Aaah, it's been a while since I last watched a Nobu-movie..!
To do that they intertwined the choices in life of a dull girl with no dreams, Mayuko Kuramoto (Haruka Hayase), with one of the most important turning point of Japanese history, the Honnouji Incident.
Honnouji Hotel is a comedy without praise or blame punctuated by bits of emotional reflections. The usage of the time-slip is a bit pretextious and some visual choices were ridiculous (whenever Mayuko ate a konpeito some terrible animation would show the candy "exploding" under her teeth-- as some sort of b-rated commercial!), but the movie was enjoyable and quite fun in many parts, given that you're ok with the typical contrived Japanese acting... Yet, since it's a commedy, it's quite appropriate.
The theme of the movie is to learn to enjoy the little things in life, expecially when they are things that you truly want.
But how to throw Nobunaga into it all..?
His Nobunaga is carismatic but introvert, a man with a dream who never lost his true purpose in life, despite going astray on the way.
The scene where he compiled the letter that alerted Hideyoshi about his death so for him to intervene and unify the country, was his attempt to pacify with the humanity that he lost on the way.
Basides Mayuko and Nobunaga, the other main character is Ranmaru, here played by an unexpected Gaku Hamada:
This Ranmaru is unhappy about his lord, and he voiced his discontent with Mayuko first, but in the end he realizes that Nobunaga is his one and only lord and he would follow him even in death.
That is, if something really bothered me about the characters evolution is how Mayuko at first resented Nobunaga, then she changed her mind and started to care for his business...
The movie features also some quite awesome Mitsuhide, played by Masahiro Takashima:
Of course, the movie is filled with hints and details about Kyoto's hot spots.
One of this, is the konpeito shop Ryokujuan Shimizu, which products cover a huge role in the story:
Other spots were "disguised" in the movie.
It's the case of the Zuishin-in (随心院), which entrance is used to portray Honnouji's:
Also, the Yoshioka restaurant owned by the father of Mayuko's fiancee, Kyoichi, is actually Shōsei-en garden (渉成園), again in the precints of a temple, Higashi Honganji:
I can't end this post without my fetish, the nobori of Nobunaga... They are the wrong ones!