CHOI Eun-hee’s second film after The Girl Raised as a Future Daughter-In-Law, One Sided Love of Princess is a romantic comedy with a historical vibe. Sook-kyung, the youngest tomboy princess, loves playing hide and seek with her same-aged court ladies and is extremely curious about the life outside the palace. An opportunity comes for her on queen mother’s birthday celebration. Princess Sook-kyung gets to explore the outside world with the help of her older sister princesses and falls in love with a Seonggyungwan scholar she meets coincidentally. The variety of character twists in this film which is reminiscent of romantic comedies such as Roman Holiday and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The queen mother with a fancy royal costume but wears glasses because of her poor vision, and the court ladies who protect the princess day and night are usually slow and doze off but have the strength to push against male henchmen. The princes outside the palace walls seem like that of a naïve country girl who eats a rice cake at the marketplace because she thinks it’s free.
CHOI Eun-hee tests her abilities as a filmmaker and shows immense growth in the area at Shin Films, a film company that provided extravagant film studios in the early to mid-1960s and produced a variety of films. Compared to her first film, this film portrays many more diverse characters and delicate filmmaking and camera movement. Further, One Sided Love of Princess reveals the many tensions that occur when a women’s film meets conventional drama. Sook-kyung, who rejects being married to a man of prestige and good reputation and asks to remove her title of princess to be with the one she loves, shows us the duplicity of the woman – one who chooses the path of an obedient wife of a man but also the path of an independent woman who cultivates her own love. [PARK Hyunseon]
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CHOI made her film debut with her appearance in SHIN Kyeong-gyun’s A New Oath (1947). She reached the apex of her career with the phenomenal success of A College Woman’s Confession (1958), and Seong Chun-hyang (1961). She made her debut as the third female director in Korean history with The Girl Raised as a Future Daughter-in-law in 1965. Choi was also interested in nurturing younger students, and founded the Anyang Arts High School, where she was appointed principal in 1969. She was kidnapped by North Korea in 1978 and joined with SHIN Sang-ok, who had gone to North Korea after her, to make Shin Films, where she continued her work as an actress and filmmaker. She sought asylum in the United States in 1986, and returned to South Korea in 1999. She became the president of the Shin-Hyeop Theater Company in 2001, and the year after organized the establishment of the Shin Film Art Center in Anyang.