Third Window films are bringing Ken Ochiai’s award winning ‘Uzumasa Limelight‘ to UK cinemas in early February as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. (Watch The Official Trailer)

The film walked away with two awards at the Fantasia Film Festival (Best Actor and Best Film) , and also an Audience Award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

The film stars Seizo Fukumoto – The actor who is said to have died 50,000 times! (known to Western audiences as the silent Samurai guarding Tom Cruise in “The Last Samurai“) and introducing  Chihiro Yamamoto



When / Where can you see it

Uzumasa Limelight will play in 9 UK cities from early February to late March as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Starting at ICA Cinema, London from February 9th 2016 and the onto the following locations

  • Watershed Bristol
  • Showroom Cinema Sheffield
  • Filmhouse Edinburgh
  • QUAD Derby
  • MAC Birmingham
  • DCA Dundee
  • Phoenix Leicester
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre Aberystwyth

Please check with the listed locations for finalised showtimes and dates.

Official Film Synopsis

(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. They 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.