The Last Princess
Director: Hur Jin-ho
Cast: Son Ye-jin, Baek Yoon-sik, Park Hae-il
126 mins, 2016
The Last Princess is based on the true life story of Yi Deok-hye (Son Ye-jin), the last princess of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty and daughter of Emperor Go-jong (Baek Yoon-sik). At 13 years of age, Deok-hye is sent to Japan to study but soon finds herself being used as a political pawn, her pleas to be allowed to return home repeatedly denied. As her time in captivity stretches into years, Deok-hye meets her childhood friend Kim Jang-han (Park Hae-il) and a plan is gradually hatched to help her escape. However, pro-Japanese general Han Taek-soo (Yoon Je-moon) is determined to make sure that Deok-hye never returns home. The Last Princess is a sumptuous and epic historical tale and, in classic Hur Jin-ho style, has a beautifully understated emotional depth.