Seiichi works at Nichiei Studios in Uzumasa, Kyoto, Japan. He only plays characters who get slashed by the sword. Due to the popularity of other types of dramas, his workload has been steadily declining. Seiichi then meets a young girl, Satsuki. She is a fan of his work and wants to learn from him. Thanks to Seiichi's instructions, Satsuki becomes a star in Tokyo. She is cast as the lead female character in a big budget historical film. She hopes to work with Seiichi who is already retired.
Uzumasa Limelight is a heartfelt story where we meet an aging actor who specializes in being killed on screen, finds himself becoming obsolete when young new actors are becoming the next big thing in samurai movies. The idea feels original and entertaining, and not at all without its fair share of melancholy.