Sunday, 19 June 2016
Uzumasa Limelight (2014)
Having a real life kirareyaku in the role (Seizô Fukumoto, who's died onscreen over 50,000 times in a very long career) gives the Kamiyama character an authenticity that cinema rarely manages to capture. Likewise, Chihiro Yamamoto, who's starring in her first film, brings the same as a fresh-faced actress who fits into the new, more profitable template.
The sadness in the story is nicely offset by a genuine underlying warmth, a feeling of love for an era that deserves to live on.
3½ prawn bends out of 5