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Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (地獄でなぜ悪い, Jigoku de naze warui, literally What's so bad about hell?) is a 2013 Japanese film directed, written and scored by Sion Sono.[2][3]

Why Don't You Play in Hell?
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Directed bySion Sono
Written bySion Sono
StarringJun Kunimura
Shinichi Tsutsumi
Fumi Nikaidō
Hiroki Hasegawa
Gen Hoshino
Music bySion Sono
CinematographyHideo Yamamoto
Edited byJun'ichi Itô
Distributed byDrafthouse Films (United States)
Release date
  • September 2013 (2013-09) (Japan)
  • November 7, 2014 (2014-11-07) (United States)
Running time
129 minutes
Box office$1,200,000[1]

The film is an action film based on a 15-year old screen play written by Sono, and has been described by him as having similarities with Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.[2] North American distributor Drafthouse Films announced its acquisition before it made its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, planning a 2014 release in theatres and VOD after its premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[4] At Toronto the film won the People's Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section.[5]


There's a gang war going on, but that won't stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The Fuck 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 Fuck Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death on 35mm.



At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 70, based on 10 reviews.[6]


  1. ^ "Why Don't You Play in Hell". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i HPriest (2012-09-21). "Sono Sion announces his new movie 'Jigoku de Naze Warui'". TokyoHive. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  3. ^ Todd Brown (2012-09-23). "Sono Sion Planning To Go Blockbuster With WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?". Screen Anarchy. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  4. ^ Jeremy Kay (2013-08-22). "Drafthouse Films to play in Hell". Screendaily. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  5. ^ "TIFF 2013: 12 Years a Slave wins film fest's top prize". Toronto Star. 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  6. ^ "Why Don't You Play in Hell? Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2017-12-27.

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