Too Young to Die! ("Too Young To Die! Wakakushite Shinu")
Official Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016, Hong Kong Filmart 2016
“Firmly in Japanese batshit crazy genre territory… a bit more heartfelt and a lot more clever than you'd think at first” – Ard Vijn, TWITCHFILM
On a bus with his schoolmates, on their way to a field trip, Daisuke (Ryunosuke Kamiki) cannot believe his luck! He has finally managed to get close to Hiromi (Aoi Morikawa), the girl he’s had a crush on for the longest time, and crazier still, she’s about to lean in for a kiss… when all hell breaks loose. The bus goes off a cliff, and death claims the entire classroom in one fell swoop. Waking up in Hell, Daisuke is astonished to find he’s not only very much dead, all his classmates have gone to Heaven but him! There might be a way back, however, and under the guidance of rock ’n’ roller demon Killer K (Tomoya Nagase), Daisuke embarks on an epic journey of wacky reincarnations – as many chances to convince Hell’s ruthless bureaucrats that he might be worthy of ascension, lest he become a demon himself!
Kankuro Kudo (known for YAJI & KITA: THE MIDNIGHT PILGRIMS, and the delirious screenplays for THE APOLOGY KING and Miike’s classic ZEBRAMAN saga) is back in the director’s chair with TOO YOUNG TO DIE!, a jigoku-musical like no other, offering a hilarious tour of Buddhist hell complete with horse-headed demons, mallet-carrying oni and horned guitar-playing rock ’n’ rollers – not to mention a Tenma that looks just like Motörhead’s Lemmy! Somewhere between Nobuo Nakagawa’s seminal JIGOKU, TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF THE DESTINY and the cult classic DETROIT METAL CITY, Kudo’s latest is nothing short of a devil-horned comedy masterpiece, bursting at the seams with colourful sets, practical effects, gore gags and heavy metal tunes by the gallon! Need we say more?
— Ariel Esteban Cayer