First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) - Rotten Tomatoes

First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019)



Critic Consensus: First Love's blend of violence, comedy, and romance might seem disparate -- but for director Takashi Miike, it's just another wildly entertaining entry in a filmography full of them.

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The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.


Nao Omori
as Otomo
Sakurako Konishi
as Monica/Yuri
as Julie
Jun Murakami
as Ichikawa
Sansei Shiomi
as The Stand-In
Yen Cheng-kuo
as Kuo Yen-Wan
Mami Fujioka
as Chiachi
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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (16)

"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 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Your Miike mileage may vary - but rest assured, there's no barf bag required.

October 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"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 2, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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