First Love is the latest film from Takashi Miike, a prolific director who is known for his explicit representations of sex and violence in his films. His unflinching willingness to tackle more taboo subjects has gained him cult status in the West as well as popularity at home in Japan.
After losing a match, young boxer Leo meets Monica, a call girl and addict who has become embroiled in a drug-smuggling plot. After helping Monica escape, the two are pursued by a corrupt cop, a Yakuza and a female assassin sent by the Chinese triads, over the course of one night in Tokyo.
“Relentlessly, outrageously entertaining” Screen Daily
“A Tarantino-style rollercoaster ride” The Hollywood Reporter