Why Don't You Play in Hell?
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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 Fuck Bombers, an eager… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A blood-soaked gang saga that builds to a madcap battle royal."
‑ Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal
"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
"Sono achieves a level of insanity that most filmmakers wouldn't even dare to challenge, turning Why Don't You Play In Hell? into a uniquely decadent cinematic treat that delivers exactly as advertised."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"A middle-aged filmmaker's tribute to the kind of epic-sized gangster-romance he used to fantasize about making."
‑ Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
"[Why Don't You Play in Hell? isn't] for everyone-it's not even for every diehard movie buff-but for fans of Asian shock cinema it's a treat."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"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, Salon.com
"From sudden zooms and abrupt freeze frames to lengthy tracking shots, slow-motion, and CG-enhanced fantasy interludes, Why Don't You Play In Hell? boasts an aesthetic insanity to match its uninhibited narrative."
‑ Nick Schager, AV Club
"Alternately exhilarating and tedious, Why Don't You Play In Hell? is Sono's tribute to moviemaking."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"A creative, barnstorming movie that feeds off mayhem in a most entertaining fashion, finding swirling inspiration from a swarm of cinematic highlights. It's original and absolutely furious."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Why Don't You Play in Hell? isn't for everyone, but neither was Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. Genius is genius, no matter how many audience members may riot."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Delivers adrenaline, chutzpah, and fake blood by the bucket-load, continually confounding audience expectations while offering up a twisted valentine to moviemaking in general and the disappearing medium of 35mm film in particular."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"A Quentin Tarantino knockoff from Japan, "Why Don't You Play in Hell?" has some of the master's nutty energy but little of his cleverness."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Smiles and blood and pure, unadulterated affection for everything that cinema is capable of."
‑ William Bibbiani, CraveOnline
"What Hell has in spades, though, is a manic energy that's becoming the calling card of Sono's filmography."
‑ Sean O'Connell, CinemaBlend.com
"Why Don't You Play in Hell? pulsates with manic energy."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
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