As has been the case for the past two decades, comics and graphic novels serve as the basis for many film and television projects on a yearly basis, but the relentless onslaught sees countless titles fall through the cracks of the net. Until today, it was very true of last year Princess Yakuza.
According to Danilo Beyruth Samurai Shiro, the adaptation should have garnered more interest than it did based entirely on the unexpected collection of moving parts. Creator Beyruth, co-writer and director Vicente Amorim and several other key members of the team hail from Brazil, but Princess Yakuza obviously has a typical Japanese flavor.
Singer Masumi made her film debut in the lead role of Akemi, with Tsuyoshi Ihara, Eijiro Ozaki, Mariko Takai and Toshji Takeshima also appearing in the ensemble, although the second billing of the cast was decidedly Irish Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Shiro.
A Barely Seen 35% Rotten Tomatoes Score Princess Yakuza Neither was it acclaimed, but it nonetheless became one of the best movies on Netflix this week. According to FlixPatrol, it skyrocketed into the Global Top 10 in ninth position, after reaching the top echelons of the viewership charts in 19 countries.
The plot follows an heiress who is set to inherit 50% of the entire titular criminal operation, before encountering a stranger who has lost her memory, one who believes their fates and fates have been intertwined by an ancient sword of legend. Of course, the other half of the underworld operation isn’t sold on their rise to the top table, forcing the wary duo into an uneasy alliance to survive long enough to wipe out the competition.