First Love (Hatsukoi) Reviews

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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 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
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.
October 11, 2019
"First Love" resonates because the director and screenwriter Masa Nakamura have more on their minds than just carnage. They bring the story back to its human core, and find the beating heart at the center of all the bloodshed.
October 9, 2019
"First Love" might not ultimately mean much, but its wily mix of colorful elements - romance, organized crime, slapstick and ultra-violence - makes for a bracingly weird cinematic experience.
October 9, 2019
Often darkly funny, "First Love" is also very violent, and it's not just about gunplay. There's a beheading in the movie's first few minutes just to let everyone know, if they've somehow forgotten, that they've walked into a Takashi Miike film.
October 4, 2019
What keeps it from becoming a bloody farce is Miike's profound sympathy for his leads, innocents trying to find their way out of the maelstrom.
October 2, 2019
Your Miike mileage may vary - but rest assured, there's no barf bag required.
October 2, 2019
"First Love" has a hyper-real nocturnal gleam that makes all this highly mannered action seem all the more comic or ridiculous, as the mood takes you.
October 1, 2019
"First Love" isn't art, by any means, but it's way more entertaining than it should be.
September 27, 2019
Though it has a tight course of events and is spiked with a few surprises, First Love is far more impressive for how it collides its many characters than what it ever feels for them.
September 26, 2019
It's a joyous piece of filmmaking, a demented, multitasking little scherzo from a director who cranks out four new features a year on average and who never seems more relaxed than when he's in an absolute frenzy.
September 26, 2019
Not exactly The Notebook, then-but as an action-comedy, First Love ranks among Miike's most purely entertaining movies (out of more than 100 now!), gradually building steam until it reaches a sustained pitch of cheerful insanity.
September 26, 2019
Miike's seemingly offhand inventiveness is evident in almost every shot and cut.
September 24, 2019
The bloodshed is relatively straightforward, but plentiful...
September 13, 2019
A movie I enjoyed reasonably while watching and forgot entirely the second it was over.
May 30, 2019
"First Love" is mostly remarkable for renewing once again the apparently infinitely renewable resource that is Miike's filmmaking energy.
May 21, 2019
First Love might start as a hard-boiled piece of pulp fiction, but it isn't long before it softens into a violent, hilarious, and violently hilarious madcap comedy...
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