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SFIFF: Key of Life (Kenji Uchida, Japan, 2012)

  • May 1, 2013 · 5:45 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Note: Showtime is 6 p.m. Running time is 128 minutes. Tickets are $14 as part of a CineVoucher 10-pack, $15 general, and $14 for students/seniors/disabled, available at the SFFS Web site. We'll meet in the ticket holders line or, barring that, in the lobby afterward.

The San Francisco International Film Festival returns for its 56th edition, presenting 200 films and live events from April 25 through May 9 at venues in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Writer-director Kenji Uchida is winning acclaim on both sides of the Pacific for his third feature, a screwball comedy that mixes mistaken identity and the mob.

Synopsis: A struggling actor on the brink of suicide decides on a whim to assume a stranger's identity -- and finds himself knee-deep in mafia hijinks.

Trailer here:

"Delightfully droll and fondly indulgent of its screwy protags ...  high-caliber entertainment" -- Maggie Lee, Variety

"A precision-tooled exercise in juggling interlocked characters' stories" -- Derek Elley, Film Business Asia

Official selection of the BFI London, Hawaii, Shanghai, Toronto and Vancouver film festivals


  • Best Screenplay, 2012 Shanghai International Film Festival
  • Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Ryoko Hirosue), 2012 Blue Ribbon Awards
  • Screenplay of the Year, 2013 Japan Academy Prize


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  • Alby

    Relies on a few too many conceits to keep itself afloat, plus it's longer and twistier than it needs to be, but still a fun, lighthearted ride. Teruyuki Kagawa's the standout as Kondo, the gangster with an unbeknownst-to-him heart.

    May 1, 2013

  • Alby

    The show has gone to Rush. Tickets may be made available at the venue.

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute work conflict :(

    May 1, 2013

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