Yakuza Princess (2021) Movie Review ‘Blood Soaked Actioner’

Yakuza Princess – Blood Soaked Actioner

 

Director: Vicente Amorim

Writer: Vicente Amorim, Kimi Lee, Tubaldini Shelling, Fernando Toste (Screenplay) Danilo Beyruth (Novel)

Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Masumi, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kenny Leu, Eijiro Ozaki, Mariko Takai

Plot: The heiress to half of the Yakuza crime syndicate forges an uneasy alliance with an amnesiac stranger who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates. She must unleash war against the other half of the syndicate who wants her dead.


Tagline – Every sword has a story

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Yakuza Princess starts when a man (Meyers) wakes up injured in a hospital bed, unaware of how he ended up there, escaping to look for answers. Akemi (MASUMI) on the other hand is trying to live a normal life in Japan, despite being trained in self-defence, she finds herself being targeted by hitman from the Yakuza.

When the two meet, the man believes an ancient samurai sword connects the two, as Akemi learns she is an heiress to half of the Yakuza syndicate, with the other side, looking to eliminate her to take full control.

Thoughts on Yakuza Princess

Characters & Performances – Akemi has lived in Japan her whole life, where she has found her place in the city, training in self-defence, making her a deadly fighter. She finds herself drawn into a conflict when she learns about her estranged father’s role in the Yakuza, making her a target for her new inherited role, with her needing to know who to trust in the criminal underworld. MASUMI is wonderful in this leading role, be it the everyday young woman in Japan, or the total badass in conflict. The man with no memory wakes injured in a hospital bed, wanting to get out, finding himself needing to answer questions before he goes in search of answers as to what he is here. He is just as deadly as Akemi, learning about who true identity as the movie unfolds. Jonathan Rhys Meyers does well with his part, keeping the mystery about his character contained well. In the supporting cast we get the mysterious figure who is hunting down Akemi, killing anyone who gets in his way, along with the Yakuza leader sending countless enemies after them.

StoryThe story follows two people that find themselves on a collision cause when one of them inherits the half the leadership of the Yakuza syndicate, when the other half is looking to take complete control. This is a story that will give the two people their own different paths to follow, both with have a mystery about how they reached the position they are in, both crossing to learn more. With the story coming from a graphic novel, we know we are going to get plenty of twists along the way, which won’t disappoint, even if some are more for shock value, rather than feeling like the natural development for the characters involved.

ThemesYakuza Princess is an action movie that will not hold back on the violent samurai sword swinging action, with the brutal gunshots flying around. Each location is used for a different style of fights, using the environment as a weapon along the way.

Signature Entertainment presents Yakuza Princess on Digital Platforms 13th September

Final Thoughts Yakuza Princess is a brutal action film that is just waiting to be unleashed upon the world.

ABC Film Challenge – 90’s Movies – D – Doctor Dolittle (1998) Movie Review

Director: Betty Thomas

Writer: Nat Mauldin, Larry Levin (Screenplay) Hugh Lofting (Story)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis, Oliver Platt, Peter Boyle, Richard Schiff, Kristen Wilson, Jeffrey Tambor

Plot: A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Doctor Dolittle starts when Doctor John Dolittle (Murphy) is preparing for his biggest business deal with his doctors surgery with this partners, Dr Weller (Platt) and Dr Reiss (Schiff). With the deal pulling him away from his family, Lisa (Wilson), Charissa (Symone) and Maya (Pratt), John gets involved in a car accident avoiding a dog.

This accident will change his life, leading to John learning or remembering he can communicate with animals, leading to him getting caught up in helping the animals in need, with him being the only one that can help solve their problems, while maintain his is not going insane.

Thoughts on Doctor Dolittle

Characters & Performances – Dr John Dolittle is a well-respect doctor who is seeing his practise looking to bought out with his partners, he has the picture perfect family, with everything together in life. When he is involved in an accident, he starts to be able to communicate with animals, helping them out medically, while trying to prove to everyone that he isn’t losing his mind. Eddie Murphy is great in this role, he handles to comedy with ease through the film, while bringing a more sensible side to everything he is going through. Dr Weller and Dr Reiss are the partners that are preparing for the takeover, Weller is all about the money, while Reiss is more cautions about losing the personal approach to treating people. Both Oliver Platt and Richard Schiff both make us believe the two characters care about two different things. We get to meet the family that fill in the stable side of John’s life. The animals add a lot to the film with Lucky the dog being the friend that John needs, with many of the others getting laughs along the way.

StoryThe story here follows a successful doctor that finds his stable life turned on itself head when he starts being able to communicate with animals, putting a takeover, his family and the life he knows at risk for doing the right thing. This is of course the remake, that brings Eddie Murphy into the central characters, bringing his comedy to the story, which is mostly reactional to each different animal that visits him. The idea that we are seeing him battle with himself to prove he isn’t losing his mind works very well for the story, giving us plenty of comedy along the way, showing us the risk reward for doing the right things.

ThemesDoctor Dolittle is a family comedy that will get laughs along the way from the different reactions that Murphy brings to meeting each animal and will give us a big heart with how John connects more with his daughter for the first time in a long time. We get the san Francisco backdrop, which will give us the hectic life that John is current living too.

 

Doctor Dolittle is a fun family comedy that will get laughs along the way with a story with a nice heart.