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Why Don't You Play in Hell? is a 2013 Japanese dark comedy written and directed by Sion Sono. It's about the intersection of a yakuza war, an ambitious Mafia Princess, and a ludicrously motivated amateur film crew.

This film features the following tropes

  • Affably Evil: Ikegami despite being the head of a Yakuza gang is actually fairly nice and easy going.
  • Asshole Victim Muto and Ikegami along with their whole crew were murderous Yakuza gangsters.
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: One yakuza clan reinvents itself by wearing traditional kimonos and living in a medieval castle in an attempt to get more warrior spirit.
  • Bittersweet Ending Hirata the head of Fuck Bombers gets to finally make his movie. Unfortunately it comes at the cost of his friends and everyone else deaths. He also seems to be losing his sanity if the last scene is anything to go by.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the end, as befits a film about filmmakers, we hear the director call cut and the real film crew walk into the shot.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Fuck Bombers are pretty eccentric to say the least.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle
    • Muto and Ikegami's crew are fairly evenly matched but once the heavily armed police arrive, they easily take both of the remaining gangster crews down.
    • Mrs. Muto early in the movie manages to easily kill several of Ikegami crew members and even badly wounds Ikegami despite being out numbered.
  • Determinator: Subverted with The Fuck Bombers. Three of the four members have never given up trying to make movies even during the ten year skip despite having no success. Tak on the other hand starts to get fed up with the lack of success and briefly leaves the group.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: The Japanese film crew call themselves the "Fuck Bombers."
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  • Gang of Hats: The clans are distinguished by their outfits: one wears classic suits, the other wears traditional kimonos and live in a castle.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • The toothpaste jingle has gratuitous English interspersed throughout, including "Let's go!" and "Let's fly!"
    • The filmmakers call themselves by the English phrase "Fuck Bombers." It's unclear whether they even know what this means.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Several instances, but the final fight takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Kill 'Em All: Everyone but the film director dies.
  • Mafia Princess: Michiko, the strong-willed daughter of yakuza leader Muto. She wants to be a star at all costs.
  • Mob War: Between two rival yakuza clans
  • Non-Indicative Title: What the title means is never directly referenced.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • How Muto meets his end during the final fight.
    • Mitsuko kills a whole group of people this way during the final fight.
  • Rasputinian Death: There are at least two examples of this in the final fight.
  • Rule of Funny: ... Let's just say "a lot" and leave it at that.
  • Stage Mom: Mitsuko's mom shows signs of it.
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  • Stylistic Suck: The trailer that Fuck Bombers creates obviously has No Budget.
  • Time Skip: The film jumps ten years after the first act and recasts all of the Fuck Bombers.
  • Yakuza
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