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The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
"Katakuri-ke no kôfuku" (original title)

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A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenji Sawada ...
Masao Katakuri
Keiko Matsuzaka ...
Terue Katakuri
Shinji Takeda ...
Masayuki Katakuri
Naomi Nishida ...
Shizue Katakuri
Kiyoshirô Imawano ...
Richâdo Sagawa
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Ojîsan Jinpei Katakuri
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TV Reporter / Singer
Tamaki Miyazaki ...
Yurie Katakuri
Takashi Matsuzaki ...
Utanômi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Father of the poor family
Chihiro Asakawa ...
Utanômi's girlfriend
Masahiro Asakawa
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Kudou
Moeko Ezawa
Mutsumi Fujita
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Storyline

A pioneer of a man convinces his family to take advantage of news of a road soon to be built through an area of the country that can be had for next to nothing. He, his aging, but wise father, his loving and loyal wife, along with a slow-to-persuade son and a divorced daughter with toddler in hand who also happens to be the narrator, bravely move out to this new space and open a bed and breakfast. They make the place everything anyone could want, as they have so much time to work on it, since no one is making reservations to stay there. Eventually, the customers come...but each one dies while in their room and the family is trying to get rid of the evidence a.s.a.p so as not to ruin their reputation before they even get up and running. One thing leads to another and the bodies have to be moved. Written by Natalie D. Roberts "sonta_en"

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Rated R for violent images and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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23 February 2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Katakuri-ke no kôfuku  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Ojîsan Jinpei Katakuri: The bastard! He stole our ashtray too.
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Incredibly weird but charming
2 March 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A note to those who are familiar with other films directed by Miike. Although some of his other films have been very violent and disturbing (such as AUDITION), this film is completely unlike these films and is a must-see. This is NOT a violent or overly bloody film despite there being zombies mid-way through the movie!

I love foreign films, so I am VERY willing to watch a wide variety of strange and sometimes "artsy-fartsy" films. However, my wife and I have urged our friends to see this film and all agree that it is a real gem. It is important that you watch the movie with an open mind, as the first few minutes of the film are, believe it or not, done in claymation! Then, it fades to the present-day Japan and the totally bizarre adventures that occur to a genuinely nice Japanese family. Through no fault of their own, this family's bed and breakfast seems to attract patrons fated to die (in rather comical ways, at that). The family's response? Simple--break into SONG!!! The songs are meant to be very silly and overly dramatic and turn out to be GREAT FUN!! The best of these has got to be the song and dance number featuring this sweet family and zombies (dead hotel guests). I'm sure NONE of this sounds funny or charming, but it is without a doubt both of these things as well as, believe it or not, a family values-affirming film.

The bottom line is, if you are brave and want something that is TOTALLY unpredictable and engaging, watch this film ASAP! Also, if you like weird and surreal musicals, I also recommend the Dutch film, YES SISTER NO SISTER.


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