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Why Don't You Play In Hell?

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About the Movie

Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto's own home, only to have Muto's wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto's wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto's beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire - to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The F-Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they'll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ending for the ages. Described by acclaimed director Sion Sono as "an action film about the love of 35mm," and based on a screenplay he wrote nearly 15 years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is among Sono's best work as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the Japanese films that have come before it. This is Sion Sono at his most endearing and awesome.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Goofball antics and a terrific, raucous finale can't make up for the essential slackness of its repetitive comedy and punk chest thumping. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 6, 2014

Fresh: Irresistible trashy fun in a cross-genre free-for-all. – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 13, 2013

Fresh: Sono is so pure of heart, so full of enthusiasm and insane imagination and unwavering loyalty to the movie gods, long after the rest of us have stopped believing, that I forgive him everything. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Nov 7, 2014

Fresh: The film's blast of self-mocking overkill can be charming. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Nov 4, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Amazing! A film fanatics dream come true!

A slapstick, comedy gore fest made by a cinephile for cinephiles. It is too awesome for any of my words to do this film justice. Just know that it is a really good time & beautifully made film. The plot revolves around a rival between two yakuza families, a toothpaste commercial, a jailed mothers dream of stardom for her daughter & a team of young film lovers trying to make their own films. (That's the best I can do in a short time) I am very happy that I was able to buy this here.

A Masterpiece to Die For

Sion Sono depicts his love for 35 mm film in this suspenseful masterpiece. Expect nothing short of brilliance from this fast-paced, interwoven complexity relating film, yakuza, and love worth dying for.

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