Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the world premiere Blu-ray release of Japanese cult director Takashi Miike’ musical horror-comedy, The Happiness of the Katakuris. Described as The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead, this wacky Japanese cult classic will debut on Blu-ray in all its crazy glory from 22nd June 2015.
A super-production by Japanese star standards, Miike’s film features a cast that the filmmakers compare to Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon and other Hollywood royalty! Taking a small Korean horror comedy as its inspiration (which Miike claims he watched on a poor quality VHS without subtitles) the renegade filmmaker re-made the film in his inimitable style, with the addition of music numbers for a truly bizarre concoction of genres that produces one of the finest comedy horrors of recent times!
Presented with new transfer of the film, this disc will come loaded bonus content, including an extensive brand new interview with Miike himself, a commentary by his biographer Tom Mes and much more including interviews and featurettes on the making of the film, the cast and their roles and a video essay profile of Miike’s sensational career.
Packaged with the release is newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil and a fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing by authors and critics on the film itself, The Quiet Family, the film’s star musicians (‘Elvis’ and ‘Jagger’) and a contemporary interview with Miike, illustrated with original stills.
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 cover-ups 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
Release Date: Monday 22nd June 2015 Certificate: 18 Language: Japanese Running Time: 113 minutes Region A & B/ 1&2 Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Audio: Stereo Color: Color Blu-ray Cat Number: FCD1113Share: