Uzumasa Limelight


Uzumasa Limelight (2014)



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Uzumasa (Kyoto) is considered the Hollywood of Japan. It has produced many "jidaigeki" films (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 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 "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.

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Critic Reviews for Uzumasa Limelight

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Directing with an old-fashioned tenderness toward his unassuming star, Ken Ochiai conjures a swan song to a waning art form and those who practice it.

Dec 4, 2014 | Full Review…

A cri de coeur on the samurai flicks of a bygone era, "Uzumasa Limelight" unfolds understatedly and movingly like something from Clint Eastwood at the top of his game.

Dec 4, 2014 | Full Review…

None of this goes down with any real verve, though Kamiyama's wrinkled face is a small marvel of expressivity.

Dec 3, 2014 | Full Review…

Alas, maybe Uzumasa is now too similar to Hollywood and as a result, Ochiai can't help but fall into the Hollywood formulas, predictable outcomes, and narrow emotional breadth.

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The film struggles to flesh out its running time, but such is its sincerity in honouring Fukumotos profession that witnessing him perform his samurai sword skills is genuinely touching.

Jan 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fukumoto would be a far worthier choice than most of the recognized best-actor contenders. One of the best films of the year, very highly recommended for all movie lovers.

Jun 11, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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