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Happiness of Katakuris [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Kenji Sawada , Keiko Matsuzaka , Takashi Miike    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Kiyoshirô Imawano
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Writers: Ai Kennedy, Kikumi Yamagishi
  • Producers: Hirotsugu Yoshida
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Chimera
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C5D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,302 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By ghandibob VINE VOICE
I'm prepared to belive that all Japanese films are a little crazy. I don't know enough about it to say otherwise. And if that's true, then maybe this one isn't quite as odd as it appears to my untutored eye. But I think, whatever the prevailing style of modern Japanese cinema, The Happiness of the Katakuris is most likely about as nuts anything you'll ever see.
But it is fantastic. Part animation, part musical, part horror, part comedy, and all of it played exquisitely by the actors. Their faces are calm, despite the increasingly ludicrous events that unfold around them, despite the mounting number of dead bodies. The actors, every one of them, are a charm.
It is also a wonderful celebration of family. In fact, the only thing that ties the film together is the way the eponymous relations stick by each other. Their story - that of opening a remote hotel and struggling to find guests, then having guests gradually arrive only to die one by one in bizarre circumstances - is filtered through the importance of family ties. It is a nice message, though one that could have become leaden with good intentions. But when told like this, no subject could ever be boring. You cannot help but laugh with delight watching this film. It is that much fun.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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From Japan's hottest director, Takashi Miike, comes a film that merges together a handful of incompatible genres and ends up creating a genre of its own. The plotline concerns a Japanese family who have shunned the pressures of city life to open a hotel by the mountainside. When the guests begin to come, they all die in unusual ways, leaving the family of having the option of bad publicity or a series of burials. Sounds like Shallow Grave? Well, this film is a MUSICAL! Where the chracters randomly burst into joyous song. An unpredictable film, it also has moments of Jan Svenmajer style animation. Bizarre, imaginative, beautifully directed and unlike ANYTHING you have ever seen!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nutty as a fruitcake 31 Mar 2004
This is great fun. Mix up John Waters, Father Ted, Shallow Grave and the Royal Tennenbaums (oh - and morph from Vision On) and you get the idea. It is from the director of Audition, which is absolutely no use to you as a guide to this film. If you have a fine sense of the absurd, this will entertain you. There is a plot (sort of) but that isn't especially important. Any film that starts with "my uvula" as the opening line (that's the dangly bit in your throat) gets my vote. Just when you think it couldn't get any more ostentatiously ridiculous - it does.
If the tap-dancing in Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano) made you smile, you will like this too.
The extras are unusually good too as listed in the Amazon review.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is so awesome!! 2 Aug 2006
This film has singing, dancing, horror, romance AND comedy which makes it everything you could ever want on a saturday evening. Watch it with an open mind and you'll love every second.

The first time i watched this i was thinking 'hmmmm, strange' but then it started to really grow on me and now it's definately one of my top ten favourite films.

The first 10 minutes are insane and a bit gross, but after the start you really come to love the characters and the crazy plot the film Takashi Miike has to offer.

I totally LOVE all the songs, i find myself singing along even though they're in Japanese!! They are a bit cheesy, but you have to understand that they're supposed to be, and some of the songs are also really sweet!

The characters are all different and awesome and the storyline is totally insane, but, of course for comical effect. Don't watch this if your comfortable diet of film only consists of normal Mainstream Hollywood films, because you won't be comfortable with how cheesy the songs seem, or with how bold the narrative is. (it dosen't follow the normal beginning, middle and end pattern)

Unpredictable deaths, zombies and playful songs dott the entire story. Beneath all the funky dressing however there also lies a really very sweet message, and you come to understand that the strong underlying moral is of how important love and family is, and how with these things, one has the strength to overcome anything. And on watching this film you'll understand that the Katakuris definately need this family strength!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanity Writ Large 28 Jan 2006
Firstly, aword of warning for those in search of the grusomeness generally regarded as Mr Miike's forte. This is a very different kettle of fish.
Part musical, part romantic comedy and part 'a kind of film i've never come across before' with a small smattering of zombie fun, this is a movie that truly defies labels.
set, in some respects, in a small bed & breakfast in nowhere-land Japan & set, also, in a world outside of our own this is a fil in which nothing is what it seems and just when you thin it can't possibly get any stranger........!!!!!
It's also very funny. Gut burstingly so. Gore may be off the menu but blacker than black nastiness with a comic twang is very much in!
For those of you who like your moives to have a 'proper' beginning, middle & end, steer well clear, you will loathe every second of this. For those of you with a more, erm, warped or downright loopy view, this movie could just about make your day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by Waasley
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch the Korean film this is based on!!!- the quiet family
I watched 'the quiet family' before watching this inferior remake. A miike miss! The Korean original has much better cast, song kang-ho, choi min-sik and is really hilarious!
Published 21 months ago by abes ape
4.0 out of 5 stars A bed for the night?
Takashi Miike is well known for his controversial output, directing as many films in a year as some directors manage over a career he has become synonymous with extreme violence in... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by @GeekZilla9000
1.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason this film is unlike anything you've ever seen...
This film isn't very good if you're into traditional film-making. Most of it doesn't make sense when viewed as a whole, but if you like 'crazeeee' Japanese films, then this is... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Peter Hindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I think Takeshi Miike has done every single genre going and I've seen most of his movies, but this is a pure masterpiece. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by raven_guest
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak effort by Miike
Takashi Miike is known for having made zillions of movies: he films several movies a year, almost all genre films. As a result, he has developed quite a cult reputation. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2008 by Andres C. Salama
5.0 out of 5 stars With my family, I know I'll grow up to be really cool
A woman is eating soup when she finds a strange object in her soup -- a curly-headed pixie who becomes enamored of her uvula and steals it. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Reviews!
Miike does it again, further proving that he his currently the best director in the world, and that Asia is, and has for the last 5 years been making the best films. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2007 by carlosnightman
5.0 out of 5 stars The hills are alive with the sound of laughter.
The Happiness of the Katakuris is probably Takashi Miike's strangest film (or at least, stranger than any of the others that I've seen so far; which is quite an accomplishment when... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2007 by Jonathan James Romley
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparisons..
Have Happiness of Katakuris..Great film. Does anyone know what this is like - Choyonghan kajok - The Quiet Family. Get idea they are similar?
Published on 26 Sep 2006 by K. Long
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