THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS

  • Release Date: 16th June 2015
  • Format: Dual Format DVD & Blu-ray
  • Starring: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda
  • Directed By: Takashi Miike
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From Takashi Miike, the prolific director of such shocking hits including Audition and Ichi the Killer comes “The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead”!

The Katakuri family run a peaceful country inn at the foot of Mount Fuji. A little more peaceful than anticipated, their only visitors arrive in a series of suicides, murders and inexplicable deaths. In order not to ruin their reputation, the Katakuris decide to bury the bodies, but will the coverups come back to haunt them...

The Happiness of the Katakuris combines scenes of grotesque stop motion animation, surreal musical numbers and zombies to make one of the finest horror-comedies ever made.

Reviews

"Anyone with a weakness for song-and-dance dementia on the level of Forbidden Zone and Cannibal! The Musical will find all this irresistible."
- eye WEEKLY

"If you need to see just one of Miike's thousand films this summer, this corpse-littered musical farce should be it."
- Village Voice

"Arrow Video has also created a stellar Blu-ray package for the film's high-definition release, including an impressive transfer, and a boatload of supplements. On the quality of the package alone, this set easily earns a recommendation."
- DVD Talk

Contents

New High Definition digital film transfer by Shochiku Co.
Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
Original uncompressed Stereo PCM audio
Audio commentary by director Takashi Miike
Audio commentary by Miike biographer Tom Mes
Violent ’til I Die: A brand new interview with director Takashi Miike
The Making of the Katakuris – An original documentary from the film’s production featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the cast and crew
Interviews with Katakuris cast members Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Tetsurô Tanba and Miike
Animating the Katakuris – A look at the creation of the film’s stop motion effects with animation director Hideki Kimura and Miike
Dogs, Pimps and Agitators – A visual essay on Takashi Miike by Tom Mes
Trailer and TV Spots
Easter Egg
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains; Stuart Galbraith IV on Katakuris’ star musicians Kenji Sawada and Kiyoshiro Imawano; Grady Hendrix on Katakuris and The Quiet Family, the film it remade; and a re-printed interview with Miike, illustrated with original stills

SRP: $39.95

  • Details

    • Region: A/B 1/2
    • Rating: NR
    • Cat No: AV012
    • Duration: 113 Mins
    • Language: Japanese
    • Subtitles: English
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Audio: Japanese: Stereo
    • Discs: 2
    • Color