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Key of Life
     

Key of Life

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Director: Kenji Uchida

Cast: Masato Sakai, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryoko Hirosue

 
A suicidal actor swaps places with a cold-hearted contract killer suffering from amnesia, leading to big trouble for a wannabe bride in this outrageous farce from Japan. When ruthless hit-man Kondo slips in the locker room and hits his head, luckless actor Takeshi switches keys - and identities - with him. But while Takeshi is living it up as one of Japan's most

Overview

A suicidal actor swaps places with a cold-hearted contract killer suffering from amnesia, leading to big trouble for a wannabe bride in this outrageous farce from Japan. When ruthless hit-man Kondo slips in the locker room and hits his head, luckless actor Takeshi switches keys - and identities - with him. But while Takeshi is living it up as one of Japan's most feared assassins, Kondo falls under the spell of Kanae -- a driven career woman with a wedding date, but no groom to walk her down the aisle. Later, when Kanae jogs Kondo's memory, the stage is set for pure comic mayhem.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2014
UPC:
0616892186564
Original Release:
2012
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
41,902

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus short film: ; Finale; Dir. Balazs Simonyi; Hungary, 8 min.; Two suspiciously well-dressed men have a few drinks in a bar and then ominously head off into the night to finish a mysterious job

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Key of Life
1. Key
2. Hospital
3. Identity
4. Mr. Big
5. Detective
6. Femme Fatale
7. Funeral
8. Snafu
9. Ruse
10. Blood
11. Alarm
12. Credits

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Key of Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Key of Life is from director Kenji Uchida. This Japanese film was an official selection of TIFF and over fifteen others. Kanae (Ryôko Hirosue) is a successful magazine editor. She happily announces at work one day that she is getting married - she just hasn't selected the groom yet....Kondo (Teruyuki Kagawa) is a contract killer who decides he needs to use the public bath after his latest mission - it got a bit messy....Sakurai (Masato Sakai) is a down on his luck actor at the end of his rope - literally. After a failed suicide attempt he too heads for the public baths.... .....where he steals Kondo's identity after the hitman falls and blacks out. When Kondo awakes, he has amnesia. Presented with Sakurai's papers, he assumes the actor's life. And then Kanae's path crosses with both men. Key of Life is a comedy of errors as Sakurai slowly comes to realize that the identity he as stolen may be more than he bargained for. And Kondo, unable to remember his past life, seems quite content to pursue his acting career. Kanae seems to be falling in love with one of the men - but has no idea who he really is. This was a fun movie to watch. There are many comical bits and the mistaken identity twist is played to the max. However there are serious bits to catch too - familial and societal expectations and the pursuit of love. Of the three actors, I enjoyed Hirosue the most. I thought her role was well played - understated yet moving. Kagawa and Sakai essentially played two roles and two characters each. Of the two, I enjoyed Kagawa's performance more. Sakai seemed a little over the top with his exaggerated facial expressions that simply annoyed me by the end. Now, that being said, he was nominated for best actor at the Japanese Academy Awards for this role. And really, this is a Japanese comedy - everything is a little over the top - at times reminding me of a game show. (the ambulance drivers especially) There are some fun twists in Key of Life that were unexpected and kept things interesting. And of course, there was the ending I hoped for. Key of Life was an enjoyable film that was a breath of fresh air and a change from the heavy films I've been watching. 2012 / Japanese with English subtitles / 128 min Film Movement always includes a short on their DVD's. This entry is "Finale" from Hungary. There is no dialogue - instead we are left to puzzle out what these well dressed men are up to - and it's not what you would expect. An excellent little short that paired well with Key of Life.