First Love (Hatsukoi)
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A new film from Japanese auteur Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer) is always a cause for celebration, and for his 103rd film this is certainly the case. Essentially a very unconventional love story, First Love tells of Leo, a young boxer who discovers he has an inoperable brain tumour. Determined to perform a final good deed, Leo helps a young woman named Yuri and unwittingly plunges into a world of corrupt cops, prostitution, drug deals and Japanese/Chinese gang rivalry. Employing Miike’s trademark high-octane filmmaking, and being both hilariously dark and ultraviolent, First Love is a hypervelocity joy to behold. SE
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