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The Happiness of the Katakuris(カタクリ家の幸福)

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Japan · 2002
Rated R · 1h 53m
Director Takashi Miike
Starring Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida
Genre Comedy, Drama, Horror

The Katakuri family has just opened their guest house in the mountains. Unfortunately, their first guest commits suicide, forcing them to bury him in the backyard. When their second guest, a famous sumo wrestler, dies while having sex with his underage girlfriend, the grave behind the house starts to fill up more and more.

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Chicago Reader by

A camp musical-comedy hoot. It comes on like an outrageous episode of "The Simpsons" or "South Park."


The New York Times by Dave Kehr

It's all very zany. Occasionally it is even madcap. You would almost be tempted to smile at times, albeit weakly, if it weren't for Mr. Miike's habit of pounding home every joke with exaggerated reaction shots.


Variety by David Rooney

An unexpected departure off the map, flinging together elements of Alpine musical, ghoulish Jan Svankmajer-style claymation and a family portrait so hokey it makes the Brady Bunch look hip.


Boston Globe by Janice Page

If there's one image that sums up the filmmaking style of Takashi Miike, it's the close-up of a bubbling hot pot on the family dinner table.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Grisly, yes, but it's all done in fun; having tried his hardest to shock audiences with his previous films, it now appears Miike simply wants to entertain, and he pulls out all the stops.


L.A. Weekly by Paul Malcolm

It's 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.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer by Sean Axmaker

The biggest surprise for Miike fans and musical lovers alike is that for all the black humor of this deliriously bizarre fantasy "Happiness" is a warmhearted film about sacrifice, support and four generations of family togetherness.

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