It is easy to focus only on the outrageously unique style (bizarroland horror-comedy! with stop-motion!). But the characters and narrative is really something out of an Ozu wholesale catalog, all of them brilliantly conceived. It only helps that they happen to sing and dance and bury dead people.
Hmm... Well, this is probably my favorite movie I've seen this year so far. It's so unique and funny! It parodies so many genres, subcultures, and film styles, and it does so PERFECTLY. It's a musical, a family drama, a horror, a murder-mystery, and so much more. It's a true feast for the senses and still has an underlying commentary on happiness and life in general. It's a beautiful film. Highly recommended!
This was one big LOL.
The "British/American-Japanese" guy's accent was the most hilarious thing I've heard in a long time. I understand just enough Japanese to hear how ridiculous he sounds. Plenty of other great and funny scenes.
I'll give "The Happiness of the Katakuris" credit when credit is due. Above all else this film is definitely unique... I can't think of another film like it! This might be the best Japanese horror, comedy musical of all time? If only because I don't think there are any other Japanese horror, comedy musicals in existence... I totally get the appeal of this movie, but personally I just didn't connect to it.
The first chapter, which I like to call "Errybody Eatin' Errybody" gets a weirdness score of 7 on the Švankmajer Scale. Beyond that it's just fun, silly and, in the end, really just a flick about family sticking together no matter what. Kinda hard to hate it, really. Plus, the fact that it came out the same year as Ichi makes it like 1000x better.