Sion Sono channels some of the mad brilliance of his 4-hour opus "Love Exposure" for this deliriously entertaining film that defies categorization. One might call it a 'return to form' except that Sono has spent much of his career eluding any particular form. Regardless, this tale of a group of twenty-something slacker-cum-filmmakers mingling with warring Yakuza factions is blood-soaked, meta, and just plain fun.
This is like if the Shaw Brothers were given the script to Jodorowsky's "Holy Mountain" and paid Wes Anderson to direct it. I have no idea if that means it's great, terrible or somewhere in between. I'm giving it 3 stars to maintain my street cred on this site, which is clearly the most important thing in my life other than trying to find a real life Aubrey Plaza. Well, this review went off the rails. *shrug*
WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? is officially the most insane, beautiful, hilarious, bloody, and batshit magical film I will probably see all year! Shion Sono has crafted a ludicrous speed love letter to cinema that demands to be seen by all with a passion to pick up a camera and shout "ACTION!" All I have to say is... They made a damn good movie!!! "HOLY BULLSHIT!!!" 3:) 5/5
I've read a lot of debate about whether comparing this hyperviolent pastiche to Kill Bill is disrespectful to Sion Sono or not, but in the end, I don't really care, it's the only other time I felt like lopping my neighbours to bits with a katana at the end of the film, and I say that in the most respectful possible way. 3.5/5
Decidedly bonkers and a welcome sense of playfulness after Sono's heavy and serious ouvre of late. Visually stunning and consistantly funny. Not for everyone for sure but that's what makes Sono so entertaining.