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Key of Life (2012)

Kagi-dorobô no mesoddo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 15 September 2012 (Japan)
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A failed actor switches identities with a stranger at a bath house thinking it is his way out of his life of misery but only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin.

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Kenji Uchida

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Kenji Uchida (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Masato Sakai Masato Sakai ... Takeshi Sakurai
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Kondo
Ryôko Hirosue ... Kanae Mizushima
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
Yuina Arakawa Yuina Arakawa
Daisuke Hibi Daisuke Hibi
Miwako Kakei Miwako Kakei
Yôko Moriguchi
Sayuri Oyamada ... Shoko Mizushima
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A failed and depressed actor meets a stranger with a wad of cash at a bath house when the strange slips and become unresponsive the actor quickly switches identities with the stranger. The strange lives the actor's life by trying to bring order and structure for positive change and remembering his past. The actor frivolously spends the stranger's money only to later know the stranger was an elite assassin. Both of them carry out their assumed life and gets into troubles.

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Sometime Comedy Doesn't Translate Well
5 July 2014 | by TheFilmGuy1See all my reviews

This is a quite interesting, unique and weird film. I guess that's to be expected from a Japanese film. It's about a guy who's a depressed actor who ends up stealing the identity of an assassin who get's amnesia when he slips on a bar of soap and hits his head. Yeah, weird, I know. It's also a comedy/drama movie, and that's where my problems lie.

I have no issue with comedy/drama films, but I tend to find that sometimes, comedy just doesn't translate well. Sometimes things that are funny in other countries just aren't funny in your own country. Also, sometimes things are funnier when you hear them said by the actor as opposed to reading the subtitles. This is kind of what happened to me with this. I found a lot of it to not be that funny. It had some really great moments of slapstick, but that's more towards the end of the film when the two protagonists come together. The comedy just didn't translate as well as I would have liked it to, and since comedy is a big part of the film, that's an issue. The drama does work when it needs to, which is a plus.

Some people might be turned off by the general weirdness of the film. While it isn't as odd as a lot of Japanese films can be, it is different for sure, and won't be everyone's cup of tea. I was able to appreciate that creativeness and it helped me enjoy it. However, I wish the jokes had worked better for me. I think if they had, I would have loved this movie, but in the end I just kinda enjoyed it, and that's it.


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