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The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)



Critic Consensus: If nothing else, Happiness of the Katakuris scores points for its delirious, over-the-top originality.

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One of an amazing seven features directed in 2001 by Japan's prolific shock auteur Takashi Miike, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a gleefully morbid musical comedy about a family of oddballs who open an inn in the mountains. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, none of their guests leave their rooms alive. In order to protect their business, the family resorts to burying the corpses in the backyard, but this only leads to a zombie problem. Meanwhile, the daughter falls in love with Richard, a mysterious British navy officer, who looks suspiciously Japanese but claims to be the nephew of Queen Elizabeth herself. Just when Richard bungles onto a clue that might lead him to uncover the string of disappearing guests, a nearby volcano begins rumbling to life. Propelled by musical numbers rife with movie and pop culture references, The Happiness of the Katakuris is a departure from Miike's famously gruesome thrillers. ~ Tom Vick, Rovi

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Kenji Sawada
as Masao Katakuri
Keiko Matsuzaka
as Terue Katakuri
Shinji Takeda
as Masyuki Katakuri
Naomi Nishida
as Shizue Katakuri
Tamaki Miyazaki
as Yurie Katakuri
Tetsuro Tanba
as Nihei Katakuri Masao's Father
Kiyoshiro Imawano
as Richard Sagawa
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Critic Reviews for The Happiness of the Katakuris

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

It's weirdly -- and often wonderfully -- entertaining.

January 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

It's freakishly interesting and even outright hilarious at times, but, then again, so are most funerals.

December 8, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

By the second hour, Miike's story fails to punctuate its powerful setup, and the work, much like the family itself, ends up a tangled mess.

December 5, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

There are so many moments in Happiness of the Katakuris that beg us to walk out on the movie, it's hard to pick just one.

November 27, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A kind of strange, existentialist comedy.

October 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a ball when it works, which is why fans of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, Francois Ozon's 8 Women, and other darkly inspired, genre-bending musical fusions must introduce themselves to the Katakuris.

October 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Happiness of the Katakuris

I admit I haven't seen many musicals & I don't intend to but this one is right up there along with Hedwing and the Angry Inch as my favourite musicals of all time, My first Takashi Miike (Audition) was really disappointing so it took me so long to see this & Gozu but these two made me want to see his other movies

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


How can you seriously not call Miike a genius after making a film like this? The man spoofs the musical genre, and ends up making the best damn film ever in said genre. A one of a kind zombie/comedy/musical/drama/clayanimation that surprisingly enough happens to be a rather charming film, where the family unit is put to test. Screw Bjork and Lars hack Trier, this is the ultimate musical satire.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

First things first. Takashi Miike has got a h*** of an imagination. If there is somebody that can create a G-rated porno, Miike is your guy. Well, this isn't a G-rated porno. It is more of an R-rated musical. That sounds interesting enough right?

Like other movies from Takashi Miike, this one is no different in the weird and abstract department. The difference between this and a movie like Izo is that this one is easy to follow.

The pace of this film isn't fast, but it isn't all that slow either. I guess that makes it an average paced movie. The pace of this film should be one of the last things on your mind though. As I mentioned earlier, this film is weird, but quite entertaining. You can't help but chuckle when the characters break into a song and dance when you least expect it. For example, there is a dead body on the floor and when members of the Katakuris family open the door and discover it, they start singing about it. There is even a karaoke segment where the characters tell you to sing along and the words appear on the screen. So you have an out of this world, but entertaining story with lots of singing and dancing. What else could you ask for? How about clay animation? There are multiple segments in this film that are shot in that fashion. Remember the "Three Little Pigs" video by Green Jelly? That is what it is like.

The acting in this film is not bad. I guess what I mean to say is that it matches this style. The singing isn't all that great either, but like the acting, it matches.

If you are looking for a little violence, a little sexual content, some romance, comedy, clay animation, singing, and dancing then this film is exactly what you are looking for.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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