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Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Jo Yoon Hee (Actor) | Jeon Hye Bin
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Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version)
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Yu Hae Jin (Veteran) and Lee Joon (The Piper) swap lives in the hilarious comedy-drama Luck-Key! Directed by Lee Gae Byok (The Beast and the Beauty), the box office sensation is a remake of the 2012 Japanese comedy Key of Life by acclaimed filmmaker Uchida Kenji. Yu Hae Jin stars as an infamous killer who switches identities with a little-known actor played by Lee Joon after an accident. Jo Yoon Hee (Joseon Magician) and Lim Ji Yeon (The Treacherous) also co-star in the action comedy, and Jeon Hye Bin and Lee Dong Hwi make cameo appearances.

After hitting rock bottom in his career, desperate nameless actor Jae Sung (Lee Joon) plans to end his life by committing suicide. Before killing himself, he goes to a public bath where he meets notorious assassin Hyung Wook (Yu Hae Jin). In the bath, Hyung Wook slips on a bar of soap and passes out. Jae Sung switches their locker keys and starts a new, luxurious life. Suffering from memory loss, Hyung Wook wakes up and thinks that he is Jae Sung. Paramedic Lina (Jo Yoon Hee) lets him work in her mother's small restaurant. Hyung Wook also begins to gain recognition in a gangster-themed TV show thanks to his excellent fighting skills. When he rekindles his lost memory, he discovers that Jae Sung is living in his apartment and has fallen in love with his target Eun Joo (Lim Ji Yeon)!

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Product Title: Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version) Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version) Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version) LUCK−KEY/ラッキー Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Yu Hae Jin (Actor) | Lee Joon (Actor) | Jo Yoon Hee (Actor) | Jeon Hye Bin | Lim Ji Yeon (Actor) | Lee Dong Hwi 劉海鎮 (Actor) | 李準 (Actor) | 趙 胤熙 (Actor) | 全慧彬 | 林智妍 (Actor) | 李東輝 刘海镇 (Actor) | 李准 (Actor) | 赵 胤熙 (Actor) | 全慧彬 | 林智妍 (Actor) | 李东辉 ユ・ヘジン (Actor) | イ・ジュン (Actor) | チョ・ユニ (Actor) | チョン・ヘビン | イム・ジヨン (Actor) | イ・ドンフィ 유해진 (Actor) | 이준 (Actor) | 조윤희 (Actor) | 전혜빈 | 임지연 (Actor) | 이동휘
Director: Lee Gae Byok 李桂碧 李桂碧 イ・ゲビョク 이계벽
Release Date: 2017-10-04
Publisher Product Code: TCED-3669
Place of Origin: South Korea
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1061689228

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
ユ・ヘジン / イ・ジュン / チョ・ユニ / イ・ゲビョク (監督)

製作国 : 韓国 (Korea)



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Professional Review of "Luck-Key (DVD) (Japan Version)"

June 19, 2017

This professional review refers to Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)
Lee Gae-byok, last seen directing the 2005 romantic comedy The Beast and the Beauty, returns with Luck-Key, a Korean remake of Kenji Uchida's 2012 Japanese comedy Key of Life. Revolving around the ever-popular theme of swapping lives, the film stars funny man Yu Hae-jin (Veteran) and Lee Joon (The Piper) in the lead roles, and was a major hit at the domestic box office.

The film opens with Lee Joon as Jae-sung, a failed actor who decides that suicide is the only answer to his many problems. After his attempt at killing himself fails, he goes to a nearby public bath, where his path crosses with that of hired killer Hyung-wook (Yu Hae-jin), who slips on a bar of soap and knocks himself unconscious. Seizing his chance to change his life, Jae-sung switches their locker keys and takes on Hyung-wook's identity, enjoying his wealth and privileges, unaware that he's stepping into the shoes of an assassin until he realises that he's been tasked with killing his beautiful neighbour Eun-joo (Lim Ji-yeon). Meanwhile, suffering from amnesia, Hyung-wook falls in with paramedic Lina (Jo Yoon-hee) and finds success as an actor in a gangster television show, before fate brings him and Jae-sung together again.

Even were it not a remake, Luck-Key is a familiar sounding proposition, the whole life swapping and amnesia plot having been done countless times over the years, in Korean cinema in particular. There's little here that'll surprise most viewers, and Lee Gae-byok doesn’t make much effort to dress things up or add anything original to the formula, being content to let things play out as expected, with Jae-sun and Hyung-wook's fish out of water experiences being largely by the book. There's little in the way of tension or real drama as a result, and the film is predictable right down to its last act, its protagonists never being in any genuine danger. The film's romantic relationships similarly feel entirely standard and as if they've been inserted mainly just to tick a box, and neither convinces or carries any emotional weight.

Thankfully, Lee seems perfectly aware of these failings, and keeps the focus firmly on the film's comedic elements, never taking things too seriously and employing a light-hearted approach, more so than Kenji Uchida took with the original Key of Life. In no small part thanks to very likeable performances from the two leads, the film is frequently very funny, Yu Hae-jin playing things straight to amusing effect and Lee Joon making for a charismatic loser. Mixing slapstick and some sharp one-liners, the film is one of the more entertaining Korean comedies of late, and this goes some way to distract from its lack of originality. A few well-choreographed action sequences and flashes of violence also help, and the film bounces briskly along through its slightly overlong two hour running time.

Although this isn't enough to make Luck-Key terribly memorable, as a commercial popcorn offering it's enjoyable throughout, at least for viewers unconcerned by its familiar feel. Given a definite lift and a dash of star power by leads Yu Hae-jin and Lee Joon, the film makes up for its lack of substance with its winning sense of humour, and while its premise might not sound very promising, it comes as a pleasant and amiable surprise.

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