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First Love (2019, Japan / UK) Review

First Love (2019, Japan) Review

About to enter his fourth decade of filmmaking and with over 100 movies to his name, Takashi Miike is one of the most prolific filmmakers working today. With such a huge output (averaging four films per year) his work can vary in genre and in quality. Some of Miike’s crime features can be humorless and gory, but his latest feature First Love, sees him at his most anarchically playful, his trademark ultra-violence is present, but here it is tempered by black comedy and a touch of romance. First Love is the kind of film that is a treat for genre fans who are familiar with Asian gangster tropes.

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SAMURAI MARATHON on Digital HD (20 January) & FIRST LOVE in UK Cinemas + Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD (14th February) from Signature Entertainment

SAMURAI MARATHON on Digital HD (20 January) & FIRST LOVE in UK Cinemas + Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD (14th February) from Signature Entertainment

Inspired by a real-life race that is still held annually in Japan, Samurai Marathon is an epic sword slasher from director Bernard Rose and the team behind 13 Assassins and The Last Emperor.

Visionary director Takashi Miike also returns to the big screen with the wildly entertaining Tarantino-esque crime thriller First Love.

“For 260 years, Japan cut itself off from the world.”

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Fifteen Years of Fantastic Fest: Celebrating the Weird and Wonderful Genre Films from Across the World!

Fantastic Fest 2019

Reaching the milestone of fifteen years, Fantastic Fest blasts off with the widest selection of weird and wonderful genre films gathered from across the world to screen in Austin, TX, from September 19-26, 2019, bringing a diverse array of global filmmakers for a highly-controlled explosion of curated cinematic mayhem.

“Our fifteenth year is a one-of-a-kind of celebration of the cinema we champion: brilliant and out-there.”

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