|Hatsukoi Jigokuhen (Nanami, The Inferno of First Love)|
Poster to the film, Nanami, The Inferno of First Love
|Directed by||Susumu Hani|
|Produced by||Tomoji Fujii|
|Written by||Susumu Hani|
|Music by||Tōru Takemitsu|
|Edited by||Susumu Hani|
|Distributed by||Art Theatre Guild|
|May 25, 1968|
Hatsukoi Jigokuhen (初恋・地獄篇) is a 1968 film directed by Susumu Hani and co-scripted by him with Shūji Terayama. It is one of Hani's best known works. In the West, it is known as Chiaki Nanami, The Inferno of First Love or as Chiaki Nanami, First Love. The movie focuses on the pain of emerging from adolescence. The film competed for the Golden Bear award at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival in 1968.
- Haruo Asanu – Algebra
- Kazuko Fukuda – Mrs. Otagaki, Shun's stepmother
- Kuniko Ishii – Chiaki Nanami
- Ichirō Kimura – Psychiatrist
- Kazuo Kimura – Doctor
- Kōji Mitsui – Mr. Otagaki, Shun's stepfather
- Misako Miyato – Mother
- Kimiko Nakamura – Ankokuji's wife
- Akio Takahashi – Shun
- Minoru Yuasa – Ankokuji
The film grossed over $1 million in Japan.
Many film scholars consider this work to be one of Hani's major achievements, while others judge the film to be commercial and exploitive.
The film was originally released in the United States with 20 minutes cut.
- "Susumu Hani's Low Budget Saga". Variety. 15 October 1969. p. 22.
- "Awards for Hatsukoi: Jigoku-hen". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- Desser, David (1985). "The Inferno of First Love (Hatsukoi Jigoku-Hen". In Frank N. Magill (ed.). Magill's Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films; Volume 3. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press. p. 1480. ISBN 0-89356-247-5.
- Buehrer, Beverley (1990). "Nanami-- The Inferno of First Love (1968) Hatsukoi jigokuhen". Japanese Films: A Filmography and Commentary, 1921-1989. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland. pp. 195–197. ISBN 0-89950-458-2.
- Desser, David (1985). "The Inferno of First Love (Hatsukoi Jigoku-Hen)". In Frank N. Magill (ed.). Magill's Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films; Volume 3. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press. pp. 1480–1485. ISBN 0-89356-247-5.
- Hatsukoi Jigokuhen at IMDb
- Film Review by Jasper Sharp
- Hatsukoi Jigokuhen at the Japanese Movie Database (in Japanese)
- Hatsukoi Jigokuhen at AllMovie
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