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The Happiness of the Katakuris

The Happiness of the Katakuris
  • 2001
  • Japan
  • 113 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Takashi Miike
  • Written by: Kikumi Yamagishi
  • Cast: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Tetsuro Tamba
  • Language: Japanese

So bizarre it beggars belief, this film throws together the Alpine musical, Jan Svankmajer-style claymation, early 80s music video choreography and some well hammy acting to produce what can, at best, be classified a 'horror musical'. The film tells of the Katakuri clan, a close-knit guesthouse-owning family whose visitors keep dying inexplicably. To avoid scandal, the family bury them near a toxic lake … and the dead re-emerge as all-singing, all-dancing zombies. A truly stunning spectacle that's surreal in the extreme.

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