Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: First Love

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 11, 2020
Price: DVD $14.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $17.99
Studio: Well Go USA

The ever-prolific Japanese auteur Takashi Miike (Hara-Kiri: Death of a SamuraiBlade of the Immortal13 Assassins) is at his most fun and anarchic with the noir-tinged violent yakuza film First Love.

This wild, genre-blending story kicks off when a duplicitous scheme by a low-level yakuza, Kase (Shota Sometani) goes hilariously wrong, resulting in  a terminally ill boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota), and a disturbed drug addicted call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi), finding themselves innocently caught in the crosshairs of two warring gangs. Over the course of the increasingly ludicrous night, the two fall passionately in love, while the hail of bullets and blood fall quietly in the background.

Well-liked by critics–it garnered a 96% Fresh Rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 84 reviews– this noir-tinged, violent yakuza flick reveals Miike at his most fun and anarchic.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.