Yakuza Princess review: Every Sword Has A Story

Yakuza Princess takes Yakuza and katana action to the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

YAKUZA PRINCESS follows Akemi (MASUMI), an orphan from Japan now living in Brazil who receives the shocking news that she is the heir to a yakuza family. But this news also brings great danger as a rival yakuza gang are now hunting for her and want her dead.

Now Akemi must claim her heir to the yakuza throne, but first, she needs to learn how to fight and kill and use an ancient and cursed katana sword called The Muramasa- a sword that people will die to get their hands on.

She teams up with a battered and bruised Irish man suffering from amnesia played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He needs to find out who he is, she needs to kill her enemies. They make a great team.

Photo Courtesy of Magnet Releasing

This was an excellent movie. Yakuza Princess is beautifully shot and directed with mesmerising lighting, choreography, and cinematography.

Taking the yakuza action out of Japan to the streets of Sao Paulo really sets this apart from the rest. But in saying that, you can still feel cinematic influences in each scene. Chaotic violence, blood spatter with katana action. Even the sound fx and foley really make you think you’re watching a Takeshi Kitano movie.

Now, as you all know, I am Irish. I have to admit, I was a little worried seeing Rhys Meyers in this sort of role. I couldn’t help but think: ok, I am watching a yakuza movie, set in Brazil and starring an Irish dude. The more I thought about it, the weirder I thought it sounded. Well, I wanna congratulate Mr Meyers for such an awesome role. I have never seen this guy in an action movie but to say the dude can hold his own is an understatement. He kicked serious ass and I hope we get to see him take on more similar roles.

A film by Vicente Amorim, Yakuza Princess is based on a graphic novel by Brazilian author DANILO BEYROUTH


  • Akemi – Masumi
  • Shirô – Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • Takeshi – Tsuyoshi Ihara
  • Kojiro – Eijiro Ozaki
  • Taxista – Kenny Leu
  • Chiba – Toshiji Takeshima
  • Senhora Tsugahara – Mariko Takai
  • Wallace – Nicholas Trevijano
  • Tulio – Iuri Saraiva
  • César – Ricardo Gelli
  • Samara – Nduduzo Siba
  • Armond – Charles Paraventi
  • Doutor – André Ramiro
  • Toshiro – Toshi Tanaka

Yakuza Princess will be available everywhere on September 3rd released from Magnet Releasing. Check it out and prepare for some katana bloodshed.

As always, thanks for reading.

Review by GG  

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