Kingdom: Unmei no Hono
Made in 2023, Kingdom: Unmei no Hono was a movie whose director I did not know and whose actors I had not had the chance to watch before. It was not the first Japanese movie I had seen, but it had a different historical atmosphere than the others I had seen.
I watched the movie, but I find it hard to choose between good and bad. The last Japanese movie I watched was very successful in terms of revealing the sacrifices made while covering the nuclear power plant accident and the events that took place after the accident.
Kingdom: Unmei no Hono movie reveals the historical and cultural conflicts of the Far East and focuses on the drawing of borders through wars. I don't know to what extent the movie adhered to historical facts because it was more about a fantasy world.
For almost the entire duration of the movie, the upcoming war, its causes and consequences are presented in detail, focusing on the importance of strategy before, during and after the war. I can honestly say that my interest in the movie increased even more when strategy was involved.
In the pre-war story, I liked the narration of the reasons and the reasons for taking a war position. The story was satisfying in terms of immersion with the process of the united forces choosing generals for themselves. Although the duration of the movie is quite long, the fluency and the sense of curiosity trigger each other when the war comes into play.
After the war starts, the movie turns into a chess game. The moves that the opposing forces try to make on each other, together with the eye-catching scenes, bring the excitement to the peaks. Developing another move in response to each move suddenly becomes the norm of the movie. And as you watch the movie, you wonder and try to guess what the next move will be.
The story of the movie succeeds in drawing the audience in. It occupies your mind in every scene from the first moment to the last. The fact that the battle scenes are very detailed was a plus for me. The only thing I didn't like was that the story was unfinished despite its long duration. A battle that doesn't end causes your viewing pleasure to be interrupted.
What we understand from this is that the movie will have a sequel, but even if a sequel is considered, Kingdom: Unmei no Hono should not have overshadowed such a successful story. The movie deserved an ending. I also didn't like the additions to the story in the light of new developments that spontaneously emerged after the changing strategies. When these additions are character-based, they stand out more in the story.
Kingdom: Unmei no Hono, I leave it to you to decide whether you like the detailed positioning and showing of a historical and cultural war in a fantasy world. If you like it, watch it, if not, don't watch it.