Ranma and the gang are invited to a boating trip with Kuno. Unfortunately, a storm destroys the yacht and everyone is stranded on a remote island. The whole situation goes even more awry when one by one, the girls disappear without a trace. Ranma then finds out that the girls are abducted by Toma, ruler of the island, as part of his personal harem.
(Note: I just copy+pasted this from my review at tv.com)
This movie was absolutely awful.
I enjoy Ranma 1/2, so I was excited to find out there were two movies... When I watched this one I was extremely disappointed. I found it to be quite boring, the plot was weak, and... I dunno, it's hard to describe how bad it was. There were LOADS of two-part episodes throughout the series and OVAs that would have made WAY better movies than this did, so I really don't understand why this made it as a movie and those just passed off as episodes. I wouldn't recommend watching this movie,
even if you're a Ranma 1/2 fan... I had a bias when watching that it would be great but even with that in the end... even before it was half way through... I was disappointed.
Though not *AS* enjoyable to me as the first movie, "Nihao, My Concubine" was definitely worth watching for the more hardcore Ranma 1/2 fan. The shenanigans portrayed by Ranma, Ukiyo, and Shampoo as members of Toma's harem are hilarious and Mousse is given far more screen time than usual, playing a greater role and giving us more of his background.
The story isn't Takahashi Rumiko's best work, but fans of Maison Ikkoku will enjoy hearing the end theme song "A Piece of Love" by Picasso (known for their wonderful ED "Cinema" from the second season).
Overall I'd say it's worth watching at least
once, but for me once every few decades or so has been enough.
This movie is the worst that the Ranma franchise has to offer. The whole movie is just an excuse to show the female characters scantily dressed, and their personalities from the series are completely changed in this movie; whereas Shampoo and Ukyo, for example, were very strong women in the series, in this movie they are transformed into weak characters who are just there to provide fanservice. The plot is pathetic and halfway throught the movie it just turns into the same premise of the last movie. The comedy itself, which was always what I liked the most about the series, is almost non-existent in
this movie. It's just a very bad and boring film, and what bothers me the most is that instead of doing this for an OVA, which wouldn't have been so bad, they decided to make this into a feature film to be exhibited in movie theaters, withouth any effort to create an entertaining story or even just a funny movie.