Director: Takashi Miike
Most of the films from Takashi Miike are very different from anything you’ll see out of Hollywood. Often disturbing, violent, and always imaginative, Miike is one of the most prolific and interesting Japanese directors. That said, I was still surprised at how bizarre this film really is.
Part musical, part comedy, part stop-motion animation, part horror film, part family melodrama, The Happiness of the Katakuris is one of the most innovative and surreal films I’ve ever seen. It seems as if Miike decided to make a film that existed in all genres at once. It’s a truly unique experience for the viewer, especially during the karaoke sequence.
This film is very difficult to review. If you like Miike’s other work, you’ll probably like this (though it may be a little too weird for some tastes). It’s well made, well acted, and has interesting visuals. The film as a whole is entertaining, though you’ll probably be left scratching your head.
The Happiness of the Katakuris is yet another example of Miike’s range and skill as a director, and proof that his films are some of the most daring and original of this decade.Colin Le Sueur