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

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Musical  |  23 February 2002 (Japan)
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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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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
TV Reporter / Singer
Tamaki Miyazaki ...
Yurie Katakuri
Takashi Matsuzaki ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiki Arizono ...
Father of the poor family
Chihiro Asakawa ...
Utanômi's girlfriend
Masahiro Asakawa
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Moeko Ezawa
Mutsumi Fujita


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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Release Date:

23 February 2002 (Japan)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Shizue Katakuri: Are you thirsty? A drink? Or something to eat?
Richâdo Sagawa: I want to eat you.
[she swoons]
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Like a field of fluffy bunnies.
30 May 2004 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

There is little more to say about this film than to recommend it heartily to anyone with a sense of humour. I mean a proper sense of humour. If you have ever wet yourself sitting through Monty Python you are going to enjoy this. This isn't Will and Grace.

Most of the songs are great, the song based around a dead man with scissors in his neck is brilliant. They are cheesy, OTT and have some of the best dance moves since Ricky Martin tried dismally to samba his way into the charts. I am still humming along to some of the tunes (from the Katakuris, not Ricky Martin. Although I wish he'd been a guest at the Katakuri's guest house.) My greatest problem with the film comes from its advertising. It is labelled as a "Cannibal Musical" in some press releases. Ignore this. There is no cannibalism in this film. Not even a suggestion of it. Nobody even says in close up; "Oh I am hungry" and then is juxtaposed with a shot of a dead body. The only feasible description of this film which mentions cannibalism is: "Is not about cannibalism, unless if by cannibalism you mean songs".

You are going to have a great time watching this film and if you are familiar with Miike I think it is safe to say that this film is more shocking that even Ichi the Killer. Why? Because at the end of it you feel all warm and fluffy inside and I dare say nobody expects this from Takashi Miike. I certainly didn't.

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