Master filmmaker Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish, Tokyo Tribe) describes his frenzied, gleeful new masterpiece as “an action film about the love of 35mm.” Featuring Sono’s trademark excess and outrageousness, 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 an inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew 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 filmmakers 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.
Director: Sion Sono
Details: 128 min. 14A 2013 Japan