Netflix’s new documentary series tells the story of the crime that shocked Brazil
One woman killed and dismembered her husband, who was the heir to a huge company. The production consists of four episodes.
Elize Matsunaga gives the first interview in this series.
Netflix continues to rely on documentary series that cover real-life crimes. The latest is called “Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon a Time” and tells the story of this Brazilian woman who in 2012 killed and dismembered her husband in four episodes. It is now available on the streaming platform.
Her husband, Marcos Kitano Matsunaga, was the heir to Yoki, a giant food company founded by a Japanese immigrant in the 1960s. However, this murder was utterly passionate.
Before she became Marcos Matsunaga’s wife, Elize was a prostitute. In this way he got to know Marcos, who was his customer – even though he was married. Marcos eventually left his wife to marry Elize, but he retained the same method of infidelity. During his marriage to Elize, he hired prostitutes.
Exactly after an argument about it at home, Elize shot and killed Marcos. Then he cut up his body and distributed it in paper bags, which he put in various places on a street about 20 miles from their home in São Paulo.
Elize Matsunaga was quick to admit the crime and was sentenced to just over 19 years in prison – where she stays. In addition to telling the story and several testimonies, whether from experts or family members, this documentary series includes Elize Matsunaga’s first interview.
The production of Eliza Capai has even been criticized by the Brazilian press, which claims that the series relies too much on the assassin’s perspective and tries to humanize her a little over the top – taking into account the crime she committed.
There are even those who say that she is almost portrayed as a victim. There is talk of the toxic relationship between them, the abusive youth he went through and their husband’s betrayal.
“I still can’t explain what kind of emotion it was that made me pull that trigger,” says Elize Matsunaga in the documentary. “I respect people’s opinions. I know that there are people who understand what happened and there are people who loathe me, who judge me. And that’s fine. It’s your opinion. “
Did her husband’s wrongdoing justify the murder? Was it a premeditated crime? Can the dismemberment of the corpse be considered a cruelty and should it have increased the punishment? These are some of the topics discussed in the documentation series.
In a statement, director Eliza Capai said she felt a “great moral responsibility” while leading this project. “Not only for Marcos’ friends and family who suffered from this tragedy, but also for Elize’s family, people who did not know about it, but suffer from the consequences of what happened every day.”
The series also explores motherhood. The couple had a young daughter when it all happened. “I don’t know what the future will bring. I don’t know if I’ll ever see her again. Hopefully. I ask God for that. I ask Our Lady, who is also mother. I want to tell my daughter that there is not a day in my life that I do not feel guilty for what I have done. I ask you to win this. If you can’t forgive me, that’s fine. I will respect them, ”says Elize in production.
They also accompany Elize’s temporary release and film her reunion with her grandmother seven years after her prison sentence. “I was so scared that I wouldn’t see you again. I’ve prayed all these years that I could meet her again in my life. “
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