Uzumasa Limelight

Year: 2014Certificate: 15

Ken Ochiai
Seizô Fukumoto, Chihiro Yamamoto, Masashi Goda
Running Time:
103 mins
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Action / adventure, Drama, Film

Uzumasa (Kyoto) is considered the Hollywood of Japan.

It has produced many “jidaigeki” films (period dramas with sword fighting) that are loved by many Japanese, and are highly praised all over the world. These films wouldn’t be what they were if it weren’t for the “kirareyaku” (actors whose main job is to be killed by the lead star). Men who are killed, without ever being lit by the limelight…

This story is about those men, the unsung heroes of classic jidaigeki films. They loved and respected the art, even when the production of classic jidaigeki films began to dwindle. Using Charlie Chaplin’s film “Limelight” as an underlying theme, the admirable story of these men dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul.

Available to screen from 25 April 2016

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