In News, Events, News, International Cinema
Well Go USA Acquires Takashi Miike’s FIRST LOVE for Theatrical & Home Entertainment
Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike’s FIRST LOVE (初恋, Hatsukoi) following the world premiere in Director’s Fortnight at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA and HanWay Films with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. It will be released in select theaters later this year, with the digital and home entertainment release scheduled for first quarter 2020.
FIRST LOVE marks the fourth collaboration between Academy Award winning producer Jeremy Thomas (THE LAST EMPEROR) and Takashi Miike (BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL, HARA-KIRI, 13 ASSASSINS). The film is the prolific auteur at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. First Love stars Masataka Kubota (13 ASSASSINS, GINTAMA 2: RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN, TOKYO GHOUL), Nao Omori (ICHI THE KILLER), Shota Sometani (SAMURAI MARATHON) and newcomer Sakurako Konishi.