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Fantasia 21 – YAKUZA PRINCESS Movie Review

Yakuza Princess had its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival. I had the chance to watch the film as part of the festival.

The film stars MASUMI, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Tsuyoshi Ihara. Directed by Vicente Amorim, Yakuza Princess is based on the graphic novel “Shiro” by Danilo Beyruth.

I dream of going to Japan one day. Of course I wouldn’t hunt down any Yakuza, but I want to visit the region to explore the food and cultural experiences.

I’m a fan of the martial arts and enjoy the lore of the samurai. This is what made me want to watch this film when I first heard about it. 

MASUMI is simply amazing. This Japanese singer has a wonderful on screen presence. Her fight sequences are almost majestic. I love the way she held her sword, attacking with such ferocity.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Rhys Meyers. Yakuza Princess changed my mind. I love the vicious way he fights. His character has a small glimmer of humanity in his eyes. It’s a cool feeling getting to see that in action thrillers.

Yakuza Princess is a must-watch for fans of the martial arts, great characters, intense action, and more.

Magnet Releasing will release YAKUZAPRINCESS everywhere September 3rd, 2021.


Set in the expansive Japanese community of Sao Paulo in Brazil — the largest Japanese diaspora in the world — YAKUZA PRINCESS follows Akemi (MASUMI), an orphan who discovers she is the heiress to half of the Yakuza crime syndicate. Forging an uneasy alliance with an amnesiac stranger (Rhys Meyers) who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates, Akemi must unleash war against the other half of the syndicate who wants her dead


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