JAPAN – 2013 – 126 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY SION SONO
Master filmmaker Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE; COLD FISH) describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” Based on a screenplay he wrote nearly fifteen years ago, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is among Sono’s very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.
There's a war going on, but that won't stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The Fuck Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The Fuck Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death... on 35mm!
Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is a Tarantino-esque ode to the yakuza films of yore, and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.
“If you can make it till the end, there's one helluva payoff."
- NOW MAGAZINE
“[Sion Sono’s] movies, as they say, need to be seen to be believed.” (Feature on Sion Sono and WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?)
- THE NATIONAL POST
"It's brash, funny, sexy, unrepentently stylish, endlessly surprising and — most important of all — simply great fun."
- TWITCH FILM
"Japanese cult filmmaker Sion Sono deservedly snagged himself the audience choice award at last year’s edition of Midnight Madness for WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?”
“...Sono’s film is as lovely as it is demented."
"Over-the-top and around-the-bend every step of the way, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? doesn't lag for a second, playing fast and loose with reality while lampooning… a ferocious mania that's absolutely infectious."
“WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is cinema in its purest form. It is a wild ride that wears its love for the power of cinema on its sleeve and is unafraid of bathing in the blood of creative excess."
- CINEMA AXIS
"Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono always serves you a feast."
- POST CITY NEWS
“WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF’s 2013 Midnight Madness: it’s as gleefully smart an entry in that specialized genre as you’re likely to find."
- THE NATIONAL POST
“...for fans of ridiculous, over-the-top Japanese splatter films, this is one you cannot miss out on."
- TORONTO FILM SCENE
“...this movie could be his most accessible and entertaining picture yet."
- DIGITAL JOURNAL
“...the project maintains momentum by way of its sheer lunacy and intelligence…"
- THE SEVENTH ART
"With its absurdist set pieces, rapid-fire tone changes, and gore that would raise eyebrows in an abattoir, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is by any measure one hell of a ride."
"...a hilarious, mind-blowingly extravagant gorefest."
- THE ROAMING LIFE
"...a nonstop, in-your-face, rip-roaring piece of Japanese film that is as unique as it is fascinating."
- BLOODY UNDERRATED
A Perplexed, Thrilled Midnight Madness Audience Talks About WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?
- TIFF MIDNIGHT MADNESS BLOGSPOT
"...a crazy ride the whole way through"
- SKETCHY MUSINGS