The Happiness of the Katakuris

"Very Good"

The Happiness of the Katakuris Review


Totally bizarre (and thus in keeping with Miike's other work), The Happiness of the Katakuris tells the story -- as a musical -- of an innkeeping family that hits a string of bad luck with its very first patron turns up dead. So they bury him out back, so word doesn't get out and ruin the business before it ever gets going. Apparently a remake of a Korean film I've never seen, the oddity of the plot is matched only be the strangeness of the singing. There's claymation, dance numbers, dancing corpses, and bizarre cross-dressing karaoke. How can you not be enthralled? How can you not be baffled completely?

Aka Katakuri-ke no kôfuku.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 113 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 23rd February 2002

Production compaines: Katakuri-ke no Kôfuku Seisaku Iinkai

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Masao Katakuri, as Terue Katakuri, as Masayuki Katakuri, as Shizue Katakuri, as Richâdo Sagawa, as Ojîsan Jinpei Katakuri, as TV Reporter / Singer, Tamaki Miyazaki as Yurie Katakuri, Takashi Matsuzaki as Utanômi, Yoshiki Arizono as Father of the poor family, Chihiro Asakawa as Utanômi's girlfriend, Ken'ichi Endô as Kudou, Yumeki Kanazawa as Byôki otoko no ko, Yoshiyuki Morishita as Policeman Miyaki, Tokitoshi Shiota as First guest

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