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Film Movement buys Uchida’s ‘Key of Life’

Japanese comedy premiered in Toronto

Film Movement has acquired Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida’s comedy “Key of Life” for U.S. distribution, five months after its premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

The film will receive a New York theatrical opening in the summer with a limited national roll-out to follow as well as a day-and-date VOD premiere.

Story centers on a failed actor who switches identities with a stranger at a bath house, only to find himself filling the shoes of an elite assassin. Maggie Lee gave “Key” an upbeat notice in her Variety review at Toronto: “Delightfully droll and fondly indulgent of its screwy protags, Nipponese helmer-scribe Kenji Uchida’s “Key of Life” depicts what happens when a struggling actor and a hitman usurp each others’ identities.”

The deal was negotiated by Film Movement’s Adley Gartenstein, and Kana Koido of Klockworx.

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