A completely unique movie experience
- The Happiness of the Katakuris review by Shatner's Bassoon
The Happiness of the Katakuris tells the story of the Katakuri family. After the father of the family leaves his job as a department store shoe salesman, the family decide to make a fresh start by opening a bed and breakfast in the mountains. However, the place seems to be cursed with bad luck as their guests mysteriously die soon after checking in. Though the Katakuri Family are not at fault, rather than running the risk of bad press for their new business the family decides to keep the deaths a secret and hide the bodies in the surrounding woods. The only way I can describe this film is that it's like a bizarre cross between 'Monty Python' and 'The Sound of Music'. Stylistically the film follows absolutely no conventions; it effortlessly switches between dark melancholy, romance, adventure, horror, mystery, singing, dancing, comedy and animation. Takashi Miike directs this film beautifully, setting completely inappropriate scenes to music and dance. In one particular scene, the discovery of the suicide victim breaks out in to a terrific song, and his burial is choreographed to music, with the sound of dirt being placed on his body functioning as a snare drum. This film will naturally be way too bizarre for most people, but if you are a fan of weird Japanese movies, then this is must see stuff!
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