Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan / 107 mins / M18 – Violence and Coarse Language
Boxer Leo just discovered that he has a brain tumour. With nothing to lose, he attempts to save troubled prostitute Yuri from a crooked policeman and her drug addiction. What follows is a comically violent hard-boiled affair featuring a psychopathic yakuza youngling, a grieving murderous girlfriend and a one-armed shotgun-wielding assassin.
First Love is a manic romp that straddles conventional romcom leanings with Miike’s signature bloody vision, so devotees should not be misled by the title. With Masa Nakamura’s punchy script and Koji Endo’s dark jazzy rock score, First Love not only proves that Miike is a maestro in this genre as critics proclaim, but he has not lost his vigour throughout his expansive filmmaking career.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Japanese auteur Takashi Miike first gained international recognition with his horror triumph Audition (1999), which snagged the FIPRESCI prize at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2000. With more than 100 projects in over 25 years, he has been impressing both critics and audiences continuously.
CAST & INFORMATION
Munyeki Kii, Jeremy Thomas, Misako Saka
Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Sakurako Konishi
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Fri, 29 Nov 2019 / 11:55 PM
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