The Happiness of the Katakuris
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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

Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

A kind of strange, existentialist comedy.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Palatable in small doses, "The Happiness of the Katakuris" just doesn't have enough to be wholly satisfying to cult film fans. This surreal horror-comedy tries very hard, but ultimately grates on your nerves.

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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Michael Dequina

Love it or hate it, such a feat of highly demented cinematic imagination simply must be seen.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

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.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

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.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
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… More
Kylie B
Quite happily takes elements of musicals, romance, family drama and horror, puts it together with comedy and clay animation and uses it all for a very bizzare… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
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… More
Tim Barker
Words fail me. This is one of the most beautiful, wacky, thoughtful and touching movies I have ever seen.
JY Skacto
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… More
Drew Smith
A humorous, creative and unusually heart-warming movie about...claymation zombies. You'll love it.

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