The story of a generational family that comes together to start a bed and breakfast, Happiness of the Katakuris is part musical, part stop motion, and part comedy of errors as the guests start mysteriously dying and family is left trying to cover up the evidence.
A loose remake of the Korean black comedy THE QUIET FAMILY (1998).
Happiness of the Katakuris follows the exploits of the Katakuris, a family of misfits and failures. The son is a criminal, the daughter is divorced, the father is unemployed... things aren't looking great for the Katakuris.
Receiving a nice check for the father's layoff, the family decides to purchase a house out in the mountains, by Mount Fuji. They title it the "White Lover's Inn" and open it up as a bed and breakfast.
Unfortunately, things unsurprisingly go not-so-swimmingly for the unfortunate Katakuris. The father, having bought the house on the belief that a road was in construction to run by it, becomes increasingly frustrated by its as of yet unfinished status. In the middle of nowhere, the family finds themselves with no customers and no cashflow.
Finally, a guest arrives. Arriving without any clothes, the TV reporter commits suicide that night. In shock, the family decides to hide the body to avoid any bad press it may bring.
Another guest soon arrives who turns out to be a Sumo wrestler with his underage girlfriend. While having sex, the sumo wrestler suffers a heart attack and dies. Again, the Katakuris conceal the death, growing increasingly worried.
Shizue, the daughter, falls for a conman gigolo who (despite looking suspiciously Japanese) professes to be a Navy Officer and nephew of Queen Elizabeth. More guests arrive, this time a strange family of four asking for cord and the cheapest room available. On the pursuit of a criminal, the police arrive and begin searching around. The road construction soon nears completion but the path unfortunately goes straight through the backyard where all of the bodies have been buried by the Katakuris. On top of it all, the nearby Mt. Fuji soon erupts and the dead house guests come back from the dead. Chaos descends upon the Katakuris. In between, disturbing stop motion animation is utilized and unpredictable dance sequences erupt from the family.
The Happiness of the Katakuris ends up being an eccentric yet oddly compelling film/musical. Incredibly camp and completely bizarre, it's hard to predict what Miike may throw at the viewer next.