The Happiness of the Katakuris
DIRECTOR: TAKASHI MIIKE
CAST: KENJI SAWADA, KEIKO MATSUZAKA, SHINJI TAKEDA
While best known for his shocker provocations, Miike is a flexible utility player who can turn his hand to most any sort of movie, a fact proven by this gonzo, pastel-toned musical farce, in which a salaryman, left busted by the Asian financial crisis, opens a rustic bed-and-breakfast with his family. Their new beginning is soon derailed by a rash of murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. Pelting the audience with movie parodies, Claymation interludes, and karaoke sing-a-longs, this is Miike at his most deliriously, gleefully excessive.