|WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (JIGOKU DE NAZE WARUI) (director/writr: Sion Sono; cinematographer: Hideo Yamamoto; editor: Junichi Ito; music: Sion Sono; cast: Jun Kunimura (Muto), Tak Sakaguchi (Sasaki), Fumi Nikaidô (Mitsuko Muto), Nanoka Hara (young Mitsuko Muto), Shin'ichi Tsutsumi (Ikegami), Hiroki Hasegawa (Director Hirata), Tomochika ( Shizue), Gen Hoshino (Koji Hashimoto); Runtime: 129; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: akeshi Suzuki, Takuyuki Matsuno, Sadai Yuji; Drafthouse Films; 2013-Japan-in Japanese with English subtitles)|
|"It's sentimentally absurd,
violent, frenetic, trashy, romantic and filled
with loud pop music."
by Dennis Schwartz
Sion Sono ("Love Exposure"/"Suicide
Club"/"Cold Fish"), a cinema lover, crosses gangsters
and movie makers together in this weird blend of
comedy and a gore fest--which turns out to be both a
satire and homage to film, that veers into Tarantino
"Kill Bill" B film turf. The pop culture
story is about a real yakuza war between rivals shot
by aspiring student filmmakers. It's sentimentally
absurd, violent, frenetic, trashy, romantic and filled
with loud pop music. It uses every possible photographic
technique-including slo-mo, zoom, and stop-action.
opens with a little girl, Mitsuko Muto (Nanoka Hara),
singing a popular jingle about toothpaste.
follows is the story of the “Fuck Bombers,” a group of
film nerds lead by the naive would-be director Hirata
(Hiroki Hasegawa), a solemn
film buff, vowing to make a masterpiece as a work of
guerrilla film-making. The other film members include
Sasaki (Tak Sakaguchi), the giant
lesbian known as the Queen of the Handheld
Shot and an overweight man on
roller-skates used as a human dolly.
Muto (Jun Kunimura),
the boss of one of the warring rival gangs, fights off
a bloody ambush by his rival Kitagawa
gang. That is, thanks to his wife Shizue
(Tomochika) who runs from the kitchen with her
chopping knife to kill everyone but the wounded hitman
Ikegama (Shinichi Tsutsumi).
He's rescued by Muto's little toothpaste singing
daughter, who digs that the gangster sings her jingle.
The bloody fight scandal curtails the toothpaste
girl's acting career, as she was removed from the
airwaves by the frightened TV people.
years later Muto's wife is released from prison and
Muto allows Hirata to film a gang war sword
fight between his gang and the rival Kitagawa
gang. Muto is assured that the now ten years older and
hottie former toothpaste girl, played by Fumi Nikaidô,
will be the film's star.
If you can handle so much schlock, you can stuff yourself on this goofy and irreverent anything goes in the movies indie treat.
REVIEWED ON 5/19/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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