The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Happiness of the Katakuris

Director: Takashi Miike Cast: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda
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Overview

The Happiness of the Katakuris

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

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
UPC: 0875707003124
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Eastern Star
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

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

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

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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The Happiness of the Katakuris 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
kurtmitchell More than 1 year ago
To get the main thought out of the way, I liked it. I'm glad I have it in my collection, however it will not spend a lot of time off my shelf. It is a film that is strange because that was exactly what the film maker was aiming to do. A comedy, thriller, murder musical about a family struggling to make a living from their destined-to-fail country inn. The songs are silly and make little to no sense, but this film truly entertained me. if you're up for off the wall Japanese humor with about every other genre thrown in for good measure, pick it up and enjoy the ride. If you're looking for a solid horror movie, look elsewhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".