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First Love (2019)

Hatsukoi (original title)
A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

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Takashi Miike

Writer:

Masa Nakamura
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Cast

Credited cast:
Becky Becky ... Julie
Sakurako Konishi Sakurako Konishi ... Monica
Masataka Kubota ... Leo
Jun Murakami ... Ichikawa
Nao Ohmori ... Otomo
Sansei Shiomi Sansei Shiomi
Shôta Sometani ... Kase
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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Japanese

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27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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an energised piece of work that has to be seen to be believed
13 August 2019 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

A chance encounter between a young boxer and a prostitute causes an all out gang war and they are both caught right in the middle of it. Takashi Miike anyone?

When one goes to see a Takashi Miike film one expects certain things. It has to be grotesquely violent, slightly tongue in the cheek and an over the top story that that would never work with anyone else at the helm. FIRST LOVE delivers everything and more. In fact it is a surprisingly coherent, thought through and even touching film that works on many levels. It is drama, it is a comedy, it's an action film and it's a thriller, where all elements are a perfect fit.

This is classic Miike with Japanese yakuza and Chinese triad going at each other over nothing. It may be a bizarre and violent affair, but the cut off limbs and heads seem a bit Monty Pythonish, which makes the gore slightly less disturbing.

There's a lot of fun to be had here, this is a sort of film Tarantino would like (he did praise Miike as one of his favourites) and this film is Miike at his best.

With its jazzy upbeat soundtrack and out there action, this is an energised piece of work that has to be seen to be believed.


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