The experience of watching Shion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell is probably a lot like snorting a bottle of 5 Hour Energy. Only the effect of the film lasts two and a half hours and you won’t be hospitalized afterwards. Maybe. During those two and a half hours, we follow a rabidly enthusiastic group of amateur filmmakers called “The Fuck Bombers” as they get mixed up with a rivalry between two Yakuza clans. The gangs are beefing over a young girl who used to be famous for her work in a strangely popular toothpaste commercial. And the girl’s mom is serving 10 years for slaughtering Yakuza members with a butcher knife around town. Yes, the plot itself is insane, but Sono manages to present this hodge-podge of material in a coherent manner – creating an unforgettable movie in the process.
Hirata is the leader of The Fuck Bombers (FBs). He’s a devout soldier of cinema and swears to the “Movie God” that he will die to make one masterpiece. He’s possessed with a powerful, but naive, determination. The other members of FBs are a giant lesbian who calls herself the Queen of the Handheld Shot and an overweight man perpetually on roller-skates so he can act as a human dolly. When we first meet them they’re out on the street, capturing a real life rumble between junior Yakuza members. One of the, Kitamura, joins FBs as their wannabe Bruce Lee action star. READ MORE