The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Happiness of the Katakuris

Japan | 2001 | 113 min. | Takashi Miike

February 27, 2023

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.


SIFF Film Talk: The Happiness of the Katakuris vs. The Quiet Family 
See The Quiet Family—the inspiration for Takashi Miike's remake—on February 22, then join us for this Film Talk.
March 1, 2023 @ SIFF Film Center & Zoom Webinar


From Takashi Miike, the prolific director of genre milestones Audition and Ichi the Killer, comes The Happiness of the Katakuris—a movie that can best be described as The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead. Guests are turning up dead at a peaceful country inn owned by the Katakuris family. To keep bad word of mouth from spreading, the Katakuris chop up and bury the guests. But that's only the beginning of their problems. Featuring grotesque stop motion animation, surreal musical numbers, and gore-lusting zombies, The Happiness of the Katakuris stands tall as one of the most unique, bizarre, and satisfying horror-comedies ever made.

  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Principal Cast: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 113 min.
  • Producer: Hirotsugu Yoshida
  • Screenplay: Kikumi Yamagishi
  • Cinematographers: Hideo Yamamoto
  • Editors: Yasushi Shimamura
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: AGFA