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Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)

Jigoku de naze warui (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

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Sion Sono

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Sion Sono (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jun Kunimura ... Muto
Fumi Nikaidô ... Mitsuko Muto
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Ikegami
Hiroki Hasegawa ... Director Hirata
Gen Hoshino ... Koji Hashimoto
Tomochika Tomochika ... Shizue
Itsuji Itao ... Masuda
Hiroyuki Onoue Hiroyuki Onoue ... Detective Tanaka
Tak Sakaguchi ... Sasaki
Tetsu Watanabe ... Detective Kimura
Tasuku Nagaoka ... Mitsuo Yoshimura
Akihiro Kitamura ... Hitman
Megumi Kagurazaka ... Junko
Motoki Fukami Motoki Fukami ... Master
Tarô Suwa ... Sumita
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A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

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Second movement (Allegretto) of Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
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Groovy, but not flawless
19 January 2015 | by joris-nightwalkerSee all my reviews

Shion Sono, one of Japan's contemporary cult directors, makes a follow-up to cinephile hits like Suicide Club, Noriko's Dinner Table, Strange Circus, Hair Extensions, Love Exposure, Coldfish and Himizu. After The Land of Hope, his idiosyncratic sci-fi drama shot around the Fukushima disaster, the transgressive Sono makes another instant cult hit with Why Don't You Play in Hell? This definitely won't appeal to a mainstream audience and to be honest, at first I had quite some difficulties watching it myself. It all seems a bit over the top and because of that it felt amateuristic. On the other hand I suppose this is the authentic style Sono is known for. With some patience I endured the first half an hour. Once I got familiar with its peculiarities, irony, meta-references and subversive character, this film started to grow on me. Especially the part of the young movie team that has been procrastinating their film project for years; while this is more of a sideline to the story, Why Don't You Play in Hell? depends on it for its absurd climax. The only thing I couldn't get into was the over-the-top acting. Cool movie with a high DIY vibe, although not flawless.


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,060, 9 November 2014

Gross USA:

$28,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,265,872
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