Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 7, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2015
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deliriously manic and gleefully tasteless, Why Don't You Play in Hell? delivers infectious genre fun.

Steve Dollar
Wall Street Journal

A blood-soaked gang saga that builds to a madcap battle royal.

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Simon Abrams

A middle-aged filmmaker's tribute to the kind of epic-sized gangster-romance he used to fantasize about making.

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Sean Axmaker

This is pure midnight movie, all energy and whimsy and cartoonish displays of violence with yakuza soldiers dressed as samurai swordsmen.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Goofball antics and a terrific, raucous finale can't make up for the essential slackness of its repetitive comedy and punk chest thumping.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's sentimentally absurd, violent, frenetic, trashy, romantic and filled with loud pop music.

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Alonso Duralde

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.

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Nick Schager
AV Club

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.

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Amanda Waltz
The Film Stage

Defined by a sanguineous sense of humor and unpretentious spirit, [it] makes for a stylish, self-aware, if somewhat lagging romp about film culture and creative ambitions.

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