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0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Address : TY Bldg., 2-22-18 Minami-Aoyama,
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 Japan
Tel : 81-50-5810-1356
Fax: 81-3-5786-7138
E-mail : intl@gaga.co.jp


HATSU-KOI (FIRST LOVE)


Japanese Official Website : http://www.hatsu-koi.jp



hatsu-koi_01.jpgSTORY

The writer of the original novel, Misuzu Nakahara, confesses her involvement in the 300 Million Yen Affair...
In the chaotic days of the 1960s, Misuzu, a lonely high school girl from a troubled family, finds sanctuary with her nihilistic brother, Ryo, and his friends. They pass their days hanging around a shadowy cafe bar, indulging themselves in a life of sex, drugs and alcohol. Social unrest simmers, while their relationships gradually falter. Misuzu gets drawn into a dangerous plot against society that was hatched by one of the rebellious youths, Kishi; they will rob a bank car of 300 million yen! The two accomplices set out for numerous rehearsals, while in their hearts they secretly and quietly become even closer. Then one rainy day, aided by coincidence, they pull off their heist successfully, which has a huge impact throughout Japan. However, it brings Misuzu only a great sense of loss and sadness, which she had never anticipated...


hatsu-koi_02.jpgYukinari Hanawa - Writer/Director

Born in 1965 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Hanawa worked part-time in the movie industry from his high school days. After gaining experience in a series of Nikkatsu Roman Porno productions, he worked with directors Shun Nakahara (Neko no youni) and Kaizo Hayashi (Circus Boys, Stairway to the Distant Past) as an assistant director. His directorial debut in 1995, Tokyo Skin, was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 10th Fukuoka International Film Festival, and received high praise from Chen Kaige. In 1999 he commenced filmmaking study for one year in Australia, with government support. Along with Hatsu-koi, 2006 will see completion of his Fairy Tale of Sands, which was shot in a documentary style in Egypt.





hatsu-koi_03.jpgAoi Miyazaki

Born in 1985 in Tokyo. Miyazaki drew international acclaim for her role as the survivor of a traumatic bus hijack in Shinji Aoyama's Eureka. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2000, and resulted in her receiving the Best New Actress Award of the Japanese Professional Movie Awards. Later, she won Best Actress Awards in the Nantes Festival of the 3 Continents and the Cinemanila International Film Festival for her convincing performance in Harmful Insect. She teamed up with Aoyama again in Eli, Eli, rema, sabachthani?, an Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes 2005. Later in the same year, the title role in the hugely successful Nana boosted her to a new level of popularity. She has been featured in many TV commercials and fashion magazines, and has established herself as one of the most dependable young actresses of her generation. This is the third time (after Eureka and The Motive) that she has co-starred with her real-life brother, actor Masaru Miyazaki.



hatsu-koi_04.jpgThe 300 Million Yen Affair - Unsolved Mystery

On the rainy morning of December 10, 1968, in a Tokyo suburb, a motorcycle policeman stopped a bank car carrying 300 million yen in cash (current value $25 million) intended as bonuses for Toshiba employees. The policeman asked the occupants of the vehicle to step out while he inspected the vehicle, saying that there had been a bomb threat. As they complied, believing the fire from a smoke canister to be dynamite, he drove off in the vehicle and made his escape. Despite more than 150 bits of evidence left behind, and 160,000 policemen investigating some 12,000 suspects at a cost of almost one billion yen, no one was arrested and the stolen money was never found. The case was officially closed in 1975, as prescribed by law. The heist was so simple, yet coolly and precisely carried out, that it became one of the biggest mysteries of the 20th century in Japan, and spawned many books, films and TV dramas based on speculation. The composite photo of the suspect in the white police helmet has become an indelible image in many people#s memory.




CREDITS
Misuzu - Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka, Harmful Insect, Nana, Eli, Eli, rema, sabachthani?)
Kishi - Keisuke Koide (Pacchigi!)
Ryo - Masaru Miyazaki (Eureka, The Motive)
Yuka - Rena Komine (August in the Water, Labyrinth of Dreams)
Takeshi - Yu Emoto (Spring Snow, Yaji and Kita - The Midnight Pilgrims)
Tetsu - Tadahiro Aoki (Sea Monkey)
Yasu - Yuya Matsuura

Written and Directed by Yukinari Hanawa (Tokyo Skin)
Written by Harumi Ichikawa and Tetsuro Kamogawa
Based on the Novel by Misuzu Nakahara
Produced by Shigeo Minakami and Shusaku Matsuoka
Cinematography by Junichi Fujisawa (Quille, Battle Royale II)
Lighting by Nariyuki Ueda (Be With You)
Production Design by Iwao Saito (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, The Grudge)
Edited by Nobuko Tomita (Ashura, Onmyoji II)
Original Music by COIL
Theme Song "Requiem in Blue" by Chitose Hajime

A GAGA Films Production

2006 / 35mm / 114 mins. / Theatrical Release in Japan: June 10, 2006

(C) 2006 GAGA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

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