CAST: Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani, Sakurako Konishi DIRECTOR: Takashi Miike WEIRD ELEPHANT SERIES
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.
Stylish, savage and supremely funny, First Love is the shock of adrenaline the action genre needs and deserves, and evidence that Miike has not yet lost his unique touch.Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry
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.Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
[It] will melt your brains, punch you in the gut and leave your hearts a-flutter.Alex Saveliev, Film Threat