Happiness Of The Katakuris DVD
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Directed by Takashi Miike
Produced in 2001
Main Language - Japanese with English subtitles
Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka
Films have genres. The Happiness of the Katakuris fits neatly into the Musical/live-action/zombie/animation/comedy section. The film is at one moment a pastiche of 'Night of the Living Dead' the next an elegant parody of 'The Sound of Music'.
Beginning with a five minute sequence of live action mixed with claymation: a girl in a restaurant finds a small creature in her soup, she screams and the creature bites off her uvula and flies away. In typical Miike fashion this has nothing to do with the rest of the story, just another example of the director’s endless pool of twisted animation.
The main plot concerns a Japanese family who open a guesthouse in the mountains. After the first customer commits suicide using his room key the family decide to bury him, in case the story damages the hotels reputation. When other guests also start to die the family all pitch in and grab the shovels.
The songs parody a variety of styles from romantic ballads to full-blown Rodgers and Hammerstein production numbers, even flashy karaoke songs with sing-a-long on screen lyrics. 'Happiness' is a warm hearted deeply black comedy about sacrifice, support and four generations of family togetherness in the face of mounting corpses. It will leave you with a song in your heart, and a knife in your back!
An utterly odd mixture of live action, musical and claymation from Miike Takashi, all about the Katakuris - an average family with a dream of owning a successful country inn. Unfortunately things soon go wrong as all their guests drop dead in the most bizarre of circumstances. In order to ensure the success of the business, they bury the bodies in the forest behind the house; but this leads to an influx of zombies. Meanwhile, the Katakuris daughter falls in love with a mysterious British naval officer who stumbles on a clue that could lead to the family's gruesome stash. Uniquely strange and very funny.
Length: 113 mins
Aspect ratio: Widescreen
Cat No: TVD3433
Format: DVD Colour
- Interviews: Mike Takashi (director)
- Commentaries:Mike Takashi (director)
- Cast/filmmaker Notes
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