First Love (Hatsukoi) Reviews

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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.
February 12, 2020
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 11, 2020
A double-crossing, criss-crossing caper, fatalistic and fun.
February 10, 2020
It's a slow build and not prime-cut Miike, but the killer twists and turns... are worth the journey.
February 10, 2020
With his mastery of the pulpy B-movie, Miike keeps the narrative moving with enough kinetic energy and tight storytelling that everything just about makes sense.
February 4, 2020
There are a lot of familiar elements at play in First Love, and yet, Miike glides effortlessly between all these ambitious components with the greatest of ease.
January 29, 2020
An entertaining crazy fueled story with a very sweet delicate center.
December 6, 2019
In all of the guns and blood and hardware store fighting, there is a tender heart to First Love that makes it one of the best films of 2019.
November 21, 2019
A yakuza rom-com slash-em-up that positively vibrates with off-the-wall energy.
November 12, 2019
A first-rate cast, dynamic action, slapstick comedy and a cool animated sequence. Think Kill Bill meets Baby Driver as this carnage of chaos proves to be wildly entertaining.
November 1, 2019
"First Love" is the sort of over-the-top action comedy where when someone mentions a contract killer named One-Armed Wang, you can bet the farm that a guy will eventually show up cocking his shotgun with his one good arm.
October 25, 2019
There's a twist that arrives late in the game, which helps liven up First Love and catapult it into an extreme third act. But by that point, the overcomplicated screenplay has already caused the film more damage than a samurai sword to the throat.
October 23, 2019
Diversifies the prolific director's already impressive resumé.
October 22, 2019
Stylish, savage and supremely funny, First Love is the shock of adrenaline the action genre needs and deserves, and evidence that Miike has not yet lost his unique touch.
October 18, 2019
...a well-made movie crammed with action, humor, and heart, along with ample servings of the director's trademark graphic violence.
October 16, 2019
Miike's direction is visceral, finding the filmmaker not only completely invested in this narrative but also willing to break from his formula at a drop of the hat.
October 14, 2019
[It] will melt your brains, punch you in the gut and leave your hearts a-flutter.
October 14, 2019
"First Love," is the [Takashi Miike] at his most pulpy, entertaining and, well, funny.
October 13, 2019
'First Love' is a flamboyant exercise in moviemaking that, despite its bloodshed, will impress you with its softness and compassion.
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