First Love

Film of the week. Hugely entertaining. You’ll find yourself grinning, whether or not your head is still attached to your body.


First Love

When a duplicitous scheme by the low-level yakuza, Kase (Shota Sometani) goes hilariously wrong, a terminally ill boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota), and a disturbed drug addicted call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi), find themselves innocently caught in the crosshairs of two warring gangs. Over the course of the increasingly ludicrous night, the two fall passionately in love, while the hail of bullets and blood fall quietly in the background. From prolific auteur Takashi Miike, this noir-tinged, violent yakuza film, is Miike at his most fun and anarchic!

“Ranks among Miike's most purely entertaining movies (out of more than 100 now!), gradually building steam until it reaches a sustained pitch of cheerful insanity” -The A.V. Club

“CRITIC'S PICK! An unusually satisfying romp. “First Love” demonstrates that (Miike's) energy and inventiveness are still intact.” -The New York Times

Cannes Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Fantastic Fest

Lifetime Achievement Award for Takashi Miike, Fantastic Fest
Not Rated
Crime, Drama
Takashi Miike
Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani, Sakurako Konishi
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

The madly prolific and often just plain mad Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike has a knack for the deeply disturbing image: the inanimate object that suddenly leaps to life, the lower extremity that’s been severed with piano wire, the soup ladle protruding from where no soup ladle should protrude. His ...

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