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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"KEY OF LIFE" Available on DVD Jan. 7 From Film Movement

Mistaken-identity comedy from acclaimed director Kenji Uchida
Played Toronto Int'l Film Festival

"A chessboard of ingenious subplots!" -Maggie Lee, Variety

"Filled to brimming with heart, charm and sensibility!" -Iceberg Ink Blog

December 4, 2013 (NY, NY) – Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announces today that KEY OF LIFE, the black comedy crime caper with a case of mistaken identity, will be released on DVD January 7th in North America. Key of Life weaves together three unique storilines - a failing actor down on his luck, a corporate executive desperate to find a husband, and an assassin in trouble with crime bosses - to hilarious ends.

All Film Movement DVD releases include a short film - this month's release includes FINALE, a film by Balazs Simony. The film, from Hungary and 8 minutes in length, follows two well-dressed gentlemen who enjoy a few drinks at a bar only to head out to complete a mysterious job.

An official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival, Key of Life will be available on DVD at Film Movement, and also through major retailers such as The film will be available to stream directly from Film Movement for just $3.99; online streaming begins January 7th and can be accessed here. Additionally, Amazon Instant will make the film available for rent and download beginning January 7th.

Synopsis of KEY OF LIFE:
A case of stolen identity and one determined bride-to-be intersect in this comedic escapade from famed Japanese filmmaker Kenji Uchida. Struggling actor Sakurai is out of work, out of luck and can't even succeed at taking his own life. When a mysterious man slips and falls at the bathhouse, Sakurai switches locker keys and identities with the man, who turns out to be a hit man named Kondo. His memory lost in the fall, Kondo begins piecing 'his' life as Sakurai back together with the help of Kanae, a young woman he meets in the hospital who is determined to find a husband. Meanwhile, Sakurai, posing as Kondo, incurs the wrath of ornery gangsters. As the truth about Kondo and Sakurai comes to light, they must scramble to resolve the chaos of this topsy-turvey chain of events.

KEY OF LIFE |2013 | Comedy | Japanese with English subtitles | 128 minutes I Unrated

About Film Movement:
Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, based in New York City.  Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts from 50 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals.  Film Movement releases its films through numerous distribution channels, including thousands of art-house cinemas, universities and libraries; home video (Netflix and Amazon); television outlets (Sundance Channel, HBO, IFC and Showtime); Cable Video on Demand (including its very own branded cable VOD platform—Film Festival on Demand—available in over 40 million US homes); In-flight Entertainment (Alaska Airlines, Air Canada and United/Continental,) and broadband outlets (iTunes, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube). For more information, please visit

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