First Love

Original title: Hatsukoi
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Becky, Masata Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani
Country: Japan, United Kingdom
Year of production: 2019
Length (min): 108
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Czech
Sales: The Festival Agency
Section: Planet Dark

An unsuccessful young boxer and a drug-addicted prostitute get entangled in a drug deal gone wrong, resulting in a gang war. This improbable duo will have to try really hard to survive the night in Tokyo. The comedy crime drama with elements of film noir aesthetics freely works with different genres and depicts sex and violence in a very graphic way. The film was nominated at several festivals, including San Sebastian IFF.

Takashi Miike

The horror and action film master dropped out of a film school and worked his way up from a nobody to an assistant director in TV. In the 1990s, he started producing his own low-budget action films that gained traction through their open approach to sex and violence. Today, he makes primarily mystery horrors. His work has received awards at festivals worldwide.

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