First Love (Hatsukoi) Reviews

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March 17, 2020
[T]he twisty, hyper violent First Love is a big winner.
March 16, 2020
Expect twists, turns, surprises, violence, love and Miike's wry, knowing wit.
March 14, 2020
An unclassified fusion between the romantic youth thriller, the black comedy, the yakuza cinema, the martial arts cinema and the gore, which finds in the (punctual) gush of creative insolence its best ally. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 13, 2020
First Love deserves to be in that noble zone of Miike's colossal filmography capable of leaving you cross-eyed in the cerebellum. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 10, 2020
A grand guignol. [Full review in Spanish]
March 10, 2020
Out on home video now is his 103rd film First Love, which utilizes the backdrop of a crime-filled Japanese city to explore how selfishness destroys and a pure heart extends your life.
March 3, 2020
Yes, it's preposterous and at times hyper-violent, but the tongue is always firmly in its cheek. Until it's cut out.
February 28, 2020
You need to get to the theater this weekend to see Hatsukoi (First Love), if only as a reminder that even in this time of virus infestation, love can thrive -- in a manner of speaking.
February 27, 2020
Miike is still Miike, still bad to the bone.
February 27, 2020
As expected, the romance was not as wild as the action, and the lurid aesthetics never compensate the overstuffness of the plot. It's a visceral experience, nonetheless.
February 24, 2020
If your partner calls First Love the perfect date movie, you know you have a keeper.
February 21, 2020
Sit back and enjoy sequences that trade gore for creativity.
February 21, 2020
The camera and the editing have a much more classic, elegant, easy to follow compass. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 20, 2020
A small release, but if you're looking for something different to see, please let me recommend this one. It's not like any other film out.
February 18, 2020
It's messy and frantic, with a lot of characters to keep straight, but it's also hilarious and involving.
February 16, 2020
Kôji Endô's thundering jazz-rock score amplifies Miike's tendency towards playful cartoon excess.
February 14, 2020
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 13, 2020
Sweetening up a smidgen without chilling out, this is Miike having fun, bombarding us with squirm-inducing violence while making us laugh and - ever so slightly - tugging on the heartstrings.
February 13, 2020
It's typical Miike, beautifully realised, and such guilty fun.
February 13, 2020
It's bizarre and very unwholesome. But weirdly inspired.
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