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Film of the Week

January 9, 2015

• Nicole Malek

Name: Why Don't You Play in Hell?

What I loved about it: 

We LOVE movies about moviesWhy Don’t You Play in Hell is no exception. It’s an action comedy about how a few incredibly enthusiastic filmmakers suddenly find themselves making a movie about the Yakuza for the Yakuza. Various hijinks and all sorts of boisterous fun ensue with a group of colorful characters as lovable as they are violent. Best of all, it combines fancy-shmancy French New Wave references with the kind of heart-pounding, blood-gushing exaggerated action that is just plain fun to watch. 

Why you should watch it: 

Upon seeing Why Don’t You Play in Hell? at TIFF’s Midnight Madness line up, Todd Brown of Twitch Film said, “Mark my words: If another film brings even half the level of does Sono Sion's Why Don't You Play In Hell, I will eat my shirt. Literally. I will cut up the shirt I am wearing right now — which I quite like, incidentally— I will cook it into a stew, and I will eat it.”

....need we say more?

Where you can watch it:

A bunch of places, thankfully! It's on Google Play, VUDU, and Amazon.

Who made it:

Sion Sono is a Japanese filmmaker, author, and poet. He is a prolific creator, having written and directed dozens of awesome movies. He has several recurring collaborators, including Jun Kunimura (who also appeared in Kill Bill Volume 1, to which many critics are comparing Why Don't You Play in Hell?).


Nicole Malek

Community Manager, Seed&Spark



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