Visionary director Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins, Ichi The Killer) returns to the big screen with the wildly entertaining Tarantino-esque crime thriller First Love. A boxer with a brain tumour, a crooked cop with terrible luck, an amputee Chinese gangster and a terrified call girl who’s stalked by a ghost in tighty whities come together in action-packed chaos. First Love is the story of Leo and Monica, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one raucous night of unadulterated mayhem in Tokyo.
You know its a Takashi Miike film when the opening scene shows a boxing match with a knockout punch and then flips to a head being cut off and falling into the street. Good Times are ahead!
The characters are fleshed out sufficiently to keep you engaged but the real treat is the Takashi moments of madness that pepper the film and some kind of blood splattering occurs frequently enough for you to know his style is all over this feature. The leads Monica ( Sakurako Konishi ) and Leo (Masataka Kubota) are likable and engage you on their journey that starts with Leo on a downward spiral of destruction due to getting some news that he's not long left in this world. Things take a turn when he meets Monica and thinking about what a fortune teller told him he decides to help Monica meet with a friend, if they could just get away from the cop, the gangsters and Monica's creepy ghost then all will be well.
Takashi Miike does what he does best, makes a dam entertaining film, if its your thing and you like it why not go on a date and take your girl or Guy to First Love. Happy Valentines