The Last Princess (2016)

Deokhyeongju (2016) Action, Biography, Drama | 127min | 3 August 2016 (South Korea) 6.9
Director: Jin-ho HurWriter: Jin-ho Hur, Bi-Young KwonStars: Ye-jin Son, Hae-il Park, Mi-ran RaSummary: "The Last Princess" is both a drama and an action film that is based upon the life of Princess Deok-hye (1912-1989) who was born into Korea's last royal family in 1912 as the youngest and only daughter of the last King of Jo-seon, ex-Emperor Gojong and his concubine Yang Gui-in. In truth, her sad and tragic life was shaped at the highest levels of the Japanese Imperial family and its government, and carried out by their Korean collaborators - a path that led to Japanese political ends at the expense of her personal happiness. Two years before her birth, the Japanese Imperial Army surrounded Gwang-bok-gong Palace with artillery batteries with orders to shoot while Japanese officials inside the Palace coerced Emperor Su-jong's (King Go-jong's son) cabinet to approve Korea's annexation to the Japan Empire. After her beloved father suddenly died from poisoning in 1919 - allegedly by the occupying Japanese - the Japanese forced Princess Deokye to leave Korea and her family for an education... Written by Dr. Andrew HN Kim, USMA '72


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