The Last Princess (Japanese Movie 2008)


Makabe Rokurota (Hiroshi Abe), a loyal retainer of Princess Yuki-hime (Masami Nagasawa), has been commissioned to transport Yuki-hime and Akizuki’s ample treasury of gold bars safely to the politically stable Hayakawa. They disguise themselves as humble firewood peddlers, hiding the gold bars inside the logs they are carrying so as to pass safely through roadblocks set up by Yamana, which is under the control of Takayama Gyobu (Kippei Shiina), whose attire bears a striking resemblance to that of Darth Vader.

Along the way, Rokurota comes across Takezo (Jun Matsumoto) and Shimpachi (Daisuke Miyagawa), who have escaped from forced labor in a gold mine. Takezo and Shimpachi first frown on joining the journey, but eventually agree to help out in the hope of escaping Yamana’s oppression and cashing in on the gold reward Rokurota offers them.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist


Words from Me:

I find the whole story pretty amusing and yet it was like a stale bread, it looks good but once you eat it, you get that bad consistency of a tensile food. The plots were loose and there were a lot of loopholes in it. My complain is that there could be so much more added to the story line but I was left empty handed as I finished the movie.

Jun Matsumoto was a good actor that’s for sure, but I should have guessed that this would just end up on my bummer list of films. The killing effects were too obvious, even the gushing out of blood was exaggerated, not that Japanese films do not exaggerate it as always, kill bill had that but still had a fantastic effect out of it but here… in an era where blood bath should look more realistic, it didn’t fit at all. The film also looked dreary as everyone seems to be dirty through and through, although it fits their characters since the retainer and the princess are supposed to be under cover.

As for the soundtrack… for the love me, I could not recall it at all. It’s not something that would stick in your head, it’s all a hum and dumdimdumdums.

Acting wise the main characters were good. Only the setting wasn’t because the CGI effects were so obvious. Other than that it was an OKAY film to watch, but not worth your time. I love Abe Hiroshi, Jun Matsumoto and Masami but they couldn’t save this film with their good looks and acting.


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