21st Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 18-28, 2024

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2024

Why Don't You Play in Hell (JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI)

Japan, 2013 : Calgary Premiere
Archives 2014
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Thu, Apr 10 11:45 PM Buy
Sun, Apr 13 3:45 PM Buy


Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto’s own home, only to have Muto’s wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto’s wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto’s beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air.

Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire: to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The Fuck Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they’ll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ultra-violent ending for the ages.

Sion Sono's thirty-first feature is an ode to 35mm film. WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is filled with Sono’s trademark excess and outrageousness and is infused with an affection for the Japanese films that have come before it.


Toronto International Film Festival 2013
Fantastic Fest 2013
Sitges 2013

press for Why Don't You Play in Hell (JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI)

"It's brash, funny, sexy, unrepentently stylish, endlessly surprising and - most important of all - simply great fun."
- Twitch Film


Comedy / Action / Thriller / Suspense

Japanese with English Subtitles
126 Minutes


Director, Writer:
Sion Sono

Takeshi Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Takuyuki Matsuno

Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Fumi Nikaido



Winner, Public's Choice Award Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013

Winner, People's Choice Award Midnight Madness Toronto International Film Festival 2013