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Jigoku de naze warui (Why Don't You Play in Hell?) (2013)

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Ambitious young film director Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) and his crew get caught in the middle of a bloody Yakuza war sparked by the vengeful wife of a powerful crime-boss in this outrageous action opus from writer/director Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Love Exposure). Tak Sakaguchi, Shinichi Tsutsumi, and Jun Kunimara co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2)

It's a movie that feels perfectly at home in 2014, but wouldn't feel out of place in any other decade.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Irresistible trashy fun in a cross-genre free-for-all.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Sion Sono trawls sub-Tarantino B-movie-pastiche territory with this tedious, over-the-top gorefest.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Quite possibly mankind's greatest achievement.

September 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A deliriously gaudy celebration of the decline of everything (including Japanese cinema, film as a medium, and any notion of good taste), it plays like the improbable bastard offspring of Cinema Paradiso (1988) and Kill Bill (2003)

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A love letter to cinema, paired with an oddly moving family story and framed by a yakuza tale, Sono's latest is wild, unruly, and hugely entertaining, whether you're looking for a grand artistic vision, emotional resonance, or just two hours of fun.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: GeekNation
GeekNation

A wacky, slapstick parody that's also a gangster caper and a romantic comedy, it's like Mel Brooks meets Guy Ritchie, juggling genres like flaming chainsaws.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: FilmDrunk
FilmDrunk

Sion Sono's rousing, freewheeling, scattershot and ultimately astonishingly bloodthirsty film is a classic cult title that will keep midnight movie fans entertained.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Weird and woolly and sporadically amusing.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

A grease-glistening banquet of crash-zooms, gore plumes, gurning and chopping...

August 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

...an ambivalently loving tribute to both the action movie and filmmaking in general, not so much blood-splattered as blood-drenched. It seems destined to be a midnight movie cult hit, but still feels very much a Sono film.

August 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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