GFF 2015: Uzumasa Limelight (Ken Ochiai, 2014)

February 20, 2015


Uzumasa Limelight is a heartfelt tribute to the samurai-saturated chanbara films of Japanese cinema, particularly the largely unsung, intensely physical pros often found in extra roles, exiting as quickly as they entered at a swish of the star’s sword.

Much like westerns in Hollywood, the genre is fading despite high-profile blips like 13 Assassins, and Uzumasa Limelight explores the plight of an elder lifelong kirare-yaku (“sliced actor”) performer when work for his skill-set dries up at the local studio. Coinciding with his professional and physical decline is the rise of a new recruit on the lot (Yamamoto), whom he bonds with as she becomes a star…

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