"The romance in First Love (Hatsukoi) is just one ingredient in an exhilarating cocktail of bloodbath violence and tar-black humour that will be catnip to Midnight Madness programmers and Miike devotees. It is all so relentlessly, outrageously entertaining that it could represent one of the prolific Miike’s most commercial propositions in some time." - Alan Hunter, Screen Daily
The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) 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.
DIRECTOR: Takashi Miike
CAST: Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani, Sakurako Konishi
RUNTIME: 108 mins
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan/UK
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles