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(3211) 6.9 108 min 2019

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.

Starring
Mami Fujioka, Becky, Masayuki Deai, Bengal
Genres
Comedy, Crime, Romance
Director
Takashi Miike

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Director Takashi Miike
Writer Masa Nakamura
Stars Mami Fujioka, Becky, Masayuki Deai, Bengal
Country UK, Japan
Also Known As 初恋, Primeiro amor, First Love, First Love, le dernier Yakuza, İlk Aşk, Pierwsza miłość
Runtime 1H 48M
Description Never mind a New York minute: it's in a Shinjuku second that one risks losing one's head in First Love, and when Midnight Madness institution Takashi Miike is winding the clock, you can trust we mean that literally. The latest from the prolific provocateur gets rolling with all that's north of a Yakuza's neck tumbling into the neon-drenched streets of Tokyo - an indelible image that assures us that, despite the film's starry-eyed title, this is romance in the key of Miike. When the schemes of duplicitous punk Kase (Shota Sometani) go comically awry, doomed boxer Leo (Masataka Kubota) and haunted drug addict Monica (Sakurako Konishi) find themselves inadvertently caught in the cross-hairs of two warring gangs. Over the course of an increasingly ridiculous night, a soulful meet-cute between the two innocents transpires - one injected with that signature brand of poetic pandemonium that Midnighters have grown to revere over the course of Miike's now 104 directing credits. That this infectious pastiche coheres as well as it does is a testament to the grounded foundation laid by frequent Miike collaborator Masaru Nakamura (Dead Or Alive 2: Birds, Sukiyaki Western Django), whose script wittily weaves its hyperbolic characters towards a thoughtful expression of the concept of Hatsukoi (first love). Capturing the yearning that blooms with one's first brush with romantic feeling, Miike and Nakamura cut to the heart of it and distill it down to that instant when a person resolves to live for another besides themselves - be it with fists raised, or swords drawn.

Top reviews

Monday, 21 Sep 2020 02:30

In Japan, one can get a pass by merely watching a film about someone who does not have much and is known to some of the locals. The difference here is that there is some merit in the film's intention and the use of its lead actor to carry it. He is not much of an actor, and it is probably the most memorable feature of this film that he has, for some reason, managed to convince the Japanese people that he is a man. As for the story itself, it is not what one would expect. A Japanese woman is being sought after by a rich businessman, and his estranged daughter has to come up with the money to pay her. This is really just a setup for the film, but the lack of action, or a plot, makes the film seem rushed, and that may be the fault of the director, who is trying to make it more serious than it is. But if it is the fault of the director, the film is a lot better than it looks. The actors, especially Miyako, are doing their best to make this film more interesting. The second half of the film has some pretty good moments, especially the amusing scene where she goes into a museum and asks for a tattoo. If the first half was lacking, the second half is better. One of the things that makes this film work is the way the lead actor talks. He is not a great actor, but he does a good job, and it is the manner in which he talks that makes this film work. But I don't think it is a good idea to give this film a big audience. The film is not a masterpiece, and it is not for everyone, and it is probably not a film to be watched if you are going to watch it. But if you are really interested in the history of the film industry in Japan, and in the style that it used, then it is probably worth watching.
Saturday, 19 Sep 2020 00:11

In this latest live-action remake of the wildly popular Japanese anime film "Saekano", a group of teenagers and twenty-somethings gather at a remote resort to celebrate one of their classmate's birthday, only to be surprised when the teenage girl that they've come to celebrate has been murdered. Their interest in investigating leads them to the alluring and enigmatic actress Minami Iriyama (Naho Mizuno), who is herself being investigated for the murder. With the investigation taking them further into the plot and closer to the murderer, they begin to unravel the secret of what really happened to Minami Iriyama. To say that the plot in "Saekano" was a mess would be a gross understatement. As if the movie didn't have enough holes in the plot, there are also several plot inconsistencies that are left to the viewer's interpretation. For example, why did all the teenagers in this story all look so much like the characters they played in the TV series? Also, why were all the other characters in the story so pretty? There is a huge problem with the story, however, and that is that a lot of things are left unexplained, like how the actress Minami Iriyama was able to convince the victims to say her name, or how she was able to murder all these people in such a way that she was only convicted for five years. While the movie itself has a few moments of good action and a few scenes of good acting, overall the movie is nowhere near as good as the TV series. There is a reason why the movie is called "Saekano", after all, and if there were more than a few flaws with the movie, there is a good reason. However, even though the movie is not very good, there is also some good points to the movie. For one, the movie is great for what it is, and it's definitely a movie that should be watched by fans of the TV series. This is especially true since the movie features many characters from the TV series, like Minami Iriyama, Haruka Sakura, and Jin, and I really like that the movie is so similar to the TV series, so if you're a fan of the series, this is a movie that you should watch.
Sunday, 03 May 2020 21:08

One of my all time favorite Japanese films, The Sapporo Incident (買い迎寿館, sung in English as The Sapporo Incident) is an inconsequential thriller that stars Keiko Yoshino and Tsuyoshi Abe, and is loosely based on a real event. In the late 1970's, a cargo ship carrying rusted barrels of petroleum in Japan capsizes, and more than 40 people are killed. The incident is now known as The Sapporo Incident, and a number of years later, it is discovered that the barrels contained radioactive material, and the government has set up a program to monitor oil production. This is a film that looks like it was made in the mid-1980's, but it is actually a re-make of a film made in 1961, and it is probably the most famous of the films in the genre. The film tells the story of a group of college students who travel to Japan in order to join the military, and also who have to deal with their relationships with one another. The film is generally one of those films that is suitable for ages 8-12, but there are two scenes that are problematic for younger viewers. One of these is when one of the students, Norimichi, (Yoshino) starts out the film by telling his story of the shipwreck, and it's kind of a cliched, cheesy, one-liner style. I'm not sure if this was meant to be humorous, or whether the filmmakers simply thought this was a more interesting storyline than it actually was, but this scene really didn't serve the film any advantage. I think this scene would have been more effective if it was completely edited out, and the other problem with the film is that it is at times hard to tell who the characters are. Yoshino plays her character, a female high school student, while Abe plays his character, a man who has a problem with his female friend. I find this a bit annoying, as it kind of makes the film feel like it is half-developed, and it is hard to tell who is who. The other issue is that there is no explanation for how or why the teacher, Dr. Sakamoto (Abe), is so fascinated by the behavior of these students, and it makes it hard to connect with the characters. This is not the film's only problem. The film is at times difficult to follow, as the scenes are often vague and confusing. The majority of the film takes place inside the classroom, but at other times, the students wander off into the city to visit one of the prostitutes, and even then, it is hard to tell who is doing what to whom. The film is very short, and it could have been a good 30 minutes or so longer. However, because of the fact that there are so many subplots, the film is also hard to follow. The film is also very violent, and there are scenes of one student raping another, and several other sexual assault scenes. I can't say that the film is a good film, but I do believe that it is worth seeing if you are interested in the genre.


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