I was skeptical going into this film. With a fairly new cast, a main character from the low budget but interesting director Sion Sono in the movie Himizu, I really had not much to anticipate. I was pleasantly surprised.The film has a strong plot that seemingly echoes a lot of the visual aesthetic seen in his film Shinjuku Triad Society but with the theme of comedy.Tied together very well in a strangely intricate plot that sets itself apart from other contemporary Yakuza flics. Shota Sometani was absolutely fantastic and had my in hysterics throughout the movie which is something you should expect. This movie is absolutely hilarious and I hope you'll laugh out loud like I did.I've never seen Miike have long drawn out action sequences with so much dynamism in a modern setting, similar to 13 Assassins which was also a treat. The momentary animated sequence also reminded me of the "Happiness of the Katakuris".Just check out this movie with no real expectation and it will surpass absolutely everything you go in with.
First Love (2019) 1080p YIFY Movie
First Love (2019) 1080p
Hatsukoi is a movie starring Becky, Bengal, and Masayuki Deai. A young boxer and a call girl get caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.
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The Synopsis for First Love (2019) 1080p
Leo is a young boxer, successful but unable to show emotion. He has a fight scheduled and is sure that he will win. Instead, his opponent knocks him out. This triggers a chain of unpleasant events involving drugs, corrupt cops, the Yakuza, a female assassin - and Monica, an escort that he must rescue. It's one hell of a night for Leo.
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The Reviews for First Love (2019) 1080p
Epitomizes the "Modern Miike"Reviewed bymosurataksaichanVote: 9/10
First Love goes back to Takashi Miike's brutal V-Cinema Yakuza movies between the mid-nineties and the early years of the new millennium. It tells the story of a lonesome boxer who has just learned that he has an incurable brain tumor who meets a drug-addicted prostitute who suffers from hallucinations of her violent father. Over the course of one single night, the two desperate youngsters get caught up in a violent conflict between Chinese and Japanese organized crime clans as well as local police force. The prostitute is suspected of having killed a gang member and stolen a handbag full of drugs. The boxer knocks out a crooked police officer who planned on framing her and is now on the run as well. The relationship between the prostitute and the boxer slowly intensifies but their biggest challenge remains to survive the eventful night.
This movie is a feast for Takashi Miike fans. The characters are diversified, eccentric and unique enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen. The flashy locations are gorgeous to watch. The action scenes are intense and especially the lengthy fight sequences in a warehouse mix gore elements with black slapstick humour in a typically Japanese way. The movie is also filled with tension and this thriller comes around with a few interesting twists and turns. The film also has some strong dramatic elements as it follows two lonesome outsiders who have suffered throughout their lives and are simply looking for peace of mind. The movie's pace is overall frantic and entertaining. The idea to let the film take place over the course of only a few days with the most important events unfolding in one single night, makes First Love a quite dynamic, focused and intense experience.
The film still has a few minor flaws however. The opening quarter is a little bit dragging and slightly overstays its welcome. The story is somewhat predictable if you're familiar with other Yakuza movies. The relationship between the two protagonists never really takes off as they don't have much chemistry. The title First Love is slightly misguiding in that regard and something like Crazy Night would have been more appropriate.
Still, First Love is an entertaining Yakuza movie that goes back to the genre's golden era in the mid-nineties. It features action, drama and thriller elements and is explicitly brutal, darkly humorous and gloomily nihilistic. Mainstream audiences might have trouble digesting this exciting potpourri but genre fans will get exactly what they like.
First off, I'm already very well versed in this director's work, and have been a fan of some of his stuff for a long time. He's very prolific, so I can't claim to have watch all his stuff, but films like Dead or Alive (the original), 13 Assassins and Audition are long-term favourites of mine. Admittedly some of his stuff has also left me very cold too (e.g. Visitor Q & Yakuza Apocalypse).
Anyhow this is very much back in form and follows the sort of spirit in the Dead or Alive trilogy. We have gangsters in a very left-field scenario. A young boxer is caught up with cocaine smuggling gangsters and he falls in love. As this is a Miike Takashi move we have craziness, unhinged villains, lots of humour and lots of violence & blood. I loved it. This ride is wonderful to watch and at its best you don't know what will happen.
The characters are mostly very original and you want to follow their arc. Our lead is sympathetic and you are backing him to survive this day to the end. Will he get his girl? Will the bad guys get their comeuppance? It doesn't matter, it's the wonderful action, soundtrack and drive along with this ensemble that matters.
I can't recommend this highly enough for those who love very alternative style of action packed movies. Give everything else a sidestep and go watch this one in the cinema! Fabulous action & fund.