First Love

Friday, November 8 | 8 pm

Saturday, November 9 | 8 pm

Sunday, November 10 | 5:30 pm

First Love finds the prolific provacateur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting naively caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme. 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 crosshairs of two warring gangs. Over the course of a single  increasingly ridiculous night in Tokyo, a soulful meet-cute between the two innocents transpires — one injected with that signature brand of poetic pandemonium that audiences have grown to revere over the course of Miike’s now 104 directing credits.

Director Takashi Miike | 2019 | In Japanese with English subtitles | 108 minutes | NR | DCP

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