Key of Life (Kagi-dorobô no mesoddo) (2012)





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A suicidal actor swaps places with a cold-hearted contract killer suffering from amnesia, leading to big trouble for a wannabe bride in this outrageous farce from Japan. When ruthless hit-man Kondo slips in the locker room and hits his head, luckless actor Takeshi switches keys - and identities - with him. But while Takeshi is living it up as one of Japan's most feared assassins, Kondo falls under the spell of Kanae -- a driven career woman with a wedding date, but no groom to walk her down the aisle. Later, when Kanae jogs Kondo's memory, the stage is set for pure comic mayhem. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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Critic Reviews for Key of Life (Kagi-dorobô no mesoddo)

All Critics (1)

"Key of Life" could have been a little snappier in the pacing department, but the energy level and inventiveness never flags, and when the comics twists and turns come along, they're beautifully executed.

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Key of Life (Kagi-dorobô no mesoddo)


This is a modest little Japanese Rom-Com. It's not laugh-out-loud funny, more of an occasional chuckle funny. A suicidal actor changes identity with a successful hit-man. The hit-man has amnesia after a bathhouse fall. The hit-man comes into the sights of an attractive young woman. She is planning her wedding. All she needs is a husband candidate. The three characters meet on various occasions; and complications ensue. The Japanese take on the Rom-Com genre was interesting. The movie was mildly entertaining. There are some successful plot twists. It is a cute story. It was an OK trip to the flics.

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This review is gonna be kept short and sweet. This is a pretty good movie all things considered. It feels too long for its own good though. If you made this movie 105 minutes instead of a little over 2 hours, I can guarantee you'd have a much better movie. Regardless, this film is made entertaining by a talented cast and it makes the length that much tolerable. The characters were funny and interesting but they weren't exactly complex...even if the movie does try to give them a little depth, it doesn't always work necessarily. Still this is a good movie and the switch between Kondo and Sakurai lead to some funny moments and developments. This is a good Netflix watch, nothing more nothing less.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer


Funny, violent, well-realized "trading places" story in which both parties may learn to live better and be happier. Some clever turns and fun characters.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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