Why Don't You Play In Hell? (12/20, 2:45pm)

“Mankind’s greatest achievement.” — David Erhlich, Film.com

The once-in-a-generation filmmaker behind Love Exposure, Cold Fish and Guilty of Romance is back with yet another endlessly irreverent, wild and hilariously visceral big-screen thrill that’s almost too much for words. Even in a cinematic landscape where every second or third Japanese film is totally crazy-pants, Sion Sono’s body of work is unparalleled in its ability to seamlessly blend a melee of outré ideas with such a solidly humanist core. His latest to hit Stateside, Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is a love letter to the yakuza movies of yore, to the local Cinefamily-esque “film clubs” of his youth and to 35mm film itself. There’s a war going on, but that won’t stop the inexperienced, wannabe crew The Fuck Bombers from making the ultimate action epic of their dreams. Their wish comes true in the form of a yakuza boss who, on the eve of his revenge against a deadly rival, bankrolls the Bombers’ masterpiece: a real, live blood-soaked gangster battle to the death — captured on 35mm! Infused with his trademark excess and outrageousness, this is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision totally unleashed.
Dir. Sion Sono, 2013, DCP, 130 min.

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