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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.


Sion Sono


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


A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

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Action | Comedy


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A Batshit Crazy Riot From Start To Finish.
20 January 2015 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Insane, maddening, deranged, maniacal & batshit crazy from the very beginning to the very end, Why Don't You Play in Hell? is an intensely entertaining, extremely enjoyable & ridiculously fun cinema from Sion Sono that parodies a whole lot of things, is filled with frenzied performances & is undoubtedly last year's funniest film.

Why Don't You Play in Hell? concerns an amateur film crew that films anything n everything but has been waiting for its big break for over a decade. Their moment arrives when they are hired by a yakuza boss who, despite being in the middle of a feud with another yakuza clan, wants to finish the film starring his daughter as soon as possible in order to screen it for his wife's homecoming.

Written & directed by Sion Sono, the film opens with a brief ad segment & from then on, only gets crazier as the story progresses. It parodies many different films from Enter the Dragon to Kill Bill, its humour goes in all places, characters are raving lunatics, performances are wild, music is awesome but it's still got a lot of heart which makes it an enjoyable watch.

On an overall scale, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is a commendable work of quality despite its unhinged production, is sensibly composed even though its storyline goes completely bonkers & is at its bloodiest best during the final act. Hilarious as hell, an irresistible fun ride & easily the most amusing works of the year, this absolute riot of laughter & craziness comes highly recommended.

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Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,060, 9 November 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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