First Love
First Love

First Love

classified 15 S


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2020

Takashi Miike
Becky, Sakurako Konishi, Masataka Kubota
108 mins, Subtitled, 2019, Japan | UK
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The latest from prolific provocateur Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition, Ichi The Killer) is a brutal, bloody, and brilliantly OTT story about a boxer and a girl caught between the yakuza, the triads, and all-out anarchy.

Boxer Leo (Masataka Kubota) has discovered he has an inoperable brain tumour. With nothing to lose, he attempts to save troubled prostitute Yuri (Sakurako Konishi) from a crooked policeman and her drug addiction, and falls head over heels in love. What follows is a typically low-key, gentle night in Tokyo (erm...) involving severed heads, shoot outs, car chases, a huge bag of drugs, a modern-day samurai, and loads more excuses for bloody confrontations... prepare for love, laughs, and lots and lots of death.

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