Date
24 November 2017
Seizo Fukumoto (center) thought of declining the best actor award. Photo: Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Seizo Fukumoto (center) thought of declining the best actor award. Photo: Toei Kyoto Studio Park

Actor who specializes in getting killed humbled by film award

A veteran Japanese thespian specializing in playing the samurai villain who gets killed in period movies has been named the best actor at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

Seizo Fukumoto, 71, won the award for his role in Uzumasa Limelight, a quasi-autobiographical movie in which he plays an aging samurai stuntman.

Fukumoto became the first Japanese and the oldest actor to win the best actor award at the film festival, while Uzumasa Limelight won the Cheval Noir prize for best film.

“I think there has been a mistake,” Fukumoto said in a comment released after the triumph.

A spokesman at Toei Studios Kyoto, where a part of the film was shot, said Fukumoto was so humbled when he heard the news that he thought of declining the award.

Industry lore holds that Fukumoto has been killed 50,000 times on screen during his career, although he has said the actual number was smaller.

Japanese comedienne Miyuki Oshima was named the best actress for her role in the movie Fuku-chan of Fuku-fuku Flats.

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