Starring Rena Tanaka, Mieko Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada Director Tetsuo Shinohara Category I An ordinary title for what is a beautifully written story, First Love is not the teenage romantic comedy you might first imagine. While her seriously ill mother lies in hospital, Sataka (Rena Tanaka) uncovers something hidden in her music box: a love letter written 24 years ago. Deciding to make her mother's dreams come true, Sataka heads off in search of this 'first love'. First Love does away with fancy style and relies on its script. It is down to earth, using simple and realistic filming techniques. The story encompasses different sorts of love - between family, lovers, and friends - and director Tetsuo Shinohara gives an insight into dealing with relationship problems. In a market full of dry commercial movies, First Love is an oasis. First Love is screening at Broadway Cinematheque.