The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

Starring: Naomi Nishida, Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Kiyoshiro Imawano & Tetsuro Tanba Directed by: Takashi Miike Synopsis: The Katakuri family run a peaceful country inn at the...


Starring: Naomi Nishida, Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Kiyoshiro Imawano & Tetsuro Tanba
Directed by: Takashi Miike

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…

‘Happiness’ comes from a dual-layered 31.99 bitrate transfer from arrow.  Colors are flat but very impressive.  The clarity of the film with the mixture of bright settle colors are pleasurable especially scenes of outdoor shots.  The colors are rich and the image is sharpened enough to give the vibrant moods of the film.  I really enjoyed the detail of the film all the way down to the textures with minimal to no grain.  Comparing to other releases of this film, the transfer is on point and bodes well to audiences looking for a pleasurable experience while viewing this film.  Arrow delivers another great transfer!


Transferred from a lossless audio track of the linear PCM 2.0 channel, the audio is very crisp and stable.  No pops or cracks could be heard throughout my viewing experience.  The score by Koji Endo and Koji Makaino benefited my overall experience very well and I had no displeasure whatsoever.  A very well presented film overall.



  • New High Definition 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, 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
  • 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 muscians 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

Closing thoughts:
Overall another impressive release by Arrow Films whom never disappoint with their releases.  The fact that Arrow Films takes very good care of their transfers and packaging details is extraordinary and well worth the money.  Loaded with a ton of special features all the way down to the intricacy of the packaging is spot on and I can never have asked more from Arrow Films.  The overall viewing experience was very pleasurable and the transfers for both audio and video are top notch compared to the predecessors of previous years.  I highly recommend this film if you are a fan of Arrow Films and Takashi Miike, the director himself. This is one release you shouldn’t miss out on!

Technical specifications: 


Production release: Dentsu Production Co.
Video release: Arrow Films

Number of discs: 2
Region Free
Runtime: 113 minutes
Case: Standard clear amaray case
Release date: June 16, 2015

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Japanese LPCM 2.0 (48 kHz, 16-bit)

Yes (English)


To purchase this film or any other Arrow Films merchandise visit:

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Retail: $29.96


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