Sion Sono's 'Why Don't You Play in Hell?' Nabbed by Drafthouse Films
It's always good news when one of our favorite indie distributors picks up a festival film before it has even premiered. Drafthouse Films, part of Tim League's Alamo Drafthouse brand, has officially announced that they've acquired US distribution rights to Why Don't You Play in Hell?, the 31st feature film from prolific Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono, most well-known over here for Suicide Club, Love Exposure and Cold Fish (we also just featured The Land Of Hope). This new film is premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals (in the Midnight Madness category) and will play at the Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest this fall.
This film looks as wacky, weird and violent as most of Sion Sono's films, but is described by Sono as "an action film about the love of 35mm" based on a screenplay he wrote nearly 15 years ago. Synopsis from TIFF: Two men, Muto and Ikegami, hate each other. Muto desperately wants to help his daughter Mitsuko star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with Mitsuko, knowing that she's the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an unexpected direction. We actually featured the first teaser trailer for this film earlier this year to give you a sense of what it's about, but as for early reviews, those will arrive starting September. Stay tuned.