First Love

A hardcore-pulp-yakuza-noir-madcap-joyride filled with outrageous double-crosses, close

shaves, high-speed car chases, and flamboyant showdowns from Japan’s most prolific and

exuberant director, Takashi Miike. At its heart, First Love, is an unshakeable romance between

two rock bottom dwellers, searching for salvation in the precarious Tokyo underbelly.

Society is in a troubled tailspin, corrupted by the self-serving attitudes necessary to survive the

modern dog-eat-dog world. What begins as a classic boy meets girl crime thriller gets a touch of

Miike's signature ultraviolence, hysterical mayhem, and cartoonish absurdity. The powerless

heroes are pitted against the Yakuza and Chinese triads in a farcical battle royale, a criminal

line up of vicious, blood-thirsty antiheroes welding a buffet spread of life-ending weapons. Yet,

as the assembly of characters and their carefully scripted subplots converge across one night, a

chaotic moment transcends certain death and destruction. The sheer amount of blood spilled

means love does not conquer all– it survives.


Takashi Miike


United Kingdom





Muneyuki Kii, Misako Saka, Jeremy Thomas

Running time:

1h 48m