Legendary criminal. Cabaret star. Passionate lover. Killer.
Born to slaves in the arid wasteland of Northern Brazil and sold by his mother at the age of seven, João Francisco pursued his freedom on the mean streets of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. Jet-black, six feet tall, with solid muscle bursting through a silk shirt and tight pants - a cut throat razor in his back pocket. From a run-down boarding house in the heart of Lapa he shares his world with Laurita prostitute and 'wife'; Firmina, Laurita’s daughter; and Taboo, accomplice in petty crimes and “slave". The patriarch of this selected “family”, João Francisco is well acquainted with the local underworld: he is on good terms with Amador, owner of the Blue Danube bar, where prostitution, drugs and police corruption run wild.... More »