First Love

Showings

O Cinema South Beach Fri, Oct 11 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Fri, Oct 11 9:10 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 12 2:30 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 12 4:45 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 12 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 12 9:10 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 13 2:30 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 13 4:45 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 13 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 13 9:10 PM
O Cinema South Beach Mon, Oct 14 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Mon, Oct 14 9:10 PM
O Cinema South Beach Tue, Oct 15 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Tue, Oct 15 9:10 PM
O Cinema South Beach Wed, Oct 16 9:15 PM
O Cinema South Beach Thu, Oct 17 9:15 PM

Description

One night in Tokyo, a self-confident young boxer and a prostitute get caught up in a drug-smuggling plot involving organized crime, corrupt cops and a female assassin.

 

Never mind a New York minute: it’s in a Shinjuku second that one risks losing one’s head in FIRST LOVE, and when Takashi Miike is winding the clock, you can trust we mean that literally. The latest from the prolific provocateur gets rolling with all that’s north of a yakuza’s neck tumbling into the neon-drenched streets of Tokyo — an indelible image that assures us that, despite the film’s starry-eyed title, this is romance in the key of Miike.

 

When the schemes of duplicitous punk Kase (Shota Sometani) go comically awry, doomed boxer Leo (Masataka Kubota) and haunted drug addict Monica (Sakurako Konishi) find themselves inadvertently caught in the crosshairs of two warring gangs. Over the course of an increasingly ridiculous night, a soulful meet-cute between the two innocents transpires — one injected with that signature brand of poetic pandemonium that audiences have grown to revere over the course of Miike’s now 104 directing credits.

 

That this infectious pastiche coheres as well as it does is a testament to the grounded foundation laid by frequent Miike collaborator Masaru Nakamura, whose script wittily weaves its hyperbolic characters towards a thoughtful expression of the concept of HATSUKOI (FIRST LOVE). Capturing the yearning that blooms with one’s first brush with romantic feeling, Miike and Nakamura cut to the heart of it and distill it down to that instant when a person resolves to live for another besides themselves — be it with fists raised, or swords drawn.

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