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The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 9

If nothing else, Happiness of the Katakuris scores points for its delirious, over-the-top originality.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 5

If nothing else, Happiness of the Katakuris scores points for its delirious, over-the-top originality.



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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

Feb 25, 2003

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (9) | DVD (7)

It's weirdly -- and often wonderfully -- entertaining.

January 17, 2003
Seattle Times
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By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess.

December 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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There are so many moments in Happiness of the Katakuris that beg us to walk out on the movie, it's hard to pick just one.

November 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
Denver Post
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A kind of strange, existentialist comedy.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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An amusing scenario, until even Miike seems to lose his taste for the oddly sweet concoction and allows the film to drift aimlessly to a rainbow-hued finale.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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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.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Love it or hate it, such a feat of highly demented cinematic imagination simply must be seen.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source:

The Katakuris may not be your typical innkeepers, but the family that sings together and buries dead bodies together, stays together...this is hilarious, macabre, and entertaining.

August 7, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's shot and acted in a way that's hastily, amateurishly theatrical, through digital photography that tries to look beautiful but just plain can't.

July 6, 2003

...for all the black humor of this deliriously bizarre fantasy Happiness is a warmhearted film about sacrifice, support and four generations of family togetherness in face of mounting corpses.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's freakishly interesting and even outright hilarious at times, but, then again, so are most funerals.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
Austin Chronicle

Miike is also counting on the fact that even if you've seen his other films, they won't help you one whit.

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Hardcore Miike fans may want to catch this uncharacteristically upbeat curiosity; however, everyone will be much happier without the Katakuris.

October 24, 2002

In this genre-bending celebration of family values, Miike delivers an imaginative and deliciously delirious mixture of jet black humor and schlock horror.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Katakuris doesn't disappoint, except in that it provides pretty much exactly what one would expect from a Miike musical.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source:

Anyone with a weakness for song-and-dance dementia on the level of Forbidden Zone and Cannibal! The Musical will find all this irresistible.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Though uneven, this genre-defying creation's spectacle is still never less than awesome to behold.

August 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Basically a one joke film, it goes on too long and boredom sets in.

August 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It is enormously entertaining, and it marks a refreshing change of pace for the versatile Miike.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Happiness of the Katakuris

It?s like the Sound of Music with Zombies, murders, a volcano and general madness. It?s fantastic, Takeshi Miike is a genius!
September 25, 2009

Super Reviewer

How can you seriously not call Miike a genius after making a film like this? The man spoofs the musical genre, and ends up making the best damn film ever in said genre. A one of a kind zombie/comedy/musical/drama/clayanimation that surprisingly enough happens to be a rather charming film, where the family unit is put to test.

Screw Bjork and Lars hack Trier, this is the ultimate musical satire.
December 23, 2008
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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First things first. Takashi Miike has got a h*** of an imagination. If there is somebody that can create a G-rated porno, Miike is your guy. Well, this isn't a G-rated porno. It is more of an R-rated musical. That sounds interesting enough right?Like other movies from Takashi Miike, this one is no different in the weird and abstract department. The difference between this and a movie like Izo is that this one is easy to follow.The pace of this film isn't fast, but it isn't all that slow either. I guess that makes it an average paced movie. The pace of this film should be one of the last things on your mind though. As I mentioned earlier, this film is weird, but quite entertaining. You can't help but chuckle when the characters break into a song and dance when you least expect it. For example, there is a dead body on the floor and when members of the Katakuris family open the door and discover it, they start singing about it. There is even a karaoke segment where the characters tell you to sing along and the words appear on the screen. So you have an out of this world, but entertaining story with lots of singing and dancing. What else could you ask for? How about clay animation? There are multiple segments in this film that are shot in that fashion. Remember the "Three Little Pigs" video by Green Jelly? That is what it is like.The acting in this film is not bad. I guess what I mean to say is that it matches this style. The singing isn't all that great either, but like the acting, it matches.If you are looking for a little violence, a little sexual content, some romance, comedy, clay animation, singing, and dancing then this film is exactly what you are looking for.
March 13, 2008
JY Skacto

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