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Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Jigoku de Naze Warui?

Japan | 2013 | 126 minutes | Sion Sono

An amateur filmmaking crew called the F*ck Bombers use documentary and flash-mob techniques to film whatever mayhem they encounter, stumbling into a gory war between Yakuza factions.

May 24, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 26, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Midnight Adrenaline films, it’s this—never, ever mess with the Yakuza. But sometimes, you’ve got a dream, and the only way to make it come true is to enlist their help. Hirata yearns to be a big time movie director: he’s got a camera crew, the Fuck Bombers, and a leading man, who he’s promised to make Japan’s answer to Bruce Lee (complete with nunchucks and yellow jumpsuit). Meanwhile in town, the Ikegami clan attacks their rival crime boss Muto’s wife, only to have her wipe out their top hitmen with a butcher’s knife. Unfortunately, the bad press surrounding the attack leads to Muto’s beloved daughter, Mitsuko, having her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Ten years later, with his wife’s release from prison imminent, Muto’s only desire is for her to see Mitsuko’s first big-screen movie, one that doesn’t exist. Enter Hirata and the Fuck Bombers, who bring together the two rival clans to film the ultimate gang-war showdown. Cult director Sion Sono’s newest offering is an outrageous and perverse piece of outré cinema with a deliriously over the top, blood-soaked, sword-slashing finale.

Director Biography

Poet and filmmaker Sion Sono was born in Toyokawa City, Japan. In 1985, while enrolled in Housei University, Sono began creating short films which were shown at the Pia Film Festival. In 2001 Sono won the Fantasia Festival Grand Jury Prize for Most Groundbreaking Film & Groundbreaker Award for his film Suicide Club.

Sponsored by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, Scarecrow Video, Delta Air Lines

Director: Sion Sono
Principal Cast: Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Fumi Nikaidô, Tomochika, Tak Sakaguchi
Country: Japan
Year: 2013
Running Time: 126 minutes
Producer: Takeshi Suzuki, Takuyuki Matsuno
Screenplay: Sion Sono
Cinematographers: Hideo Yamamoto
Editors: Sion Sono
Music: Sion Sono
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Toronto Film Festival 2013 (Midnight Madness Audience Award), Fantastic Fest 2013 (Gutbuster Comedy: Best Picture, Best Director)
Filmography: The Land of Hope (2012); Himizu (2011); Guilty of Romance (2011); Cold Fish (2010); Be Sure to Share (2009); Love Exposure (2008); Exte: Hair Extensions (2007); Hazard (2006); Noriko’s Dinner Table (2006); Strange Circus (2005); Into a Dream (2005); Suicide Club (2001); Utsushimi (1999); Dankon: the Man (1998); Keiko Desu Kedo (1997); Bad Film (1995); The Room (1993); Bicycle Sighs (1990); Decisive Match! (1988); Boy’s Dorm vs Girl’s Dorm (1988); A Man’s Flower Road (1986); I Am Sono Sion! (1985)
Language: Japanese
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
International Sales: T-JOY Co., Ltd.
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