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Movie Info

A charismatic killer becomes an actor thanks to a bathhouse key.

Cast & Crew

Yoo Hae-jin
Hyung-wook
Lee Joon
Jae-sung
Lim Ji-yeon
Eun-ju
Lee Gye-beok
Director
Jung Hee-soon
Producer
Jang Yoon-mi
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Critic Reviews for Luck Key

All Critics (3) | Fresh (3)

  • 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

    October 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This body switching charmer from South Korea has it all, from comedy and action to adventure and romance.

    December 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While there are numerous elements that stretch credibility, the film's saving grace is its good-natured humour, which conveys the understanding that the key to true comedy is surprise.

    November 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Luck Key

  • Mar 08, 2018
    If you had told me that I already watched a Japanese version of this movie (ie: the original that this is a re-imagining of) I would've told you that I had absolutely no idea what you were talking about. But, come the credits, when they tell me that this movie is, in fact, based of Key of Life by Kenji Uchida, it all came rushing back to me. It's not that I remember everything about the movie, but I remember enough to go 'Oh yea, I actually liked that movie'. It's strange too, cause I never forget movies I've seen. I mean I might not remember every small detail, but I remember enough to know that I'm watching a remake. There was nothing about this that tipped me off, I mean there were a few bits, but I thought it was just borrowed, as many films borrow from one another. It's just the nature of the business. As I understand it, from reading the Wikipedia synopsis for Key of Life, some of the plot threads are similar. Like, for example, the hired killer not really being a conventional hired killer per se. But, stylistically speaking, whereas the Key of Life felt more like an independent feature, this feels more like an attempt at reaching a broader audience. And, admittedly speaking, I legitimately ended up liking this movie. I can't say whether or not I liked it more than the original movie, because I don't actually remember much of it, but I did enjoy my time with it. Perhaps part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much is because it gave one of my favorite South Korean character actors, Yoo Hae-jin, to branch out into uncharted territory. Let's just say that Mr. Hae-jin is not a conventionally attractive man, therefore he has never been cast as anything of a heartthrob. His unique look has opened doors for him as villains or quirky supporting characters. And he's great at them, but that's not the point. This film, however, once Hae-jin's character loses his memory (oh great, another amnesia angle) and trades life with a struggling and suicidal actor (who ends up moving into his high-end apartment) finds himself being cast in a television drama, as the right hand man for this crime boss or something. Once he appears on the show, his popularity skyrockets and he, in fact, gets the lead role over the arrogant actor that played his boss on the drama. It's kind of silly, but I think it works because of the fact that not only Hae-jin is so damn good, but because these segments poke fun at the South Korean TV industry and its melodramatic tendencies. The suicidal actor (Jae-sung), who takes over the hired killer's life, moves into his counterpart's (Hyung-wook) high-end apartment, where he finds a secret room complete with fake identities, weapons and security camera footage of this woman that Hyung was originally meant to 'kill' for being a whistleblower for some illegal activities taking place at the company she worked for, I'm assuming at least, since they don't really go into the details of the evidence that Eun-joo has that's gotten a contract placed on her head. There's also the paramedic (Ri-na) who settles Hyung's hospital bills when he regains consciousness and gets him a job at her mother's restaurant where, given his skills with knives as a hired killer, leads him to becoming very popular with the costumers, particularly the women. Jae-sung and Hyung end up developing feelings for their female companions, so I guess South Koreans really can't resist adding some romantic elements to their comedies. I will say, however, that the romantic elements in this film actually work. At least for Hyung and Ri-na's relationship. Because, again, it allows Hae-jin to be seen as an actual, legitimate romantic interest and not just as a joke of a man, that no beautiful woman would ever fall for. Jae and Eun-joo's romance, on the other hand, feels a little more traditional and not as intriguing as Hyung and Ri-na's. I like the characters, but I felt that their scenes together didn't grab my attention as much as the other couple in the movie. Again, while the characters aren't incredibly complex, I still like them, I just liked the other parts of the film much better. Some of the funnier scenes don't actually involve any of our leads. The person who put out the contract on Eun-joo has these four underlings and these four are literally the pussiest underlings you will ever meet. They are so scared of Hyung's reputation as a hired killer that when they meet "him" they glance away whenever "Hyung" draws back his shades. They said that he can kill people with just a glance, hence their reaction. It's silly and absurd, but these four are so ineffective at their jobs that I found them entertaining. Particularly during the climax, when Hyung, Jae and Eun-joo engage in a bit of subterfuge in order to make it seem like they've all died. The climax was actually really entertaining as Ri-na follows Hyung to the meeting place, an abandoned warehouse or something and she starts question Hyung about his decision to just leave randomly without caring about the people that he made connections with. It's not like it's super clever, but Ri-na's addition to this subterfuge, that she didn't know was part of act, was entertaining. As much as I watch South Korean comedies, and I really do seek them out sometimes, I'm rarely ever entertained by them. Whether it be their sentimentality and melodrama, or sometimes the forced quirkiness of the humor, I just don't end up getting into it. But this was different, I was with it from beginning to end. I'm not gonna say it's an the best South Korean comedy I've ever seen, because it's not, but I liked the cast (Yoo Hae-jin is great), the film's tone is kept light enough and, surprisingly, I thought the comedy actually worked in a broad manner. This wasn't ever meant to be a comedy classic, so don't go in expecting that. What it does offer, however, ended up satisfying me. And for someone who's been so critical of some aspects of how the comedy is handled in this country, that's all I can ask for. Seriously though, this movie is entertaining and I'm glad I ended up watching it. Doesn't bring anything new to the table, but I think this will end up pleasantly surprising a lot of people if they give it a shot.
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