Director Vicente Amorim is continuing onward nowadays with his latest female empowerment venture, Yakuza Princess. The Brazilian director is lending his craft to the versatile talents of newcomer, Masumi, following the film’s announcement last summer.
In Yakuza Princess, Masumi plays an orphan raised in São Paulo only to learn about her true origins when her late yakuza boss father’s bodyguards track her down. Danilo Beyruth, who provided concept art for Amorim’s previous Toronto International Film Festival outing, Motorrad, authors the original comic book on which the film is based.
Masumi stars from a script by Amorim, re-teaming him with Fernando Toste and Motorrad producer L.G. Tubaldini Jr. who co-writes; Tubaldini Jr. also produces with André Skaf for Filmland International. Further casting details are under wraps.
Amorim is recipient to a number of nominations and wins on projects like 2003 Brazilian drama, The Middle Of The World and Viggo Mortensen-led 2008 WWII drama, Good. He is currently joined with series creator José Júnior behind the latest premiere of Globoplay original crime drama, A Divisão, which is also brewing a feature film follow-up.
Originally from Shibuya, Tokyo, Masumi has spent the better part of the last five years or so climbing the ladder as a professional singer and songwriter. Between touring with her band and frequenting herself with music industry majors, the L.A. resident and Los Angeles Music Academy graduate also saw the release of her latest milestone single, “Run Baby, Run”, which I am told will also be featured in the official soundtrack for Yakuza Princess.
Masumi is repped by Andrew Ooi of Echelon Talent Management, and by Sara Schedeen at BRS/Gage.