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WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?
JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI
2013, Drafthouse Films, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Sion Sono

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s People's Choice Midnight Madness Award! Described by its provocative writer-director as “an action film about the love of 35mm,” Sion Sono’s 31st film was penned some 15 years ago, long before digital cinema became the norm. A violent confrontation with a rival yakuza clan leaves a mob boss's wife in prison and his daughter’s performing career derailed. Some down-on-their-luck moviemakers may be able to give the aspiring actress a boost - but they are walking into a bloodbath. Impossible to categorize and astonishing to experience, WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is a visceral and visual rush unlike anything else. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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