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Movie Info

An aging bit-player (Seizo Fukumoto) in Japanese samurai films trains a young woman (Chihiro Yamamoto) the art of fighting on-screen.

Cast & Crew

Seizo Fukumoto
Seiichi Kamiyama
Masashi Gouda
Akihiko Kawashima
Hiroki Matsukata
Seijyurou Onoe
Hiroyuki Ono
Screenwriter
Ko Mori
Producer
Shôhei Sano
Producer
Chris Freilich
Cinematographer
Nobuko Toda
Original Music
Chieko Suzaki
Film Editor
Satoshi Mashida
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Critic Reviews for Uzumasa Limelight

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

  • The final moments of this film are perhaps a little predictable. But it's also a heartfelt tribute, both to Chaplin and to the samurai movie tradition.

    February 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 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.

    December 4, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's Fukumoto's wonderfully weathered countenance that makes Ochiai's film such an elegiac delight. On it, you can see the entire history of samurai cinema, or at least that essential part of it that died often, and beautifully so.

    December 4, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Uzumasa Limelight is a great film about films, which, although takes the side of the veterans, ends up depicting hope for both them and the Japanese cinema in general

    July 26, 2020 | 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.

    June 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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