UZUMASA LIMELIGHT

By Ken OCHIAI

ELEVEN ARTS, INC. - as SALES All rights, World / DISTR Theatrical, DVD-video, VOD, USA / PROD

Action/Adventure - Completed 2014

Your courage will not go unnoticed.

Festivals
& Awards

Fantasia IFF 2014
Official Selection
Shanghai International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection
New York Asian Film Festival 2014
Official Selection / Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Action/Adventure, Drama, Second film
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 103 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ken OCHIAI
    • Writer(s)
    • Hiroyuki ONO
    • Producer(s)
    • Ko MORI (ELEVEN ARTS, INC.), Shohei SANO (ELEVEN ARTS JAPAN), Hiroyuki ONO
    • Synopsis
    • 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. Actors who 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.
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