Monday, February 29, 2016

BITE-SIZED REVIEW: Why Don't You Play In Hell?




Written and directed by Sion Sono, the current enfant terrible of Japanese genre cinema.

At its heart, this movie is a love letter to independent filmmaking. I'm not talking Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, I'm talking get-out-a-camcorder-and-filming-your-friends-in-your-backyard level.

The main characters are fuck-ups. Dreaming of becoming the next blockbuster directors, they are well past the age where getting a normal job is an option. Thanks to an insanely intricate series of circumstances, they get a chance at fulfilling their celluloid dreams.

I don't want to blow the third act, but it involves a lot of yakuza.

This movie is the equivalent of a joke. However, the setup takes over an hour. While this might feel a tad tedious, when the punchline comes, the laughs come hard and fast. As do the bullets, swords and geysers of viscera.

There is so much goodness here and I do not want to spoil it. If you have the chance, please grab a bunch of your more unhinged friends and feast your eyes!

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