First Love (Hatsukoi) Reviews

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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.
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.
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