Key of Life

Directed by Kenji Uchida
Film Movement
128 Minutes
Comedy, Asian, Thriller, Romance
Not Rated
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A case of stolen identity and one determined bride-to-be intersect in this comedic escapade from famed Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida. Struggling actor Sakurai is out of work, out of luck and can’t even succeed at taking his own life. When a mysterious man slips and falls at the bathhouse, Sakurai switches locker keys and identities with the man, who turns out to be a hit man named Kondo. His memory lost in the fall, Kondo begins piecing 'his' life as Sakurai back together with the help of Kanae, a young woman he meets in the hospital, who is determined to find a husband. Meanwhile, Sakurai, posing as Kondo, incurs the wrath of ornery gangsters. As the truth about Kondo and Sakurai comes to light, they must scramble to resolve the chaos of this topsy turvy chain of events.


  • Masato Sakai
  • Teruyuki Kagawa
  • Ryôko Hirosue
DVD Features

Bonus short: Finale, directed by Balazs Simonyi

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Breezy rhythm, witty dialogue and excellent thesping chemistry...a chessboard of ingenious subplots!"
    Maggie Lee, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Intelligent, amusing, and casually touching."
    Kong Rithdee, Cinema Scope
  • Highest Rating
    "Sweet, satisfying and very funny!"

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