An unexpected life swap tale brings the laughs
“Many movies released recently are a little heavy,” said Lee at the press preview held at Dongdaemun Megabox in central Seoul on Tuesday. “I hope people can feel a sense of comfort by watching this relatively delightful film.”
Starring Yu Hae-jin, the film centers on a hired assassin, Hyeong-wook (Yu), who one day completely loses his memory after hitting his head at a public bathhouse. After the incident, a poor, unknown actor Jae-seong (Lee Joon) who is also in the bathhouse, takes advantage of the killer’s memory loss and swaps locker keys with him.
Hyeong-wook, who begins to believe that he is the actor, starts living out Jae-seong’s life. He takes a part as an extra in a drama while also working part-time at a kimbab (seaweed-rolled rice) eatery run by the family of an ambulance worker Rina (Yoon So-hee), who later becomes his romantic partner.
The journey of Hyeong-wook trying to find out who he is by jumping into a different person’s life hilariously has the killer in his 40s believing that he is at least 10 years younger.
The comedy doesn’t stop when Jae-seong’s crush Eun-ju (Lim Ji-yeon), turns out to be the killer’s target.
The action-comedy is also a heartwarming movie as it follows two men learning to pursue their dreams: the cold-blooded killer becomes a passionate actor while the hopeless actor finds a new lease on life and continues to follows his dreams.
“My hope is that instead of merely giving people laughs, I hope audiences find the movie heartwarming,” said the filmmaker.
In one scene, Hyeong-wook remembers that he was a killer and convinces his clients, who had paid him to assassinate Eun-ju and Jae-seong, that all three are dead. Soon after, he goes on to film a popular drama to be aired across the nation. Although “Luck-Key” is unrealistic in some ways, it is an entertaining movie that does not confuse viewers with a complicated storyline.
The action-comedy is slated to hit theaters on Oct. 13, and is rated 15 and over.
BY JIN MIN-JI [firstname.lastname@example.org]