Why Don't You Play in Hell?, a genre-defying film from Japan's legendary Sion Sono, will be coming to U.S. theaters on November 7th. The film was shown at Japan Society this past July as a co-presentation of the Society's JAPAN CUTS festival of contemporary Japanese cinema and the 13th annual New York Asian Film Festival. Programmed as JAPAN CUTS' opening night feature film and followed by a party, Why Don't You Play in Hell? was a big hit, and soon U.S. audiences will have the opportunity of experiencing for themselves the zany joy that it produces.
Master filmmaker Sono, whose previous films include Suicide Club (2001), Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) Love Exposure (2008), and Cold Fish (2010), 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 works, 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.
Synopsis: 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 an ode to the yakuza films of yore and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale.
Why Don't You Play In Hell? will be reviewed here at AsianCineFest sometime during the week preceding it's theatrical opening on November 7th.