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Key of Life (DVD) (Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Key of Life (DVD) (Japan Version)
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With A Stranger of Mine and After School, writer-director Uchida Kenji has impressed audiences with his clever narrative structures and sly sense of humor. The critically acclaimed filmmaker steps up his game once again with his fourth feature film Key of Life, a smart twist on a familiar formula. Kagawa Teruyuki (Kaiji) and Sakai Masato (Golden Slumber) co-star as a professional killer and a failed actor who switch identities when the killer loses his memory in a soap-related accident. Filled with unexpected twists and turns along the way, Uchida's hilarious award-winning film (Japan Academy Prize, Shanghai Film Festival) about identity and ambition offers plenty of comedy, suspense and even a little bit of romance.

Aspiring actor Sakurai (Sakai Masato) is broke, single and so miserable that he plans to end his life by committing suicide. Before he carries out his plan, he decides to head for the local public bath. Also taking a detour to the bath is professional hitman Kondo (Kagawa Teruyuki), who is looking to clean off a tiny stain from his previous hit. In the bath, Kondo slips on a bar of soap and his head hits the ground. The key to Kondo's locker slides over to Sakurai, who switches the keys on a whim. Suffering from memory loss, Kondo wakes up and thinks that he's Sakurai, beginning a new life as a method actor. He also begins to strike up a friendship with magazine editor Kanae (Hirosue Ryoko), who is desperately looking for a candidate for marriage. Meanwhile, the real Sakurai indulges in Kondo's luxury lifestyle, but he also inherits Kondo's troubles when yakuza members show up.

This edition includes audio commentary, making of, director & cast interview, stage events and trailers. Initial press comes in a slip case, only available while supplies last.

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Product Title: Key of Life (DVD) (Japan Version) Key of Life (DVD) (日本版) Key of Life (DVD) (日本版) 鍵泥棒のメソッド Key of Life (DVD) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Kagi Dorobo no Method Kagi Dorobo no Method Kagi Dorobo no Method Kagi Dorobo no Method Kagi Dorobo no Method
Artist Name(s): Sakai Masato | Hirosue Ryoko | Kagawa Teruyuki | Kenji Uchida 堺雅人 | 廣末涼子 | 香川照之 | 內田賢治 堺雅人 | 广末凉子 | 香川照之 | 内田贤治 堺雅人 | 広末涼子 | 香川照之 | 内田けんじ Sakai Masato | Hirosue Ryoko | Kagawa Teruyuki | Kenji Uchida
Release Date: 2013-05-10
Publisher Product Code: ZMBJ-8556
Language: Japanese
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.: 1032429204

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
堺雅人 / 香川照之 / 広末涼子 / 内田けんじ (監督、脚本)



製作国 : 日本 (Japan)
公開年 : 2012



報知映画賞作品賞 ()
キネマ旬報ベスト・テン日本映画脚本賞 ()
キネマ旬報ベスト・テン読者選出作品賞 ()
キネマ旬報ベスト・テン読者選出監督賞 ()
日刊スポーツ映画大賞監督賞 ()
上海国際映画祭最優秀脚本賞 ()
ヨコハマ映画祭脚本賞 ()
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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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December 20, 2014

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Let's see more from Uchida Kenji! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Heartbroken failed actor Sakurai (Sakai Masato) fails in his attempt to hang himself, then seeks solace at the local public bath. Meticulous hitman Kondo (Kagawa Teruyuki) spots a tiny speck of blood on his wrist after his latest hit and heads to the same bath. Upon his arrival, Kondo slips on soap and lands in a hospital bed suffering from amnesia. Sakurai siezes the opportunity to switch identities with the well-heeled hitman. Kondo, now believing he is a penniless actor, leaves the hospital only to encounter detail-obsessed magazine editor Kanae (Hirosue Ryoko), who has placed herself on a very tight schedule to meet and marry a husband and believes that the unfortunate amnesiac may provide the raw material for a husband she could grow to love.

With the laugh-filled exposition of this outlandish premise, writer/director Uchida Kenji's brilliant "Key of Life" is off and running. Uchida richly deserved the Japan Academy Prize he received for the film's ingenious script, which seamlessly essays comedy, gangland intrigue, action, and romance. All three lead actors deliver fine straight-faced comic performances and the supporting cast is equally sharp. Fans of the cockeyed comedies of Mitani Koki should embrace the nearly flawless "Key of Life".

(Note: I watched an English-subtitled version of this film released in the US by Film Movement.)
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