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The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Happiness of the Katakuris

2001 / 113min / 35mm

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.