The younger brother of the Manchukuo Emperor marries the daughter of a long-established aristocratic family. To the surprise of all, a deep love develops between them and it’s put to the test when Japan loses the war.
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You can't understate how beautiful Princess is in widescreen 35mm (I flagellate whenever I'm someone mentioning format), and colours may never again look this exquisite. The reserve with which the marriage ritual plays out is a little more telling than the compression of the second act, evoking an attempt to fit War + Peace into 100mins. An artist grappling with the obligatory rather than the personal. 2.5