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Film / Why Don't You Play in Hell?

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Did Not Do the Bloody Research: The Japanese film crew call themselves the "Fuck Bombers."
  • Everyone Dies: Everyone but the film director dies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Tak Sakaguchi sports the Bruce Lee yellow tracksuit from Game of Death and wields a katana.
  • Stylistic Suck: The trailer that Fuck Bombers creates obviously has No Budget.
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  • Time Skip: The film jumps ten years after the first act and recasts all of the Fuck Bombers.
  • Yakuza

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