Friday, January 28, 2022

Yakuza Princess

Yakuza Princess is as dumb, although sadly not nearly as bonkers, as its title suggests. The straight-faced Brazilian martial arts film is a joyless experience that struggles with a heavy dramatic tone that simply doesn't fit the B-Movie plot of a Yakuza leader's daughter (MASUMI) and an amnesiac assassin (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) coming together to find their destiny.

The tone is completely wrong for a film that struggles to entertain for more than a few minutes at a time over its near two-hour running time. While there is some action to be had, it's few and far between and nothing compared to the Japanese films Yakuza Princess hopes to emulate. Instead we're left with a dour drama about destiny as not one but two characters previously oblivious to their connection to the Yakuza discover their path in the world as they get caught up in a war within the syndicate. 

Watch the trailer
  • Title: Yakuza Princess
  • IMDb: link

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