“An exhilarating cocktail of bloodbath violence and tar-black humour … It is all so relentlessly, outrageously entertaining that it could represent one of the prolific Miike’s most commercial propositions in some time.” – Screen Daily
“Full-bore filmic frenzy as only Miike can make.” – Sight and Sound
Official Selection: Cannes, MIFF, NIFFF.
Bowing at Cannes 2019, First Love is characteristic Miike: a brutal, bloody, hyper-violent and hyperreal tale of searing love and redemption. Taking place over one night in Tokyo, Leo is a down-on-his-luck young boxer who has just discovered that his time on earth may be cut short. When he meets Monica, a young addict who’s been driven into sex work to pay off her inherited debts, he falls head over heels and with nothing left to lose, decides to go for broke. But when Monica gets caught up in a drug-smuggling ring, the two must escape the clutches of a corrupt cop, a gang of yakuza, Leo’s arch rival and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. From the brilliant mind behind classics like Ichi the Killer, Audition and Yakuza Apocalypse (SUFF 2015), First Love delivers another characteristically pulpy explosion of breakneck, anarchy and slapstick lunacy.