KEY OF LIFE

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Directed by: Kenji Uchida 2012 | 128 min.

Section: Halekulani Golden Orchid Award: Narrative Feature Nominees

Premiere: United States

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Comedy, Drama


Synopsis

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Unemployed Sakurai aspired to become an actor, but failed miserably. He decides to kill himself, but first he goes to purify himself at a public bathhouse. While at the bathhouse, he meets the prosperous Kondo who suffers a fall, which brings on amnesia. On a whim, Sakurai switches locker keys, steals the man’s belongings and decides to pass himself off as the wealthy Kondo. However, Sakurai does not know that Kondo runs an illegal business that brings him into contact with some angry yakuza gangsters.

Meanwhile, Kondo has been convinced that he is actually the failed actor and he faces the dismal reality of that life with increasing bewilderment. Fortunately, at the hospital, he meets the lovely Kanae who, while yearning for marriage, goes out of her way to help “Sakurai” pull himself together. Finally the real Kondo comes to his senses, but before he can make a new life with Kanae, he has to solve the many problems caused by the man who assumed his identity.

Screenings

Saturday, October 13 4:45 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Wednesday, October 17 5:00 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Friday, October 19 5:45 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Kenji Uchida
Screenwriter Kenji Uchida
Producer Makoto Fujimoto, Yoji Ohnishi , Kazutoshi Wadakura
Cast Masato Sakai, Ryoko Hirosue, Teruyuki Kagawa
Cinematographer Akira Sakou

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