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First Love (2019)

Hatsukoi (original title)
TV-MA | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 14 February 2020 (UK)
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A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writer:

Masa Nakamura
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Credited cast:
Becky Becky ... Julie
Bengal Bengal ... Fortune Teller
Masayuki Deai Masayuki Deai
Mami Fujioka Mami Fujioka ... Chiachi
Sakurako Konishi Sakurako Konishi ... Monica
Masataka Kubota ... Leo
Takahiro Miura ... Yasu
Jun Murakami ... Ichikawa
Nao Ohmori ... Otomo
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi
Shôta Sometani ... Kase
Ken'ichi Takitô Ken'ichi Takitô ... Doctor
Nazeeh Tarsha ... Male Yakuza / Male Boxer (voice)
Chun-hao Tuan ... Fu
Seiyô Uchino Seiyô Uchino ... Gondo
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Leo is a young boxer, successful but unable to show emotion. He has a fight scheduled and is sure that he will win. Instead, his opponent knocks him out. This triggers a chain of unpleasant events involving drugs, corrupt cops, the Yakuza, a female assassin - and Monica, an escort that he must rescue. It's one hell of a night for Leo. Written by aghaemi

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The film premiered at TIFF in Toronto, Canada in September 2019. See more »

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Epitomizes the "Modern Miike"
14 October 2019 | by mosurataksaichanSee all my reviews

I was skeptical going into this film. With a fairly new cast, a main character from the low budget but interesting director Sion Sono in the movie Himizu, I really had not much to anticipate. I was pleasantly surprised. The film has a strong plot that seemingly echoes a lot of the visual aesthetic seen in his film Shinjuku Triad Society but with the theme of comedy. Tied together very well in a strangely intricate plot that sets itself apart from other contemporary Yakuza flics. Shota Sometani was absolutely fantastic and had my in hysterics throughout the movie which is something you should expect. This movie is absolutely hilarious and I hope you'll laugh out loud like I did. I've never seen Miike have long drawn out action sequences with so much dynamism in a modern setting, similar to 13 Assassins which was also a treat. The momentary animated sequence also reminded me of the "Happiness of the Katakuris". Just check out this movie with no real expectation and it will surpass absolutely everything you go in with.


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Country:

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

14 February 2020 (UK) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,151, 29 September 2019

Gross USA:

$218,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$366,247
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2.39 : 1
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