First Love (Hatsukoi)  (review)

First Love (Hatsukoi)  (review)
First Love (Hatsukoi)  (review)
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Takashi Miike is a prolific Japanese director (more than 60 films in 13 years), but this may be the first to play locally. The story isn’t especially original. It involves a young boxer and the girl he rescues from a typical tale of drugs, gangs and a corrupt cop. Littered between the couple’s interactions are chases and fights, all of which are frenzied, but not special. If this the best example for import of Miike’s work, I don’t see any reason to see more. It’s not bad, just not in any way exceptional. Japanese with subtitles. (Criterion Cinemas only)


2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)


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