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[Review] The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure

We’re back with a new film review, this time we’re taking a closer look at ‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure’. If you like action comedies, then definitely keep on reading. 

The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure

This film is a ‘spiritual’ continuation of the 2014 movie ‘Pirate’. Though you can perfectly watch this one without having seen ‘Pirate’. The storylines don’t really tie together, but it might be fun to spot little easter eggs. 

The movie was directed by Kim Jung-Hoon and written by Chun Sung-Il who also wrote the Netflix hit series ‘All Of Us Are Dead’. 

‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure’ was released in theaters in January after quite a bit of delay due to COVID and the rainy season. The movie was a box office hit and was soon picked up by Netflix where you can watch it right now. 

The story follows a group of bandits lead by Woo Moo-chi (Kang Ha-neul) and a group of pirates lead by Hae-rang (Han Hyo-joo) as they chase treasure. 

We get to meet some wacky characters along the way like Lee Kwang-Soo’s Mak-yi who somehow always ends up in the most absurd situations, like a slap fight between him and a penguin. I’m not even joking, that’s one of the weirdest sentences I’ve ever written. 


The story itself is pretty straight forward as far as pirate films go. They have a treasure map, they follow it, there are other people also after the treasure, hence conflict. 

However it’s a really fun ride along the way. The slapstick humour was funny and well timed. The romance was expected, but still very cute. All of the characters are quirky and hilarious. 

I do wish they had developed a few characters a bit more. For example, EXO’s Sehun is there – with a very Hawkeye inspired character but we hardly see him or understand his character. There’s also Chae Soo-Bin’s character who seems to be there for hardly any reason. The film does pass the Bechdel test, surprisingly because of it.

‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure’ is a fun and wacky ride. The CGI is quite impressive and it’s good for a lot of laughs. 

Go ahead and watch the trailer below.

Ilse Van Den Heede
A writer with a slight coffee addiction and a tendency to find K-Indie gems in the YouTube rabbit hole.