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. Mark Russell reports in the New York Times (free subscription required to view full article).