Key of Life (SIFF 2013)

Fantastically funny Japanese comedy about mistaken identities and learning who you really are. Great character development, wonderful plot progression… a favorite of SIFF 2013!

Provided Film Synopsis
Japan's master of screwball comedy Kenji Uchida returns with this cynical and hilarious tale about Sakurai (Masato Makai), an aging and unemployed actor with nothing left to live for. While visiting a bathhouse to soak and steam away his misery, Sakurai stumbles upon a way to start a new life when Kondo (Teruyuki Kagawa), a mysterious stranger, accidentally knocks himself unconscious and leaves his locker unguarded. Realizing the greatness of this opportunity, Sakurai assumes the stranger's identity and takes over his upscale apartment, only to quickly discover that this man is an assassin with ties to the Yakuza. Meanwhile, Kondo awakens in hospital with a terrible case of amnesia. After checking the ID found on his person, he logically assumes that he is Sakurai, and he sets out to restructure "his" struggling acting career while attempting to recover his memory. Throw in another delectable subplot involving magazine editor Kanae (Ryôko Hirosue), who's set a deadline for finding a husband, and you have the ingredients for a very tasty, very funny comic stew.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Kenji Uchida
  • Cast Members:

    • Masato Sakai
    • Ryôko Hirosue
    • Teruyuki Kagawa
  • Countries:

    • Japan
  • Languages:

    • Japanese
  • Genres:

    • Comedy
    • Romance
    • Romantic Comedy