Kubota and Konishi (in her first lead role) balance each other, grounding their characters and the film when it's needed, by providing the emotional and softer aspect of the film, they create the heart of First Love.
There's a distinctive brand of Miike magic in the movie's blending of gleefully cartoonish mania with a poignant outsiders-against-the-world narrative, and in everything from its jazz-rock score to its immaculately executed hardware store showdown.
What has happened I've already seen it before, but Miike helps me forget it because, with that plethora of characters motivated by the most murky ethics, it evokes the visual style of his yakuza film classics. [Full review in Spanish]
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]