Hikari Mitsushima (right) and Takeru Satoh in a still from Netflix Japanese drama First Love. Photo: Netflix
Hikari Mitsushima (right) and Takeru Satoh in a still from Netflix Japanese drama First Love. Photo: Netflix
Stephen McCarty
Opinion

Opinion

What a view by Stephen McCarty

Netflix Japanese series First Love takes romance through the years, and puts it under a slow-burning microscope

  • Rikako Yagi and Taisei Kido play school sweethearts in First Love, while Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satoh play them as adults
  • Meanwhile, Shantaram on AppleTV+ follows Charlie Hunnam’s anti-hero, who escapes from prison in Australia, and hides out in Bombay

Hikari Mitsushima (right) and Takeru Satoh in a still from Netflix Japanese drama First Love. Photo: Netflix
Hikari Mitsushima (right) and Takeru Satoh in a still from Netflix Japanese drama First Love. Photo: Netflix
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