Juliana and Masato – Synopsis
Juliana lives a simple life with her parents near the beach in Brazil. She helps by working on a local tourist boat, but is mostly content with a carefree life of surf, sun and sand.
One night she fends some bullies away from Masato, an awkward Japanese boy, who claims to be competing in an upcoming and grand MMA Tournament taking place near her town. She soon learns however that his invitation was a mistake, but Masato won’t take no for an answer – he dons a Japanese pro-wrestling mask and challenges an ‘alternate’ fighter on the spot. Masato wins by sheer fluke, winning the hearts of the fans and promoters, and is granted alternate status.
Juliana’s curiosity grows as she discovers that this skinny nerdy boy knows nothing about fighting at all, but professes that a mystical White Light is divinely guiding him. She begins to fall for him, and when a competitor receives a freak training injury, Masato is indeed entered into the first round of the tournament, despite being vastly underweight. Yet as romance blooms, Juliana’s own life begins to crumble. She is fired from her job, and her Dad’s local surf shop is being threatened by a new surfing mega-franchise and debt collectors. Juliana begins to see strange visions, and a local shaman accusing Masato of making a deal with the spirits places a curse on them both. Masato begins to have accidents, and his energy and confidence begin to fade.
The accumulating bad energies lead to a break-up, but Juliana cannot shake the visions. Masato learns he is not the only competitor displaying paranormal powers, and the tournament begins to take on magical proportions. Juliana turns to her Mom for wisdom, and learns the truth of her strange visions, and how they are all part of a much bigger saga that spans over many lifetimes.
Juliana convinces her Dad to wake up to these revelations, confronts the Shaman to lift the curse, and runs to aid Masato in the final fight.