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Ruten no Ouhi - Saigo no Koutei [流転の王妃・最後の皇弟]


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Title:Ruten no Ouhi - Saigo no Koutei
Season:Fall 2003

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TV Station:TV Asahi

TV Asahi also has a star-studded extravaganza prepared to celebrate its 45th anniversary this autumn 2003. Takako Tokiwa will star as the Japanese woman from the nobility chosen to be married off to the younger brother of the last emperor of China. She will don a 12-layer kimono for the ceremony. Yutaka Takenouchi plays the groom. It will be filmed partly on location in China.
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Actor/Actress Cast (22)
Takenouchi Yutaka
Aishinkakura Fuketsu
Sorimachi Takashi
Sakurai Tetsushi
Tokiwa Takako
Aishinkakura (Saga) Hiro
愛新覚羅 (嵯峨) 浩
Esumi Makiko
Kawashima Yoshiko
Amami Yuki
Ri Kouran
Nogiwa Yoko
Saga Hisako
Kimura Yoshino
Kojima Haru
Takenaka Naoto
Amakasu Masahiko
Danta Yasunori
Kudou Shouji
Hisamoto Masami
Kitamura Soichiro
Saga Sanetou
Nakamura Toru
Touyama Hisanobu
Iwasaki Hiromi
Saga Kotoko
Kusabue Mitsuko
Kato Kazuko
Takeda no Miyahi Denka
Mukunoki Miwa
San Gou Gou
Itoh Misaki
Tatara Kijin
Nishijima Kazuhiro
Chin Ban
Ichikawa Yui
Aishinkakura Kosei
Hayase Erina
Aishinkakura Eisei
Hamada Manabu
Ri Shunbou
Nakamaru Shinsho
Kakeda no Miyadenka

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Drama Reviews (6)
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1. didn't disappoint me AT ALL. [Rating: ?/10]
it's indeed EDGY for Japanese producers to tell Chinese History of Second Sino Japanese War eriod. and seriously, this is one HUGE selling point. i would still watch it if it hasnt such powerful cast. and for me a Chinese, i would say the dorama has told history as, well, what it was without making it too bloody or too political. perhaps afterall it was only a setting, the main theme is still the love between PuJie (Pu-Chieh) and Hiro and for that part it was beautifully depicted. a powerful and personal love story of two important public people. EXCELLENT music, EXCELLENT settings. very very good acting from Takenouchi that basically makes EVERYONE dimmed. for these, i give the movie an 11.

one point deducted for important historical errors.
1~ PuJie's mom didn't die in the Forbidden City which leads to,
2~ Puyi wouldn't have been able to watch her die, in fact, he didn't even get to her funeral because he wasn't allowed to leave the Forbidden City.
3~ no Qing princes EVER refer their mothers as "mothers". but "e niang"
4~ no one can refer the Emperor by name but quite EVERYONE in the dorama namedropped the Emperor as Emperor Puyi.
that is, don't ever rely this for your full history knowledge. it is supposed to be a SERIOUS dorama but when it comes to big mistakes like these i just can't help laughing, especially that when PuJie repeated saying "mother" for the nth times. yet LUCKILY, these errors remain to the very early part of the dorama, so after several laughs you can still get immersed in the love story.

another point deducted for, erm, weird Mandarin. perhaps it would be better dubbed.

still, a very very high class dorama... not your ordinary j dorama. 9/10
Reviewed by tsubaki1 on 26 June 2004
2. Worth Watching! [Rating: 9/10]
Yutaka did an amazing job transforming himself for this role!!! It was such a treat & even funny to hear Takenouchi Yutaka & Tokiwa Takako speaking thick-accent Mandarin, especaily Yutaka, his hardwork paid off & pronouciation really progressed in each episode. (if only he was bilingual like Takashi Kaneshiro... ) The first episode was a bit hard to follow with a lot of historic introduction but when story took off, it was really touching....
Reviewed by lovejdorama on 3 May 2005
3. rekishi [Rating: 8/10]
this movie is highly recommended esp to those who r really into history, i went through the whole drama in 2 days, even though i hate history.. lots of great stars in this drama namely, esumi makiko, sorimachi takashi etc.
Reviewed by juliana_phang on 30 September 2004
4. Worth some time [Rating: 9/10]
Deeply moving, with first rate performances by Tokiwa and Takenouchi, defines this based on a true story drama as a not to be missed classic. It is subtle not flashy so if you are looking for something snappy go elsewhere.
Reviewed by Eve on 11 October 2005
5. historcal [Rating: 8/10]
a historical drama about the brother of the last emperor.. an arranged tactical marriage.. a long-lasting love of two people fro two different countries
Reviewed by kyouki on 3 June 2004
6. Based on the true story [Rating: 10/10]
Historical dorama but trust me u'll never get bored, it based on the true story and it was really touching.
Reviewed by ester_grace on 23 December 2010

Comments From Users (37)
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1. Comments by nadrika [Rating: 7/10]
I really love this historical drama. Watched it several times already. It has a great cast, full of actors and actresses that i really like. However it gets a 7 as the Japanese actors couldn't convince me that they are Chinese. And that made watching this hard. Yoshino Kimura did the best job with her Mandarin. The rest tried but really made my head spin. It was a treat hearing Yutaka speak Mandarin, though. He looks like a Chinese in this drama and loved his character's gentleness. Sweet!

And i should read up on the history of Manchuria, China and Japan to further understand this great production.

Really nice soundtrack accompanying this drama as well.
2. Comments by occultangle [Rating: 9/10]
If it wasn't for some for some silly special effects, and a few scenes like a person's hand being shot off, this would be perfect. I love history, and I love love stories that are complicated, ill fated, forbidden, etc. One thing I would like to point out is that this is a good example of how much music can effect the feeling of a drama (or movie or anything for that matter), they use a very beautiful melody very often, often played on a Chinese fiddle, it really brings so much emotion to the story, without it it would have only been a fraction as good as it is.
3. Comments by atheon [Rating: 8/10]
Mac 2004: This is a historical drama....with great cast. A must watch for everyone cus normally u wont see japanese actors speak chinese and practice traditional chinese customs. As a chinese myself, i really touched by this drama, well acted by the actors, touching plots, im impressed. Learned some history too....
4. Comments by juliana_phang [Rating: 8/10]
takenouchi yutaka might looked a lil silly here, but his performance is perfect enough to cover his silliness.
i was surprised to see that they spoke in mandarin, n they did it pretty good.. asahi did a good job in portraying the life of this couple trying to unite the chinese n japanese..
5. Comments by jo [Rating: 6/10]
Good acting by Takenouchie, not particularly fond of Tokiwa's acting. Not sure about the real history, but watching it from Japanese production point of view, I think it's pretty much obvious to assume that they have changed so much of the ACTUAL history. B+
6. Comments by jdfan [Rating: 9/10]
This is a quality WWII period drama with a top notch cast. The leads are great and the storyline is quite touching. If you are a fan of either Yutaka Takenouchi or Takako Tokiwa then this is a must see short series.
7. Comments by AK [Rating: 10/10]
Simply beautiful. It made me sob so many times that I cannot remember.
I do not have a great knowledge about Japan or China's history but as a simple person, I found this drama amazing, touching. Deserves a 10.
8. Comments by ume [Rating: 9/10]
INCREDIBLE performances. Haven't seen Tokiwa and Takenouchi for a LONG TIME. Reminds me of what Japanese dramas used to be like. AMAZING SOUNDTRACK. and you really feel that sorrow and devotion. MMMM
9. Comments by ffrostte [Rating: 8/10]
a very neat drama. never thought the japanese will act out such a story about the Chinese history. Better than my expectation in a lot of ways, if only the actors can speak even better Mandarin...
10. Comments by freak_of_psycho [Rating: 7/10]
Didn't know the history btwn the Japanese and the Manchurians so it was confusing for me... maybe a little homework on history before watching would help... I love the music tho....
11. Comments by xy0131 [Rating: 8/10]
Great drama, i think takenouchi yutata's acting is quite good. as for japanese speaking chinese...not bad. at least i can understand more than half not looking at the subtitles.
12. Comments by hikaruhana [Rating: 7/10]
Liked this drama quite a bit for the historical interest and the star-studded cast. I had never known about this story until I learned about it in the drama. Nice production.
13. Comments by mayne_que [Rating: 10/10]
Great casts. Very different from most dorama. I like this alot. Chinese spoken was not that good...however, leading casts made a considerable efforts to speak the language!
14. Comments by octane [Rating: 9/10]
I like this drama..
very nicely done,
since this is a Japanese production, thought they would change the veiw to favor the Japanese side during World War II
15. Comments by v1olet [Rating: 10/10]
It's a Japanese version of China Last Emperor. Excellent, deep & meaningful drama. Yutaka Takenouchi, Takako Tokiwa, and Takeshi Sorimachi are great.
16. Comments by Milano [Rating: 8/10]
my first watched historical drama. I feared bore but it was a lot interesting, i've learnt something about that period.
17. Comments by 4julls [Rating: 9/10]
LOVE IT!! beside well .. it gots yutaka in it
heheheheh ^___^ .. but i just love it the kind of story like this ....
18. Comments by gakuchi [Rating: 10/10]
This show deserves a WOW! The actors were very good I must say. One of the best Japanese shows Ive seen.
19. Comments by russia [Rating: 7/10]
brave story about WW2, but lousy mandarin spoken by japanese actors. can't be helped, i guess.
20. Comments by tjddks [Rating: 10/10]
Saikou..... I can't believe it's based on true love story....
Kizukazuni namida ga..... T_T
21. Comments by Geezer [Rating: 7/10]
Interesting little bio-pic. I'd never heard of Princess Hiro before.

Pretty well done.
22. Comments by aimare [Rating: 7/10]
This drama is very well-done in details.
A historical drama rather than romantic.
23. Comments by jaycee [Rating: ?/10]
anyone know where i can this title in msia? please tell me...!! oshiete kureru?
24. Comments by Aunty Coco [Rating: 5/10]
The show is boring... What kept me going was the cast of A-listers in the show
25. Comments by lovejdorama [Rating: 9/10]
aka Princess Hiro, watched 4/28/05, 4 VCDs, avail for trade!!!! ENGLISH SUB
26. Comments by Eve [Rating: 9/10]
Fantastic performances and a deeply moving true story!!
27. Comments by ct_subang [Rating: 6/10]
base on a true historical story....really touching..
28. Comments by Jewel [Rating: 9/10]
One of the best historial dramas i've ever watched
29. Comments by rainbowglasss [Rating: 1/10]
Distorted view of history. No point to watch.
30. Comments by norani [Rating: 10/10]
Also known as The Last Princess of China .

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Users who voted for this drama (5)
1. hananako
a very touching historical story.true love tht i donno whether we still can find today.. a very great partner;yutaka ngn takako ;D fujie to hiro itsumo futaride....
2. kyouki
although i might not understand history that well .. hehe .. but i think this is a good drama .. the story of love and determination .. and yutaka is still sweet :)
3. jpride
Both Yutaka and Tokiwa Takako were amazing! Their acting was sooo good! And the plot was very very interesting...
4. AK
Touching drama. It has some very well done scenes and I apreciate that.
5. cutehinano