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During my last week in Japan, I finally stopped by a movie theater in order to watch the final chapter of the Hana Yori Dango TV drama—Hana Yori Dango Final the movie. While I’m not sure what movie ticket prices are like in other countries, tickets in Japan (1,800 yen) are noticeably higher than I’m what I’m used to back at home. With that said, the level of Japanese used in the dialogue was well within my abilities, so at least I got to enjoy my first Japanese movie theater experience to the fullest. I’ve included spoiler-free impressions below, plus a lengthy, fully detailed summary (written as accurately as possible from memory), for those of you who just can’t wait to find out what happened. Any additional pictures were scanned from the photobook that I bought.

 

(Screenshots below were taken from the Hana Yori Dango Final Public Celebration Special (花よりだ男子ファイナル公開記念SP), which aired on television the day before the movie premiered.)


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Spoiler-free Impressions:
First off, my overall impression of the movie is that it should definitely please fans of the television drama. At around two hours long, it concluded the series as a whole well, plus it paid homage to all the little things that we know Hana Yori Dango for. This includes Tsukushi hopping on her feet before punching someone, Tsukasa’s poor Japanese (e.g. his inability to distinguish between on and kun kanji readings), Rui’s drowsy appearance and soft-spoken nature, Akira’s connection to the underground (e.g. gangs) around the world, Soujirou still running away from Yuki all the time, and F4′s seemingly limitless amount of money to do as they please. Shigeru, Tsukasa’s fiancee from season two, was also in the movie, during the portion of the film that took place in Las Vegas. There was even a late cameo of Sanjou Sakurako near the end to make everything come full circle. So in short, the movie was a good reminder of everything fans liked about the drama, which based on what I overheard in the theater, added to the nostalgic effect. Given how the second season, Hana Yori Dango 2 (Returns), finished airing over a year ago, I can definitely see where they were coming; however, it was still pretty nostalgic for me even though I only finished the drama somewhat recently. (The only person missing that I would’ve liked to see was Tsukasa’s sister, Tsubaki.)

As for the premise of the movie, Tsukushi is in her last year of school and her parents formally meet Tsukasa’s mother, Kaede, as part of the wedding engagement. At this meeting, Tsukasa’s mother presents Tsukushi with a tiara known as “The Smile of Venus” (ビーナスの微笑み), which supposedly grants eternal love to the bearer and her partner. While Tsukushi is in awe after receiving such an important heirloom, the tiara suddenly gets stolen right in front of Tsukasa and Tsukushi, so the two of them go on a wild goose chase to retrieve it, taking them to Las Vegas and subsequently, Hong Kong.

The beginning of the movie started off with a lot of action, as Tsukasa chased after the thief who swung out of a helicopter and busted right through the window of their enormous hotel room. That particular scene and the subsequent fight scenes between the two in the hotel kitchen made everything feel like a well choreographed action movie, which was pretty damn exciting, but it was very un-Hana Yori Dango-like. I guess they decided they had to start off with a strong movie-like impression though and this served that purpose really well. The rest of the movie was more like the Hana Yori Dango that we’re used to, as there weren’t really any more action movie type scenes like that, and simply a lot of character interactions instead (in a good way). As for the plot, I wouldn’t say it was completely predictable, but I had a fairly good idea who the antagonist was well before they made the big, climatic revelation. Regardless, I wouldn’t use that as a reason to knock the movie though, as all the hints were purposely left behind to make you wonder who the perpetrator is and start drawing your own conclusions along the way. With that said, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment one bit, plus my prediction could have easily been wrong as I never felt 100% certain. While Hana Yori Dango has never really moved me sentimentally that much (something Densha Otoko seems to do quite easily), the movie did make me tear up a bit near the end, so if you are a fan of the television drama, I wholeheartedly recommend watching the movie when you get a chance.

 

Summary:
WARNING: extremely long, contains major spoilers, but also more pictures and all the good stuff.
Note: most pictures link to larger versions, some of which are uncropped and show a lot more.

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July 13, 2008 at 8:48 pm
57 comments »
  • July 13, 2008 at 9:22 pmpsych_ten_chan

    Thanks for the summary. Can’t wait to see it too. The ending’s quite conclusive. Which is a lot better than the ending presented by the manga. Thanks again!

  • July 13, 2008 at 9:23 pmFire Candy

    It sounds great! =)

  • July 13, 2008 at 10:39 pmSolitaire

    Looks amazing! I hope to see it in the future :]

  • July 13, 2008 at 11:09 pmAntiAngst

    Thanks for blogging this. Of course, this only made me want to see it more. ^_^ Can’t wait!

  • July 13, 2008 at 11:10 pmjonaht

    o.O cool~
    I can’t wait for the DVD-subbed version T.T lol

  • July 13, 2008 at 11:13 pmjonaht

    Cool~ o.O
    Can’t wait for the subbed version T.T

  • July 14, 2008 at 12:02 amSalenth

    Wet, shirtless Juuuuuuun <3 Now I get to wait a year until it’s released online. :(

  • July 14, 2008 at 12:39 amEleutheria

    My theory is that a cinema excursion in Japan is roughly similar to a theatre/Broadway excursion in America. You get all that merchandise for sale in the cinema lobby, e.g. The prices reflect that.

  • July 14, 2008 at 1:09 amHoshi

    DAMN. A nekkid Matsujun. :P And Oguri Shun doesn’t look that bad either. Awesome, thanks for the summary!

  • July 14, 2008 at 1:38 amGintama

    ZOMG HE’S NUDE!!

  • July 14, 2008 at 2:22 ammutio

    Omg, didn’t you half die while waiting this summary :O
    Anyways, keep up the good work!

  • July 14, 2008 at 2:32 ammuhi_kira

    GOSH!!!
    thank you so much for the summary
    i really like the words from Tsukasa that he like Tsukushi is on inside not on outside

    just want to know
    after this movie ended have somebody stand and give applause? ^_^;

    can’t wait the subs anymore!!!!

  • July 14, 2008 at 4:42 amfrubam

    mmmmm, sounds REEEAAALLLL delicious :D. Can’t wait for the subs.

  • July 14, 2008 at 5:31 amNekki

    Wh.. Wh.. What..!? 1800 yen?!?
    Well… Here, in Macau, to watch a movie you just need to pay 400-500yen.

  • July 14, 2008 at 8:31 amEri

    Hey hey hey!

    What is Fujiki Naohito’s role in this movie?

    Did you know that Nao-chan was Hana Yori Dango Movie 1995′s Hanazawa Rui?

    I can’t wait to watch this!

    Thanks for the screen caps.

    ~ Eri

  • July 14, 2008 at 10:08 amHayumi

    T.T I hope they will sell it on dvd. I dont mind spending on this movie XD
    Thanks for the summary, eventhough i ddnt read it >…<
    Anyone know if it is or not going to be on shelves… Wonder if it’ll come to south east asia…

  • July 14, 2008 at 12:20 pmJeromaru

    Its kinda remind’s me of Densha Otoko Final DX movie!!!
    i cant wait for it to be released on DVD!!

  • July 14, 2008 at 2:32 pmHelen

    why do they look so OLD?

  • July 15, 2008 at 3:02 amShinigami

    this looks so frikin awesome

  • July 15, 2008 at 3:07 amS.

    THANKS FOR THE SUMMARY! I’ve always wanted to know what happened in the SP =D

  • July 15, 2008 at 11:41 pmtensai13

    T.T

  • July 16, 2008 at 2:23 ammara

    Thank you for the summary. I saw the movie three times in the last week and half, and this summary really helped me understand a few things I still hadn’t figured out. Yay for people who know more Japanese than me! And all of the awesome pics were great too.

    A note on ticket prices: Late night showings are 1200 yen (after 8 pm, weekdays); Lady’s day is every Wednesday, 1000 yen. Every first of the month is 1000 yen, the first Friday that a film shows, it’s 1300 yen.

    I got the prices from this site: http://www.cinema-mediage.com/service/service.html
    And found this: http://www.japaninyourpalm.com/entertainment/cinema.htm
    I did Lady’s day price at the theater in Odaiba, and the late night in a random theater in Shibuya, so this isn’t just particular to one theater, websites for different theaters should also display their different prices.

  • July 16, 2008 at 9:59 pmLois

    OMG.. I want to watch this movie… shocks… i really want to see this movie..

  • July 19, 2008 at 11:16 amlalaine

    i love hana yori dango season 1 & 2 i cant wait to watch hyd the movie i’m really excited..

  • July 22, 2008 at 9:27 pmc

    thx a lot!

  • July 23, 2008 at 6:57 pmJessica

    OMG OMG OMG it sounds sooo goood! and i luv the “answer” Rui came up with! but stilll OMG OMG OMG!!!!! I’m still psyched by this summary… I SWEAR I WAS NEVER THAT INTO READING UNLIKE THIS TIME! arghhhh i really want to see it now! T.T when can i watch ittttt if i dont watch it by september… i dunno wat im gonna do! xD

  • July 23, 2008 at 8:04 pmT.J

    ok thanks for the summary i can’t wait to watch it with subs i esp. can’t wait for the ending now keep up the good work oh and thanks for the screen caps as well^_^

  • July 24, 2008 at 10:23 pmGerelle

    OH MY GOD! I LIVE IN LAS VEGAS! OH MY GOD! I’M SPEECHLESS! I’M SO GOING TO STRIP TO EVEN KISS THE PLACES WERE THEY WALKED!

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  • July 26, 2008 at 12:20 amAnna

    I’m not gonna read the Summary, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut I really really want to and I’m afraid of dying before I ever see Hana Yori Dango final O_____O lol irrational fear.

  • July 28, 2008 at 9:36 amyukireizei

    Wonderful. Thank you for providing the summary; I have no problems with them since I love spoilers, and it makes me want to see the movie even more.

    Aye. Everyone looks so dashing, especially Matsumoto Jun.

  • July 29, 2008 at 3:16 amannicho

    do you guys know when is the official date of showing of this movie, hana yori dango final?

    pls. can anyone answer me.. i need to know when..! pls..
    thankyou

  • July 30, 2008 at 12:47 amdivine

    annicho:
    The movie premiered in Japanese theaters on June 28th, 2008.

  • July 31, 2008 at 8:36 ammelrose

    It’s really a very genuine story.. I love the ending!!

    kaliya nad Amy must really watch it soon!!!!

  • July 31, 2008 at 12:15 pmzhou2

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, that is verry goood movie.
    oooohhhh i really want to see it. and thank uuuuuuu verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry much bout the summary

  • July 31, 2008 at 12:16 pmzhou2

    oiiya, can i took the pic n then i wanna make a theme bout hydf????

  • August 7, 2008 at 4:21 amsj

    ..youHh.. hana yori dango Fans aDdict. . .

    this is was so coOL..ur the man Jun-kUn..

    i really like ur hair style.

    more power

    God bless..

    and i like to congratulate also ur partner makino,she was so beautiful..

    and also ur bestfriend Rui =)..he was so cute..

    Great job hana yori dango..

  • August 9, 2008 at 9:10 pmMelanie

    what do you when you said that–”Tsukasa uses this opportunity to ask Tsukushi what her dream is, so she places a hand over her stomach and says it’s already come true. Realizing what this means, Tsukusa is overjoyed and cheers in absolute excitement, before running up to her and listening to her stomach.”??

    is she pregnant?? pls. tell me!!

  • August 15, 2008 at 4:09 amsarah

    Thank you so much!!!!! I love spoilers!

  • August 22, 2008 at 5:41 pmRachey

    Haha thanks!
    that was loads of help tbh.
    can’t wait for the subbed.
    its gonna take like years till it comes out online though
    very cutte :)

  • August 24, 2008 at 3:21 ambikyo

    yatta!finally, I’ve finished reading it! it took me some time reading the whole article. ;D THANK YOU so much for the summary! Now, I have an idea what HYDF is all about. And awww, Rui became a priest? *sigh* but anyway, Makino is pregnant in the last part! kyaaa~

    DOMO ARIGATO!

  • August 24, 2008 at 3:53 amoishii

    omg. i wanna watch this so much. :))

  • August 26, 2008 at 1:13 amJenniefer

    omg
    D is soooo sweet
    i love the ending:)

  • August 29, 2008 at 1:34 amsong_hye

    thank you so much, cant wait for the movie

  • September 16, 2008 at 4:35 ampoi-shii

    ang ganda ng movie..sana ipalabas sa pilipinas..

  • September 20, 2008 at 1:39 ammary

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! THEY WON’T BE SHOWING THE MOVIE HERE IN THE US.. THANK YOU!!

  • September 20, 2008 at 1:47 ammary

    p.s. i’m so glad they gave a definite ending and didn’t leave the fans hanging and wanting more

  • September 28, 2008 at 2:01 pmDreamy Luna

    Thank you for the long and detailed summary. It helped me understand more about the movie I saw yesterday. (I don’t speak Japanese.)

    Now that I understand more, I am quite satisfied with the movie before honestly, before I read your summary, I thought Domyoji and Makino’s quarrels were so boring haha.

  • October 14, 2008 at 3:41 amRebecca

    i have got the hana yori dango final video file any idea how i can sub it or give any organisation to sub cause i really hope to share it with other hyd fans.Please contact me @ reb_khoo@hotmail.com .THX!!!! >_<

  • October 17, 2008 at 12:40 pmDeane

    Your really lucky you were able to catch a glimpse of the movie unlike us here wherein were still looking for some possibility that the said movie would be shown in our country. I am a Hanayori Dango fanatic and it saddens me to know that it wont be shown here in our country. Anyway just waiting for the DVD subbed in English to be release worldwide..

  • November 4, 2008 at 1:04 amzhixian

    I LOVE YOU!!! I really want to see the movie =(
    When I read that Makino is pregnant, I was like dying of happiness in front of the computer!!!

    YAY!! HAPPY ENDING!!
    Although this world there isn’t such a perfect man like Domyoji..=(
    His first and last love is Makino..
    Isn’t that like sweet?? x3

  • November 11, 2008 at 9:36 pmSaigunochi_009

    heeey!!! When is the full movie can be released? where can i watch it???
    oh please.. tell me!! onegai shimasu!! T_T

  • December 8, 2008 at 11:35 amNyma

    ohmygoodness!!!! i really wanna see thisw already!!!! so excited!!! when is it going to be on a dvd????

  • December 25, 2008 at 10:14 pmC.

    What happened in the end with Rui? I quite didn’t understand what he was doing in the end, working or just doing nothing.

  • January 3, 2009 at 6:16 amAlice

    Did Rui really go off by himself? I remember Shizuka asking him what he wanted to do, and Rui said that he wasn’t cut out to manage a business… That’s so sad :(

  • January 27, 2009 at 11:36 pmVicky

    thanks for the summary!
    i loved the movie, it was really good!
    one of my favorite parts was the very end when the picture of everyone changed into the manga version of them. it was so cool

  • June 12, 2009 at 3:22 pmshiva

    I thought that the movie was pretty boring.it does not make any sence that one punch can scare a bear off.the series were much better than this.

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