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Great Scenes – HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS

In the spirit of our recent mega-posts – written in collaboration with BoxingUweBoll – about unforgettable closing and opening scenes, today we bring you a great scene that happens to also be the opening to Takashi Miike‘s Happiness of the Katakuris, a 2001 movie so off it’s rocker it reaches a sort of fever-dream blissfulness. And once you watch the way this movie begins – with an absurd bang that defies all logic, cinematic or otherwise – you’ll no doubt understand the excitement this director sparked when he first burst on the scene in the late 90’s. This is not the sort of stuff the suits in Hollywood would – or could – allow. Which tells you about the current state of American film relative to the stuff coming in from overseas.

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