• Released
  • October 31, 2001
  • R
  • Horror
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
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The Happiness of the Katakuris Synopsis
Guests mysteriously die at a mountain inn run by a family of oddballs.
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60
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83

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
The biggest surprise for Miike fans and musical lovers alike is that for all the black humor of this deliriously bizarre fantasy...
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80

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
A joyously demented musical-comedy built on a macabre foundation, like "The Sound Of Music" with a kickline of corpses.
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80

Chicago Reader

A camp musical-comedy hoot. It comes on like an outrageous episode of "The Simpsons" or "South Park."
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75

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
If there's one image that sums up the filmmaking style of Takashi Miike, it's the close-up of a bubbling hot pot on the family dinner table.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Grisly, yes, but it's all done in fun; having tried his hardest to shock audiences with his previous films, it now appears Miike simply...
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Patrick Z. McGavin
Though the result is a distant, hyperstylized exaggeration of form and movement, the film itself turns repetitive and exhaustive.
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50

L.A. Weekly

By Paul Malcolm
It's an amusing scenario, until even Miike seems to lose his taste for the oddly sweet concoction and allows the film to drift aimlessly to...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
Occasionally, this film is funny and cute. When the family's little girl narrates, it reaches a level of humor that is ironic and endearing.
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50

Variety

By David Rooney
An unexpected departure off the map, flinging together elements of Alpine musical, ghoulish Jan Svankmajer-style claymation and a family...
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50

The New York Times

By Dave Kehr
It's all very zany. Occasionally it is even madcap. You would almost be tempted to smile at times, albeit weakly, if it weren't for Mr....
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Rated R