The Happiness of the Katakuris

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Overview

One of an amazing seven features directed in 2001 by Japan's prolific shock auteur Takashi Miike, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a gleefully morbid musical comedy about a family of oddballs who open an inn in the mountains. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, none of their guests leave their rooms alive. In order to protect their business, the family resorts to burying the corpses in the backyard, but this only leads to a zombie problem. Meanwhile, the daughter falls in love with Richard, a ...
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Overview

One of an amazing seven features directed in 2001 by Japan's prolific shock auteur Takashi Miike, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a gleefully morbid musical comedy about a family of oddballs who open an inn in the mountains. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, none of their guests leave their rooms alive. In order to protect their business, the family resorts to burying the corpses in the backyard, but this only leads to a zombie problem. Meanwhile, the daughter falls in love with Richard, a mysterious British navy officer, who looks suspiciously Japanese but claims to be the nephew of Queen Elizabeth herself. Just when Richard bungles onto a clue that might lead him to uncover the string of disappearing guests, a nearby volcano begins rumbling to life. Propelled by musical numbers rife with movie and pop culture references, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a departure from Miike's famously gruesome thrillers. ~ Tom Vick
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Special Features

Commentary from Takashi Miike; Interviews with the Katakuris; Animating thw Katakuris; Original trailer; Making of special
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Editorial Reviews

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The Happiness of the Katakuris doesn't dispense entirely with the kind of grotesquerie and perversion that have given Takashi Miike's more notorious films, such as Audition and Visitor Q, their reputations. It does, however, begin with a woman discovering a demonic creature in her soup that immediately yanks out her uvula and flies off into a claymation netherworld where a succession of more and more fantastic beasts devour one another with gleeful aplomb, none of which has anything to do with the plot to follow. This is a film full of ridiculous digressions, all of them patently hilarious and many of them more than a little bit gross. People spontaneously burst into song just like in the classic musicals Miike parodies relentlessly, but somehow lovingly (overall, the Katakuris are a kind of cockeyed Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music). But only someone as twisted as Miike could come up with the baroquely absurd love duet between Richard, the navy officer (Japanese rock star Kiyoshiro Imawano in a devastatingly funny performance), and the family's daughter, a starry-eyed unwed mother. It's perhaps the silliest moment in a movie so unabashedly and consistently silly through and through that almost beggars description, and one can't help but be won over by its lowbrow charms.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • UPC: 875707003124
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Eastern Star
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,681

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenji Sawada Masao Katakuri
Keiko Matsuzaka Terue Katakuri
Shinji Takeda Masyuki Katakuri
Naomi Nishida Shizue Katakuri
Tamaki Miyazaki Yurie Katakuri
Tetsuro Tanba Nihei Katakuri, Masao's Father
Naoto Takenaka Reporter
Kiyoshiro Imawano Richard Sagawa
Technical Credits
Takashi Miike Director
Koji Endo Score Composer
Tetsuo Harada Production Designer
Koji Makaino Score Composer
Akio Nomura Cinematographer
Tetsuo Sasho Producer
Taiji Shimamura Editor
Kikumi Yamagishi Screenwriter
Hirotsugu Yoshida Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Happiness of the Katakuris
1. A Happy Family [8:46]
2. A Guest [8:47]
3. Calm Down [5:35]
4. The Burial [5:21]
5. In Love [7:27]
6. Suspicions [8:14]
7. Police Visit [7:18]
8. Ordinary People [4:40]
9. Richard's Arrival [5:00]
10. The Figt [13:23]
11. Not Another One! [4:51]
12. Hard Work [7:18]
13. I Shall Go [8:24]
14. The Hostage [5:30]
15. That's Life [6:29]
16. End Credits [5:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Happiness of the Katakuris
   Play
   Languages
      Audio
         Director's Commentary
         Dolby Digital 2.0
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles
         Commentary Subtitles
         Subtitles Off
   Extras
      "Making Of" Documentary
      Animating the Katakueis
      Interviewing the Katakuris
         Takashi Miike (Director)
         Kenji Sawada (Grandpa Masao)
         Keiko Matsuzaka (Grandma Terue)
         Kiyoshiro Imawano Isa Gawaj & Shinji Takeda (Son)
         Naomi Nishida (Daughter)
         Tetsuro Tanba (Great Grandpa)
      Trailers
         Happiness of the Katakuris Trailer
         Happiness of the Katakuris Tv Spot
         Sukeban Boy
         Zombie Mermaid
         Sars Wars
         Bohachi Bushido
         Killer Pussy
   Chapters
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A weird, but fun movie

    A lot of people call this a zombie movie, but I don't really count it as such, since the only zombie scene is about 5 minutes long. It is a really bizarre comedy, though, with random outbursts of songs (and a karaoke session) and plenty of dark humor throughout. Most hard-core horror movie fans will be disappointed by the lack of gore and actual "horror".

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