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.
Story – The 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.
Themes – Yakuza 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.