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.