First Love (Hatsukoi)

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First Love's blend of violence, comedy, and romance might seem disparate -- but for director Takashi Miike, it's just another wildly entertaining entry in a filmography full of them.

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Verified Ratings: 33

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The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (108) | Rotten (3)

  • Yes, it's preposterous and at times hyper-violent, but the tongue is always firmly in its cheek. Until it's cut out.

    March 3, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Imagine if the David Ayer of Street Kings and End of Watch had shot the first half of a gangster movie, then thrown his megaphone to Spaced-age Edgar Wright.

    February 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's bizarre and very unwholesome. But weirdly inspired.

    February 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Intricacies of plot come second to the buffet of outlandish characters ranged about the neon-lit underworld - but the film keeps you locked into the mayhem regardless.

    February 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A double-crossing, criss-crossing caper, fatalistic and fun.

    February 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "First Love" resonates because the director and screenwriter Masa Nakamura have more on their minds than just carnage. They bring the story back to its human core, and find the beating heart at the center of all the bloodshed.

    October 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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