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Thursday, September 01, 2005



An Animated North-South Korean Film?


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(Hat Tip: North Korea Zone)

(NY Times) It is the most Korean of folk tales. A young girl, Shim Chung, gives her life to a sea dragon so that her blind father may see again - and is rewarded for her filial piety by becoming an empress.

Now Shim Chung has earned another reward for her selfless sacrifice: an animated version of her ancient tale has become the first film to be released at the same time in North and South Korean movie theaters. "Empress Chung" opened on 51 screens in South Korea on Aug. 12, followed by 6 screens in North Korea on Aug. 15 - 60 years after the end of World War II, when the United States and the Soviet Union divided control of the Korean Peninsula.

Although one of the few things enjoyable between the Korea's, this film will probably help spark the ties between the two nations, despite the nuclear stand off between the North and it's other five members at "the table." This film was created by Nelson Shin, who spent over $6.5 million on developing this film which took seven years to create.

"I picked 'Empress Chung' because it had the most drama," Mr. Shin said, "and it is full of our Korean tradition." He was able to finance the film himself, but to cut expenses he turned to animators in North Korea, where labor costs a small fraction of what it does in South Korea. He worked with about 500 animators ("100 in the South, and the rest in North Korea") to create the 500,000 drawings required for "Empress Chung."

Although this film is in Korean it would be interesting to view this movie as it is one of the few items culturally shared between the North and the South. If anyone is interested in viewing more about this film they can simply click here.



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