First Love (Hatsukoi) Reviews
February 9, 2021
An epitome of Takashi Miike's entertaining and violent film catalog, First Love combines a slapstick yakuza crime story with young romance. And I love it.
September 7, 2020
First Love is a great film in the way it is able to balance order with chaos. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 11, 2020
By contrasting the funny violence of our criminals with Leo's realistic boxing, Miike shows that the only kind of violence worthy of humanity is a violence born out of love.
July 24, 2020
First Love is a grand guignol of sparring, slashing, stabbing and shooting interrupted by muted stretches of character development.
June 27, 2020
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]
June 26, 2020
"First Love" is a rom-com striking a gangster pose. Boisterous surface trappings belie an underlying kindness and sincere emotional depth.
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
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
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.