Takashi Miike, the prolific Japanese director of over 100 films, returns with a hysterically absurd crime thriller. Set against the Japanese underworld of the Yakuza and blending romance and slapstick with his signature over-the-top action and ultra-violence, Miike’s First Love follows Leo, a boxer who has just been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and Yuri, whose father has sold her to pay off his debts, as they passionately fall in love over the course of one night in Tokyo. When the two go on the run after a chance meeting, they find themselves at the center of a gang war and must rely on each other in order to survive the night in Miike’s wildly inventive and hilarious take on the gangster genre. First Love first screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Introduction by Miyabi Goto (UVA)
This screening is part of our 2020 VAFF at Violet Crown series.