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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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Plot Keywords:

mountain | sex | room | bed | sumo wrestler | See All (53) »

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kat Von Dee named it her favourite film of all time alongside 'Coneheads' on an episode of 'L.A. Ink'. 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: [looking at the dead sumo wrestler lying naked on the bed] Looking at him like this, he seems even bigger.
Ojîsan Jinpei Katakuri: He's inflating.
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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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A death musical about happiness?
28 July 2005 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Version: Japanese audio, English subtitles (by SBS).

Oh my, I think I have a new favourite movie, and the only way I can describe this is as a death musical about happiness. Wow, 'Happiness of the Katakuris' is possibly the most incredibly awesome movie I've ever seen.

In an effort to keep the Katakuri family together and happy, Masao (Kenji Sawada) opens a guest house in a secluded mountain area. Unfortunately, the first guest lacks clothes and apparently a reason to live, and kills himself. In a panic, the family sings, dances, and buries the body in the forest. The next guests are a sumo wrestler and his underage girlfriend, who both cark it while getting - ahem - intimate. Such a rising body count will test the Katakuri family's unity and their ability to break into impromptu song and dance numbers.

I was under the impression that 'Happiness of the Katakuris' was a zombie musical (like 'Battlefield Baseball'). Zombies only appeared in one scene in 'Happiness of the Katakuris' and yet the lack of zombies didn't disappoint me at all. Miike proves just how versatile his insanity is by directing something insane, yet far away from his standard fare. We get dancing zombies in one scene, a very strange claymation scene that seems to exist for no real purpose, and cheesy musical numbers that are well over the top. This funny and happy Miike is so much cooler than the Miike obsessed with exploding brains and unsettling torture scenes.

Ever seen the Monty Python film 'The Life of Brian'? 'Happiness of the Katakuris' ends with the same message: "always look on the bright side of life". 'Happiness of the Katakuris' is very entertaining and funny, and a great film, although I doubt it would appeal to everyone. It is my new favourite movie. In fact, I think I'll go watch it again now... - 10/10


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