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TOKYO TRIBE
2014, XYZ Films, 116 min, Japan, Dir: Sion Sono

Based on the manga by Santa Inoue, this action-packed drama from writer-director Sion Sono envisions a Tokyo of the near future beset by gang warfare. When the non-violent leader of the Musashino Saru tribe is killed by the head of the Bukuro Wu-Ronz tribe, ultra-violence ensues. Starring Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Ryuta Sato, Akihiro Kitamura and Hitomi Katayama. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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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