Uzumasa Limelight (2014)

Director
Ken Ochiai

Main cast
Seizô Fukumoto; Chihiro Yamamoto; Masashi Goda; Hirotaro Honda; Hisako Manda

Genres
Foreign, Drama, Action

Description
A moving, nostalgic portrait of the men behind the golden age of chanbara (sword-fighting dramas and films) that goes behind the scenes of the distinctive film genre for which Japan is most famous, with dominant performance by real-life kirare-yaku Seizo Fukumoto.


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