JFLA provides high quality Japanese film screening every second and fourth Wednesday, 7:00pm at JFLA Auditorium (5700 Wilshire Blvd, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Free to attend. Reservation is not required.
Street Parking is available.
Loving Tribute to Unsung Hero: Kirareyaku
Uzumasa Limelight (太秦ライムライト) (104mins, 2014)
Directed by Ken Ochiai
©2014 ELEVEN ARTS
A drama that evokes the pathos of an actor who specializes in the waning samurai film genre, set at the Uzumasa film studio in Kyoto.Fukumoto Seiji, Japan's top "kirareyaku" (whose job it is to be felled with a sword by a film's star) with appearances in numerous samurai movies, plays a utility actor reminiscent of himself in his first starring role in a film.
Fewer samurai films are being made, and the Uzumasa studio has fallen on hard times. One day, veteran kirareyaku actor Kamiyama (Fukumoto) is tasked with teaching sword action techniques to fledgling actress Satsuki (Yamamoto Chihiro). A few years later, the now-retired Kamiyama is visited by Satsuki, who has become a popular star.
*In Japanese with English subtitles