The Three-Day Reign

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The Three-Day Reign
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Theatrical poster for The Three-Day Reign (1973)
Revised Romanization Samilcheonha
McCune–Reischauer Samilch‘ŏnha
Directed by Shin Sang-ok[1]
Produced by Shin Sang-ok
Written by Gwak Il-ro
Starring Shin Young-kyun
Music by Hwang Mun-pyeong
Cinematography Choi Seung-woo
Edited by Kim Hyeon
Distributed by An Yang Films Co., Ltd.
Release date
  • February 15, 1973 (1973-02-15)
Running time
132 minutes
Country South Korea
Language Korean

The Three-Day Reign (삼일천하 - Samil cheonha) a.k.a. Three Days of Their Reign is a 1973 South Korean film directed by Shin Sang-ok. It was awarded Best Film at the Blue Dragon Film Awards ceremony. Actor Shin Young-kyun was also named Best Actor for his performance in the film.[2][3]


During the last days of the Yi dynasty, conflict arises between the China-leaning conservatives, and the Western-learning and Japan-leaning reformers over how to rule Korea in the future. The reformer Kim Okgyun helps persuade the king to announce Korea's independence, breaking with China. When a conservative agent informs China, Chinese troops enter Korea and end the reign of independence after three days.[4]