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Best of TJFF: Key of Life

On Demand Online Screening

In Japanese with English Subtitles
Fee: $6.99
The link will go live from Friday August 14, at 9:00 am to Sunday August 16 at 9:00 pm


Kenji Uchida‘s screwball comedy about a failed actor who switches identities with a stranger in bath house accident — only to find himself filling the shoes of a ruthless underworld assassin.

The killer, suffering amnesia from the encounter, applies himself to learning the actor’s method. Touching, brilliantly plotted and simply hilarious, Key of Life was named one of the best 10 films of the year by The Japan Times and Kinema Jumpo, winner of the best screenplay at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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As we await the post-crisis reopening and the commencement of our rescheduled TJFF 2020 in October, we thought it appropriate to use Japanese film to lift everyone’s spirits at this very confusing time. We are delighted to announce a special series representing some of the most popular – and light-hearted – films from the past 8 years of festivals and film programming.

These films (with subtitles) are not available domestically so it is a special treat and a rare opportunity to see them. Please enjoy!

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Director: Hideki Takeuchi
Available on Demand:
Fri. Aug. 21 @ 9am – Sun. Aug. 23 @ 9pm
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August 14, 2020 9:00am - August 16, 2020 9:00pm
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