Empty Dream
Empty Dream
Theatrical poster to Empty Dream
Director Yu Hyun-mok
Producer U Gi-dong
Planner Jo Gyu-jin
Screenplay Kim Han-il
Art director Chung Woo-taek
Music Kim Yong-hwan
Cinematographer Sim Jae-heung
Editor Yu Hyun-mok
Lighting Gang Yong-sin
Production studio Seki Trading
Released July 3, 1965
Running time 100 min.
Debut theatre Myeongbo
IMDb profile
KMDb profile

Empty Dream (춘몽 / 春夢 - Chunmong) is a 1965 film directed by Yu Hyun-mok.[1] It was based on the Japanese director Takechi Tetsuji's 1964 erotic film, Daydream, which was based on a short story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. Yu claims not to have seen the Japanese film before making Empty Dream, but to have only read the screenplay. Jasper Sharp reports that it is quite close to the Takechi film's scenario, but nevertheless a superior film "in terms of art direction, cinematography, montage and other related technical aspects... reminiscent of early French surrealism or German expressionism". It was banned by the South Korean government, and Yu was fined for public obscenity in 1967. Kept in a vault until that time, the film resurfaced at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2004.[2]


While under the effects of anasthesia in a dentist's office, a young man and woman fantasize a romantic triangle between themselves and the dentist.[1]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "춘몽" (in Korean). Korean Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  2. Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.

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