Yakuza Princess
Yakuza Princess (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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 3, 2021
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2021
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually stylish but a narrative non-starter, Yakuza Princess serves as an unhappy reminder that action is rarely a substitute for an interesting story.

Jana Monji

There's not much to recommend about this film outside of bringing attention to the sizable ethnic Japanese population in Brazil.

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

It's an irresistible guilty pleasure.

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Carla Hay
Culture Mix

Japanese women rarely get to star in an action flick, so it's a shame that Yakuza Princess is such mindless junk that isn't even a worthy showcase for the female protagonist. The men in this incoherent movie actually get most of the screen time.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

But while there are sudden bursts of violence throughout, Amorim paces things so sluggishly it ends up being up to the performances to maintain the viewer's interest.

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Simon Abrams

There's a lot of walking and talking, but Yakuza Princess never really moves fast enough, not even during its action scenes.

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Chris Sawin
Reel Rundown

If there was any sort of fight choreography, it is utterly annihilated by the film's poor editing. A cool concept and a strong supporting actor aren't enough to make a sloppy and amateurish action film with very few thrills worthwhile.

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Mike McCahill

Like street-cart fusion cuisine, this film will fill a hole, if you have a particular hankering.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

There's no real momentum or pacing to Yakuza Princess, merely a shaggy assemblage of scenes jumping between characters and continents with little distinction between meat and filler.

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Deirdre Crimmins
C-Ville (VA)

In trying to be too many things, Yakuza Princess never fully develops the emotional world of its characters, yet it expects the audience to care about their family history.

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