Entertainment02 December 2022
Netflix series First Love, inspired by Hikaru Utada‘s songs "First Love" and "Hatsukoi" is celebrating its entry into the global Netflix Top 10. The series currently ranks #8 across all Non-English Series. It has also entered the Top 10 across 11 countries and has taken the prime position in Taiwan and Japan, now for the 5th consecutive day in its originating country.
First Love is directed and written by Yuri Kanchiku, and starring Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satoh and tells a spectacular, cross-generational love story that spans over more than 20 years.
To celebrate the success of the series Netflix today gave fans a look behind the scenes, revealing exclusive BTS imagery including 4 shots of Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Satoh, Rikako Yagi, and Taisei Kido-who do not have any scenes together in the series due to their roles as Yae and Harumichi-as well as additional photos of the cast.
About First Love****:
The series co-stars Hikari Mitsushima (Sawako Decides) as Yae Noguchi, and Takeru Satoh (Ruroni Kenshin films) as Harumichi Namiki, high school sweethearts who meet in the late 90s. Each pursues their dreams while trying to stay together, but fate has other things planned for them, and two decades later, Yae is a single mom to a teenage son, while Harumichi is engaged to marry someone else. However, they soon discover that their love story is not quite over. The director and writer for the series is Yuri Kanchiku, known for her work in not only scripted features, but also documentaries, scripted dramas and music videos since her debut in 2004. For Utada, who has written various songs for scripted series and films in the past, this will be the first ever scripted series directly inspired by their songs.