Independent distributors Drafthouse Films have acquired the North American distribution rights to Japanese director Sion Sono's latest film Jigoku de naze warui a.k.a Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013), starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, and Akihiro Kitamura. The film will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival later this month.
Why Don't You Play in Hell? will also be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Below is the official synopsis provided by the festival's organizers:
A renegade film crew known as "The Fuck Bombers"! Yakuza gangsters hell-bent on revenge! Decapitated heads! A French kiss from a mouth full of broken glass! And a catchy toothpaste commercial jingle … ?!
Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) dreams of being a movie director, and with his ragtag film crew, The Fuck Bombers, he intends to shoot a masterpiece. Meanwhile, a feud between yakuza clans heats up after big boss Muto's wife massacres rival boss Ikegami's gang, jeopardizing her daughter Michiko's acting career in the process. Ten years later, and days before his wife's release from jail, Muto must somehow prove to her that Michiko has become a big-screen star. And so, the ruthless criminal underground and the happy-go-lucky Fuck Bombers collide in an orgy of blood and B-roll.
Based on an early script by Sono, this extravaganza has autobiographical undercurrents in its tribute to the undying pursuit of one's cinematic dreams. It features a number of familiar Japanese character actors, including Jun Kunimura (Hard Boiled) and Shinichi Tsutsumi (Dangan Runner, Unlucky Monkey, Monday) as the feuding yakuza bosses, and Tak Sakaguchi (star of Ryűhei Kitamura's Versus, which premiered at Midnight Madness) in a role that mirrors the actor's own discovery by a director back when he was a back-alley brawler.