[Press Release] Well Go USA Acquires U.S. Rights to Takashi Miike’s ‘First Love’


Dallas, Texas (July 2, 2019)Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike’s “First Love” following the world premiere in the Director’s Fortnight category 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 the first part of 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 about 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, one of my personal favorite Japanese actors (“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.


“Takashi Miike is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in international cinema today,” said Doris Pfardrescher, President & CEO of Well Go USA. “His new film, “First Love,” continues his extraordinary track record for interesting and provocative films and audiences will be blown away.”

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“First Love” was directed by Takashi Miike and written by Masaru Nakamura (“Sukiyaki Western Django,” “The Bird People In China”). The film is a Japanese/UK collaboration and is produced by Muneyuki Kii, Jeremy Thomas and Misako Saka, and executive produced by Shigeji Maeda, Hidehiro Itoh and Takara Kosugi.


Masataka Kubota is a personal favorite of mine.  He has a knack for playing unpredictable characters who are never quite what they seem.  It makes him fun to watch. I’m excited to see this when it is finally released in theaters later this year. 

(Images: Well Go USA Entertainment.)

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