Deokhyeongjoo   2016   South Korea The Last Princess
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Director:Jin-ho Hur
Studio:Lotte Entertainment
Writer:Jin-ho Hur, Bi-Young Kwon
IMDb Rating:6.4 (10 votes)
Genre:Biography, Drama
Duration:127 min
Languages:Korean, Japanese
Jin-ho Hur  ...  (Director)
Jin-ho Hur, Bi-Young Kwon  ...  (Writer)
Sang-hun Jeong  ...  Bok-dong
Hae-il Park  ...  Jang-han
Mi-ran Ra  ...  Bok-sun
Ye-jin Son  ...  Deok-hye
Comments: With Hur you gotta ride the schmaltz because he's a subtle film maker who knows the rules:
1) Good guy
2) Bad guy
3) Damsel in distress
4) Gun on the table

And you gotta ride the slow parts because in the end he's going to walk right up to you, no sneaking around, and kick you straight in the balls or ballettes

This is a movie, which states up front:

Some content may be inconsistent with historical facts

It's fine to point out that the movie does what it says on the tin but you don't get points for it

Apparently it wasn't her childhood friend/sweetheart/fiancé who rescued her. And maybe the big escape plot was a fiction

Fine. Try imagining this movie without those two things

Most importantly, try imagining this film without Son Ye-jin. Her posture at the end of this film hurt. Hur's decision to give us only the side of her face in the hospital hurt. The look on her face when she sees her nanny. Ouch. The shot of her sipping a soda through a straw? Super ouch!

What more can you ask of a film that, beyond making you bawl your brains out, makes you want to learn more about its subject?

I'm deducting half a star for some schmaltz and slow periods

Summary: Princess Deokhye (Son Ye-Jin) was the last princess of Korea.

Under Japanese colonial rule, she is taken to Japan as a hostage. With the era's harsh conditions, she struggles to maintain the hope of the Korean people. Jang-Han (Park Hae-Il) is a fighter for Korean independence. His mission is to bring Princess Deokhye back to South Korea and he also loves her.

Based on the novel "Deokhyeongjoo" by Kwon Bi-Young (published December 14, 2009 by Dasan Books). The novel is based on the life a real life historical figure.

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