May 13, 2022
Every time Miike could go completely off the rails, he reins himself in, pulling back where barging ahead would make this an even more memorable (if messier) experience.
Feb 13, 2022
Theres no question that First Love is a Miike film, but thats not to say that it feels tired or uninspired.
Nov 2, 2021
Another scrappy, outside-the-box crime flick that radiates with [Miikes's] anarchic spirit.
Jul 30, 2021
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.
May 30, 2021
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.
Feb 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.
Sep 7, 2020
First Love is a great film in the way it is able to balance order with chaos. [Full Review in Spanish]
Aug 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.
Jul 24, 2020
First Love is a grand guignol of sparring, slashing, stabbing and shooting interrupted by muted stretches of character development.
Jun 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]
Jun 26, 2020
"First Love" is a rom-com striking a gangster pose. Boisterous surface trappings belie an underlying kindness and sincere emotional depth.
Mar 16, 2020
Expect twists, turns, surprises, violence, love and Miike's wry, knowing wit.
Mar 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]
Mar 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]
Mar 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.
Mar 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.