First Love (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

First Love (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

First Love (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)

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First Love (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Takashi Miike
Starring: Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shôta Sometani

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.

Takashi Miike is back with another wild movie that deals with the Yakuza, drugs, bad cops, a boxer, and love in his movie First Love. This isn’t Miike at his most extreme, but this is a movie full of his weird sense of humor and does pack some violence that he is also known for. The character work is also strong here as well with most the characters having something that really stands out about them. No matter if they are trying to get over drugs, dealing with a brain tumor that is about to kill them, hating on the Chinese, or any of the other odd things that all these people seem to have going on. Things can get slightly confusing here and there (totally worth a re-watch anyway), but I had fun with it and think all Miike fans will as well.

So, yeah, it’s not Ichi the Killer or anything like that but it just feel right and at home to see Miike dealing with this type of plot and these types of characters. One of the best things about this one here is the unpredictability that the plot comes with. You just have no idea where this one is going and how this one is going to end-up. We have some twists and turns along the way. Most are violent but all are pretty funny. I’m a long-time Miike fan and I think one is another good one from him. If you’ve liked what you’ve seen from him over the years (and it has been a lot of stuff to see from him) you should like this one enough. I don’t think it’s near his best, but even just a good effort from him is better than most.


  • Trailers
  • English dub

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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