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First Love
Original title:
Hatsukoi
Slovenian title:
Prva ljubezen
Section:
EXTRAVAGANZA
Country, year:
Japan, UK, 2019
Length:
108
Directed by:
Takashi Miike
Screenplay:
Masa Nakamura
Cinematography:
Nobuyashu Kita
Music:
Koji Endo
Subtitles:
English, slovenian
Language:
Japanese
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Cast:
Masataka Kubota (Leo), Nao Ohmori (Otomo), Shôta Sometani (Kase), Sakurako Konishi (Monica), Becky (Julie), Jun Murakami (Ichikawa), Sansei Shiomi, Seiyô Uchino (Gondo), Takahiro Miura (Yasu), Cheng-Kuo Yen (Wan), Chun-hao Tuan (Fu), Mami Fujioka (Chiachi)
Awards:
Cannes 2019 - Directors' Fortnight

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Description:
Takashi Miike, who has been churning out iconic films at an unrelenting tempo over the past three decades, again shows himself to be on top form.
Set over one night in Tokyo, we follow Leo, a young boxer down on his luck as he meets his 'first love' Monica, a call girl and an addict. Little does Leo know that Monica is unwittingly caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme, and the two are pursued through the night by a corrupt cop, a yakuza, his nemesis, and a female assassin sent by the Chinese Triads. All their fates intertwine in the spectacular Miike style, at his most fun and anarchic.

"This film is about hopeless outlaws trying to live to the best of their abilities but as a result face death. /.../ The Yakuza can nowadays no longer live in the typical way of the Yakuza. This might be the right way for society but to them is somewhat of a constraint. This is an age when the meaning of 'freedom' is being questioned." (Takashi Miike)