THE LAST PRINCESS
Directed by Hur Jin-ho
Official Selection, 2016 Busan International Film Festival
In 1919, during the Japanese Imperial rule of Korea, King Gojong was murdered, leaving his only daughter as the last ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. Driven by her father’s assassination, Princess Deok-hye begins to challenge Japan’s attempts to merge the two nations. When pressure from the Japanese command to colonize Korea strengthens, Princess Deok-hye is taken away from her family to be schooled in Japan. While living as a prisoner in the house of the colonizer, Deok-hye is reunited with a childhood friend who fortifies her commitment to independence and plots to sneak her back to Korea, where she could bring hope to a nation in peril.
As the title character, Son Ye-jin (Classic, April Snow) brings life to a strong woman forgotten by a history that’s undergone changes in regimes and ways of thinking about the Korean nation. Director Hur Jin-ho (Christmas in August, One Fine Spring Day) captures the audience by springing idealism and romance from period detail, all while testifying to the power nationalism has to both unite and divide. –Aleya Zenieris
Co-presented by: Asian Business Association
Writer: Hur Jin-ho, Lee Han-eol, Seo Yoo-min
Starring: Son Ye-jin, Park Hae-il