Why Don’t You Play in Hell? Directed by Shion Sono, 2013
"Quite possibly mankind's greatest achievement." David Ehrlich, Film.com
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 F★★★ 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 F★★★ 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.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Press Conference with Director Sion Sono; Epic 11×17 Fold-Out Poster by Comic Artist James Callahan; 24-page Booklet; Theatrical Trailers; Digital Download
Official Hot Docs Selection 2013, Official Selection Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2013, Official Selection 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston, Official Selection Nashville Film Festival 2013, Official Selection Riverrun International Film Festival 2013