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This film was last shown on 20 February 2020

Enjoy the prolific director Takashi Miike at his most playful and chaotic. First Love is a noir-tinged, genre-blending yakuza film about a young boxer and a call girl, who fall in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

Just in case you’re itching for some extra viewing material, Miike recently suggested 5 films about love and violence to watch before First Love – and they aren’t all his own!

  • Visitor Q, Takashi Miike (2001)

  • The Happiness of the Katakuris, Takashi Miike, (2001)

  • High and Low, Akira Kurosawa (1963)

  • Romeo and Juliet, Franco Zeffirelli (1968)

  • Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike (2001)


Takashi Miike
Japan, UK
2 hours 3 minutes
Sakurako Konishi, Takahiro Miura


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