First love

Cine 1 - 09/04/2020 - 20:30


Festival 2020 cancelled.

Maestro Maniac Takashi Miike is turning 60 this year, with double as many films to his name – yup, that’s 2 films a year since his birth! – but he’s not thinking of quitting: “I’ve got the feeling I’m going downhill physically so I have to keep on filming as long as I can. I want to speed up, not slow down”. As long as you keep on giving us stuff as FIRST LOVE we’re in for the ride! Leo is a promising young boxer, but one day life gives him the ultimate uppercut: he’s diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor… Dazed and confused he wanders the streets until a woman is running towards him, chased by a not very kosher looking man. Bam! One critical hit later the man’s lying unconscious and Leo’s in the middle of a feud between ku-raaazy criminals. But what the hey, he’s only got a few more days to live anyway! Miike returns to his first love indeed: the yakuza tough guys of GOZU (BIFFF 2004) or DEAD OR ALIVE, but the criminal underworld has changed quite a bit: the yakuza lose more and more ground to the Chinese triads, young ambitious members don’t care about tradition to get what they want… Is Miike gettin’ a touch sentimental? “The most important thing is humanity” says one Chinese gangster to Leo… right before jumping into an over-the-top climax full of gushing blood, samurai swords and life-saving cocaine!  


Year 2019
Director Takashi Miike
Cast Becky,
Sakurako Konishi,
Masataka Kubota,
Takahiro Miura,
Jun Murakami
Distributor The Festival Agency
Genre(s) romance, action, crime
Audience CNA
Running time 108'
Country Japan
Audio O.V.
Subtitles ENG. & BIL. ST
Competition(s) Black Raven Competition