The film centers an aged movie extra who specializes to be killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight as an underlying theme, ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Ochiai

Writers:

Hiroyuki Ono (screenplay), Hiroyuki Ono
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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Seizô Fukumoto ... Seiichi
Chihiro Yamamoto Chihiro Yamamoto ... Satsuki Iga
Masashi Gôda Masashi Gôda ... Akihiko Kawashima
Hirotarô Honda Hirotarô Honda ... Kenichi Naganuma
Hisako Manda Hisako Manda ... Mitsuru Tamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hana Ebise Hana Ebise
Hidekazu Ichinose Hidekazu Ichinose
Honoka Ishibashi Honoka Ishibashi ... Nao Yamazaki
Chinu Izumi Chinu Izumi
Anna Kawashima Anna Kawashima ... Ayuna
Tôru Kazama Tôru Kazama
Toshihiko Kido Toshihiko Kido
Michihiro Kinoshita Michihiro Kinoshita
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi
Masahiro Kobori Masahiro Kobori
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The film centers an aged movie extra who specializes to be killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight as an underlying theme, the admirable story of Seiichi Kamiyama dealing with a new generation and fading craftsmanship is told with melancholy and soul. Written by Anonymous

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Homage to Charlie Chaplin's Limelight See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Brilliant Film About the Japanese Samurai Filmmaking Tradition
23 March 2015 | by egburleySee all my reviews

Uzumasa Limelight traces the dying Samurai filmmaking tradition of Japan. Akin to American Western movies, in the 50's and 60's Samurai films provided the touchstone for Japanese viewers to the romanticized past of Japan. The film focuses on Kamiyama (played by veteran actor Seizo Fukumoto, known to Western audiences as the silent Samurai guarding Tom Cruze in "The Last Samurai"), a kirareyaku - the actor whose main job is to be killed by the lead star. The story tells with real passion the dying of the tradition, while giving hope as the protagonist hands off the tradition to the next generation through charismatic newcomer Chirhiro Yamamoto, playing Satsuki. Very accessible, and a touching story without sappiness.


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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 July 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Uzumasa Limelight See more »

Filming Locations:

Kyoto, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,090, 7 December 2014

Gross USA:

$19,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,597
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