Τρίτη, 10 Αυγούστου 2010

HATSU-KOI (FIRST LOVE) (2006).

Hatsukoi (First love).
Director Kouichi Imaizumi
Japan, Runtime(min) 99
Actors: Hiroshi Murakami, Teppen Matsunoki, Ryya Kawashima, Shinji Horie, Kei Shibata, Kiyomi Ito, Hotaru Hazuki, Kouichi Imaizumi, Takao Kawaguchi, Mai Kawana, Shibata Kei, Takahiko Kobayashi, Shusaku Nohara, Kawashima Ryoya, Mioo Sat, Horie Shinji, Matsunoki Teppen
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Summary: Tadashi, in his last year of high school, is secretly in love with his classmate Kota, but dares not tell him about it. One summer day, he was picked on by his classmates calling him "Fag!" which shooed Kota away from him. Deeply hurt and depressed, Tadashi spotted on the train a gay couple - Hiroki and Shinji - who were chatting so happily that he followed the two men and before he knew it...
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Reviews: No matter the age, falling in love remains always a first time. But the very first time, this shows Hatsu-koi realistically in a fresh and unpretentious way, is especially full of traps and insecurities and might imprint the pattern for life: it is alike exiting and dangerous. The adventures of young Tadashi is of global validity, touching themes like mobbing, homo marriage and different shades of sexual behaviour, with the specific taste of today’s Japanese environment young gay people find themselves in.
-- Wieland Speck, director of Panorama, Berlin International Film Festival

(part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).
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