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The Happiness Of The Katakuris

HD   Unrated

Takashi Miike

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About the Movie

From Takashi Miike, the prolific director of such shocking hits including Audition and Ichi the Killer comes “The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead”! The Katakuri family run a peaceful country inn at the foot of Mount Fuji. A little more peaceful than anticipated, their only visitors arrive in a series of suicides, murders, and inexplicable deaths. In order not to ruin their reputation, the Katakuris decide to bury the bodies, but will the coverups come back to haunt them... The Happiness of the Katakuris combines scenes of grotesque stop motion animation, surreal musical numbers, and zombies to make one the finest horror-comedies ever made.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A sour camp musical that trots out most of the standard signifiers of 'outrageousness.' – Dave Kehr, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A kind of strange, existentialist comedy. – Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 7, 2003

Fresh: It's a ball when it works, which is why fans of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Francois Ozon's 8 Women, and other darkly inspired, genre-bending musical fusions must introduce themselves to the Katakuris. – Janice Page, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It's weirdly -- and often wonderfully -- entertaining. – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

I was really excited for this

I was excited to check out this movie. Big fan of the directors previous films. I was let down. if youre interested I would give it a rent before you buy it. Some of the musical numbers were inspired but could not carry this film for me.

Miike's retelling of The Quiet Family

Takashi Miike takes the premise from the Korean classic,'The Quiet Family', & turns it on its head with turns like karaoke musical numbers, claymation scenes, slapstick comedy & cheerily dark tones. Very strange, enjoyable & fun. (Especially if you have seen The Quiet Family)

Awkwardly Delightful

I absolutely adore this movie, which starts out as a droll black comedy and by the end morphs into an emotionally powerful statement about family. Everyone in the cast is fun to watch as they give performances that are just bad enough to be charming. Mike threw everything into this multi-hyphenate musical-comedy-romance-family-adventure-black-comedy-effects-blockbuster-social-commentary holiday release, including a suicidal movie critic (the first guest), an aging gender-bending rock star from the '70s and '80s (Kenji Sawada in an infectious performance as the never-say-die dad); a one-time samurai-movie star who became involved with a religious cult (Tetsura Tanya as the crow-obsessed grand dad); a pair of young rising stars as the adult-aged daughter and son; an I-can-dress-weirder-than-Elton pop star flying about in an wonderfully romantic, LSD-inspired musical number; a sumo wrestler traveling with his soon-to-be-flattened girlfriend; and a group of pilgrims who go crazy during a solar eclipse. Oh, and a dog. I could go on. Suffice it to say this is a wild and for-the-most-part family-friendly movie that you will never forget...and I mean that in a good way.

The Happiness Of The Katakuris
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2002

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