The Happiness of the Katakuris
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's weirdly -- and often wonderfully -- entertaining."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A kind of strange, existentialist comedy."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Love it or hate it, such a feat of highly demented cinematic imagination simply must be seen."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...for all the black humor of this deliriously bizarre fantasy Happiness is a warmhearted film about sacrifice, support and four generations of family togetherness in face of mounting corpses."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Hardcore Miike fans may want to catch this uncharacteristically upbeat curiosity; however, everyone will be much happier without the Katakuris."
‑ Mary Kalin-Casey,
"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."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Tribune
"An amusing scenario, until even Miike seems to lose his taste for the oddly sweet concoction and allows the film to drift aimlessly to a rainbow-hued finale."
‑ Paul Malcolm, L.A. Weekly
"The Katakuris may not be your typical innkeepers, but the family that sings together and buries dead bodies together, stays together...this is hilarious, macabre, and entertaining."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"It's freakishly interesting and even outright hilarious at times, but, then again, so are most funerals."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"In this genre-bending celebration of family values, Miike delivers an imaginative and deliciously delirious mixture of jet black humor and schlock horror."
‑ Chris Wiegand, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"It's shot and acted in a way that's hastily, amateurishly theatrical, through digital photography that tries to look beautiful but just plain can't."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Miike is also counting on the fact that even if you've seen his other films, they won't help you one whit."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Katakuris doesn't disappoint, except in that it provides pretty much exactly what one would expect from a Miike musical."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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