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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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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)  »

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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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weirdest movie ever
27 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, I don't have the best taste in movies, but when I read the synopsis, I have to admit, I was unhealthily curious. My boyfriend walked out from this movie, but I had to stay to finish it. What would happen to Shizue and the rest of the nutty Katakuris?! I've never seen such an odd film, and with my taste in movies that's saying a lot. Some of my favorites involve anything by Stephen Chow, Rocky Horror, Hedwig, and even blockbusters, like Batman Begins, Dark City, and HitchHiker's Guide. This movie was hilarious. I found it in the horror section of Blockbuster but it should have been placed in the comedy section. At the beginning I thought it was going to be awful but when great-grandpa hit the crow with a chunk of wood, I knew it was going to be awesome. The songs are cheesy and goodhearted and I bet the actors had a blast making this movie. 8 out of 10 from me because it was, straight face here, the Weirdest movie ever. :)


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