Hatsukoi (First Love) 2019 Ages 18+

9.00PM Sat 5 Oct 2019 (1hr 48mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

Japanese pulp auteur Takashi Miike is back with a signature madcap, gangster romp.

Those familiar with the wild genre masterclasses of Audition 1999 and Ichi the Killer 2001 will feel right at home in this anarchic, full-throttle joyride spanning a single night in Tokyo. Young boxer Leo (Masataka Kubota) has just learnt he has a brain tumour when he encounters Monica (Sakurako Konishi), a call girl in deep with drugs and the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia. With the criminal underworld imploding due to ferocious in-fighting, these new lovers get caught in the crossfire. Amid the bloodbath, the prolific Miike’s blackly comic touches and unexpected stylistic quirks deliver at high velocity.

CREDITS

108 MINUTES, JAPAN, UK, JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / DIRECTOR: TAKASHI MIIKE / SCRIPTWRITER: MASARU NAKAMURA / PRODUCERS: MUNEYUKI KII, JEREMY THOMAS, MISAKO SAKA / CAST: MASATAKA KUBOTA, NAO ŌMORI, SHŌTA SOMETANI / RIGHTS: TOEI PICTURES / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP