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895 Ratings

The Happiness of the Katakuris

Katakuri-ke no kôfuku

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2001
Comedy, Horror, Musical


A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

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The Happiness of the Katakuris Directed by Takashi Miike
Japanese director Takashi Miike specializes in weird movies, but this is one of his weirdest, where the macabre meets the zany… It’s all in the service of creating a uniquely unsettling mood in the viewer. You walk out of this film not on a cloud but on edge.
October 28, 2015
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No doubt any viewer unfamiliar with the minutiae of recent Japanese pop culture will miss many of the few hundred jokes, allusions and put-ons happening here. But there’s plenty left over with which to whip up an infectious ramshackle energy, close to the buzz that merrily stoned cinephiles derive from the crazy cable-streamed humor of Eric Andre or Tim & Eric.
August 21, 2015
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For mid-career Miike it’s a terribly sweet movie, the outrageous sumo-pedophile joke notwithstanding. Anything goes — shot like an Eighties music video, the movie regularly spasms into arch genre modes (horror, romantic kitsch, Svankmajer-ish clay animation, TV variety show, etc.) to fit its characters’ perspectives (or, sometimes, for no reason at all), and it’s as laugh-out-loud funny as any Miike film has ever been.
July 01, 2015
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