Takashi Miike

First Love

Hatsukoi * Japan 2019 * 108 min * English subtitles

“A delirious gangland thriller that takes place (mostly) over one very eventful night in Tokyo. With its lovers-on-the-run formula, the movie carries echoes of Detour and True Romance, though screenwriter Masa Nakamura offers a nifty twist. For the first half of the action, his heroes aren’t even aware they’re running from anyone. —- First Love is as wild and unpredictable as any of the Japanese genre stylist [Takashi Miike]’s recent work, its betrayals and reversals playing out with an almost farcical rhythm between disturbing visions, vivid fight choreography, manic shootouts (and sword fights) and the odd car chase. —- It’s a blast.” – Norman Wilner / NOW Toronto

Distributor: Night Visions festival

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Cast: Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky, Jun Murakami, Sansei Shiomi, Seiyo Uchino