Hatsukoi

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Hatsukoi

First Love

TAKASHI Miike
Japan/GB, 2019
Features, 108min, OmeU

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Hatsukoi

TAKASHI Miike
Japan/GB, 2019
Features, 108min, OmeU

Sat
02
Nov
23:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Mon
04
Nov
23:00
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Becky
Julie
Sakurako Konishi
Monica
Masataka Kubota
Leo
Jun Murakami
Ichikawa
Screenplay: 
Masa Nakamura
Sound: 
Jun Nakamura
Camera: 
Nobuyasu Kita
Editor: 
Akira Kamiya
Composer: 
Koji Endo
Decoration: 
Takeshi Shimizu

Production: 
OLM
Recorded Picture Company
World Sales: 
Hanway
Format: 
DCP
Color

The prolific Japanese filmmaker (more than a hundred films) keeps finding new and exciting ways to create great action scenes and equally wild stories to go with them. And HATSUKOI is a superb example of his apparently infinite reserves to do precisely that. This is a classic yakuza war story, albeit told from the point of view of two people – Leo, a young boxer, and a prostitute known as “Monica” – who find themselves in the middle of chaos through an intricate, complex, and absurd set of circumstances. For them, there’s no other choice than to escape and sometimes to face the violence that surrounds them, finding an unexpected personal connection through the ordeal. But the main attraction here is the staging of the fights and the action scenes. And they are wonderful to watch in a film that starts off as a serious thriller and slowly becomes funnier and crazier. A long battle and a series of car chases are the centerpiece of the last part of the film. But instead of boring us with the same repetitive CGI action mess we see in most of the superhero or big Hollywood movies, it becomes a wild and exhilarating expression of pure cinema, Miike-style. (Diego Lerer)

Takashi Miike: SHINJUKU KILLERS (1995), THE THIRD YAKUZA (1996), FUDOH: THE NEW GENERATION (1996), RAINY DOG (1997), FULL METAL YAKUZA (1997), AUDITION (1999), ICHI THE KILLER (2001), KOROSHIYA 1 (2001), LIKE A DRAGON (2007), ZATOICHI (2007), DETECTIVE STORY (2007), FOR LOVE’S SAKE (2012), LESSON OF THE EVIL (2012), SHIELD OF STRAW (2013), AS THE GODS WILL (2014), YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (2015), BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (2017), LAPLACE’S WITCH (2018)