MASUMI Transitions From Singer To Martial Arts in Debut with Yakuza Princess [Exclusive Interview]

Yakuza Princess starring MASUMI

Yakuza Princess starring MASUMI

For this weekend, there are plenty of martial arts and kung fu action in the theaters. Based on the graphic novel called Shiro and starring MASUMI, Yakuza Princess follows a katana-wielding woman hellbent on protecting herself from a crime gang.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the expansive Japanese community of Sao Paulo in Brazil—the largest 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 who believes an ancient sword binds their two fates, Akemi must unleash a war against the other half of the syndicate who wants her dead.

The film also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Tsuyoshi Ihara. Vincente Amorim directed the film from the adapted screenplay written by Fernando Toste and Kimi Howl Lee. It is based on the graphic novel Shiro by Danilo Beyruth.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with singer-now-turned-actress MASUMI on her feature lead actress film debut in Yakuza Princess. We talked about the graphic novel, action, and her training with preparation for the role.

MASUMI is a singer and songwriter, who has performed internationally in Sweden, New York, Italy, and Tokyo. As a child of both Japan and the United States, she moved between Tokyo, New York, Washington, D.C., and Dallas, where she started her singing career. She enrolled in the Los Angeles Angeles College of Music. Yakuza Princess is her first feature film and her first protagonist role as she started her acting career in 2019.

Yakuza Princess releases everywhere today on September 3rd through Magnet Releasing.

Watch the exclusive interview with MASUMI below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Magnet Releasing

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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