初恋 (Hatsukoi) a.k.a. First Love

Hatsukoi

 

The 300 Million Yen Affair is one of the most well known unsolved crimes in Japan. The incident took place in the rainy morning of December 10, 1968 when the car that carried 300 million Yen was hijacked by a criminal wearing fake policeman outfit. Even though more than 100 evidences were left behind by the criminals, with 170,000 policemen against 110,000 suspects spending almost a billion yen in the investigation, nobody was arrested and the stolen money was never found. The investigation was officially closed for prescription in 1975.

初恋 (Hatsukoi) or First Love is the film based on an alleged autobiography of Misuzu Nakahara who claimed that she involved in the 300 Million Yen Affair when she was a high school student. Nobody knows the truth so the story in the film could be considered as fiction until further proof.

Aoi Miyazaki takes a leading role in this movie, portraying the young and restless Misuzu Nakahara. Her performance is the driving force of the movie and she did it wonderfully. Although the 300 Million Yen Affair is the main plot, the movie perfectly shows Japanese social problems in the 1960s. However, the pace of the movie is somehow very slow which is typical for the genre.

All in all, it’s an interesting drama if you are familiar with the 300 Million Yen Affair. Otherwise, it might be just another boring Japanese movie.

3 Stars out of 5 – recommend to those who want to see another theory regarding the mysterious 300 Million Yen Affair and Aoi Miyazaki‘s fans alike.

 

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