The Happiness of the Katakuris

Film, Drama

Time Out says

One of the seven movies Miike made in 2001, this misfire is a musical remake of the Korean black comedy The Quiet Family, directed by Kim Ji-Woon. The Katakuri family decides to begin life afresh by opening a chalet hotel in the mountains. Family tensions are exacerbated by the non-arrival of guests. Then, when guests do show up, they keep dying on the premises; family head Masao (Sawada, the only pro singer in the starry cast) opts for hushing up the deaths to avoid giving the place a bad rep. Miike elaborates the storyline with claymation sequences, deliberately tacky songs, parodies of The Sound of Music and Brit aristocracy, and chorus-lines of rotting zombies - all of which sounds like a lot more fun than it is.


Release details

113 mins

Cast and crew

Takashi Miike
Kikumi Yamagishi
Naomi Nishida
Kenji Sawada
Kiyoshiro Imawano
Naoto Takenaka
Shinji Takeda
Keiko Matsuzaka
Tetsuro Tamba