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The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

Katakuri-ke no kôfuku (original title)
A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Ai Kennedy (translation), Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay)

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Cast

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

Love, Music, Horror, Volcanos. Cinema was never meant to be like this! (UK Release) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 February 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happiness of the Katakuris See more »

Filming Locations:

Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dentsu, Eisei Gekijo, Ganmo See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several well known brands appear throughout the film such as clothes from the Kappa clothing brand (worn by Masayuki and Terue Katakuri) as well as a vintage Coca-Cola bench. See more »

Goofs

A piece of flying debris gets caught on Richâdo Sagawaw's stunt wire for a few seconds whilst he begins flying in the junk yard musical scene. See more »

Quotes

Shizue Katakuri: Great-grandpa lives an easy life, telling lies and being selfish.
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Connections

References Ichi the Killer (2001) See more »

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weirdest movie ever
27 June 2005 | by georgia_applemanSee 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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