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Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Free Film Screening at the Japan Foundation


Based on a screenplay master filmmaker Sion Sono wrote nearly fifteen years ago, Why Don't You Play In Hell?is among his very best work, as his trademark excess and outrageousness is infused with an affection for the previous century of Japanese cinema. This is Sion Sono with his talent and unique vision completely unleashed.

There's a war going on, but that won't stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The Fxxx Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The Fxxx Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death...on 35mm!

Endlessly irreverent and wildly, hilariously visceral, this film is a Tarantinoesque ode to the yakuza films of yore, and features an over-the-top, blood-soaked finale for the ages.

*In Japanese with English subtitles

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