NewsChina Magazine. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Russell, Mark (August 31, 2005). "Uniting the Two Koreas, in Animated Films at Least". The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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