Happiness Of The Katakuris 
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4.33 out of 5
ISBN/ASIN : B0000AQVIG
Manufacturer : Tartan Video|
Release data : 29 September, 2003
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About as ridiculous and brilliant as any one film could be
I'm prepared to belive that all Japanese films are a little crazy. I don't know enough about it to say otherwise. And if that's true, then maybe this one isn't quite as odd as it appears to my untutored eye. But I think, whatever the prevailing style of modern Japanese cinema, The Happiness of the Katakuris is most likely about as nuts anything you'll ever see.
But it is fantastic. Part animation, part musical, part horror, part comedy, and all of it played exquisitely by the actors. Their faces are calm, despite the increasingly ludicrous events that unfold around them, despite the mounting number of dead bodies. The actors, every one of them, are a charm.
It is also a wonderful celebration of family. In fact, the only thing that ties the film together is the way the eponymous relations stick by each other. Their story - that of opening a remote hotel and struggling to find guests, then having guests gradually arrive only to die one by one in bizarre circumstances - is filtered through the importance of family ties. It is a nice message, though one that could have become leaden with good intentions. But when told like this, no subject could ever be boring. You cannot help but laugh with delight watching this film. It is that much fun.
Nutty as a fruitcake
This is great fun. Mix up John Waters, Father Ted, Shallow Grave and the Royal Tennenbaums (oh - and morph from Vision On) and you get the idea. It is from the director of Audition, which is absolutely no use to you as a guide to this film. If you have a fine sense of the absurd, this will entertain you. There is a plot (sort of) but that isn't especially important. Any film that starts with "my uvula" as the opening line (that's the dangly bit in your throat) gets my vote. Just when you think it couldn't get any more ostentatiously ridiculous - it does.
If the tap-dancing in Zatoichi (Takeshi Kitano) made you smile, you will like this too.
The extras are unusually good too as listed in the Amazon review.
This is one of Miikes films that is unlike any of the other films he has made, or any other film that anyone has made.
It has an unique style to it, along with different moods that will have you wondering how he came up with the idea for this film in the first place.
If you are looking for something different, then this is a good film to watch, preferably on your own or with a friend, as any distractions may cause you to lose the plot.
Overall it is an enjoyable masterpiece.