Wednesday, 22 April 2015


One of our all-time favourite films is coming to Blu-ray this June, and as you've probably guessed, it's none other than Takashi Miike's deliriously deranged zombie musical, The Happiness of the Katakuris. The prolific director of shocking hits Audition and Ichi the Killer (amongst so many others) is responsible for this quirky delight, a curious blend of The Sound of Music, The Quiet Family and Dawn of the Dead!

The Katakuris are a family trying to run a peaceful country inn but with a lack of guests there is much excitement for their first visitor, until they wind up dead! As each guest dies in strange circumstances the family agree to hide the bodies, but will the cover-ups come back to haunt them...

In The Happiness of the Katakuris scenes of grotesque stop motion animation, surreal musical numbers and ravenous (goofy) zombies combine to make one of the finest horror-comedies ever made. 

The special features include:

New High Definition digital film transfer
Presented in High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD
Original uncompressed Stereo PCM audio
Audio commentary by 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 the Katakuris cast members Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida, Tetsuro 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
Trailer and TV Spots
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Johnny Mains and a re-printed interview with Miike conducted by Sean Axmaker, illustrated with original stills

The Happiness of the Katakuris will be released in the UK courtesy of Arrow Films, and is currently pencilled in for June 22, 2015. We'll keep you updated with any further news. Trust us, if you haven't already seen it, you need this movie in your life. It's a riot. Check out the trailer below.

The Happiness of the Katakuris Trailer

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