It is 1925 and 13-year-old Yi Deokhye is the last princess of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty. Under Japan’s colonial rule, the young princess is forced to relocate to Japan to finish her studies. Her desperate attempts to return home are continually thawrted by the pro-Japanese general Han Taek-soo. One day, she meets a friend from her past, Kim Jang-han, now an officer in the Japanese army. Kim, who is also part of the Korean independence movement, plans a secret operation to move Deokhye and her brother Yi Un to Shanghai, site of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
A fictional story inspired by real historical figures, The Last Princess is a heart-rending film of a sovereign (brilliantly portrayed by Son Ye-jin) who will spend the remainder of her life attempting to reunite with her one true love: her homeland.
Hur Jin-ho graduated from Yonsei University with a degree in philosophy and went on to study filmmaking at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. Many of his feature films, Christmas in August (Cannes Critics’ Week, 1998), April Snow (2005), Happiness (2007) and A Good Rain Knows (2009) are variations on the theme of love.