Some Violence

Key of Life | 鍵泥棒のメソッド J-Film


Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, DC

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 (Masato Sakai) 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 (Teruyuki Kagawa). His memory lost in the fall, Kondo begins piecing 'his' life as Sakurai back together with the help of Kanae (Ryoko Hirosue), 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.

Winner of: Best Screenplay (Japanese Academy Awards, 2013; Kinema Junpo Award, 2013; Shanghai International Film Festival, 2012), Best Narrative Feature (Golden Orchid - Hawaii International Film Festival 2012), Best Supporting Actress (Blue Ribbon Awards, 2012). Nominated for: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress (Japan Academy Awards, 2013). Official selection at Toronto International Film Festival, Asian Film Festival of Dallas, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and many others.

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