The Red Chapel (2010)



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"The Red Chapel" is the name of small experimental theater troupe from Holland that was formed by a pair of Danish performers of Korean descent. Or at least that's what the North Korean government was led to believe when they gave them permission to do a performance tour of the country; in truth, "the Red Chapel" was formed by a pair of improvisational comics (who are in fact of Korean heritage) and a radical journalist who traveled to North Korea in hopes of using subversive, satirical … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Oct 4, 2011
Lorber Films

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Rarely has comedy been as unnerving as it is in The Red Chapel. Perhaps that's because it's hard to tell who the joke is on. One thing's for sure, though: North Korea isn't laughing.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Detroit News
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Things might not go quite as Brügger planned, but as is so often the case, that seems to have been for the best.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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The Red Chapel becomes an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Village Voice
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Sloppy even by guerrilla filmmaking standards.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
New York Times
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Comedy of the absurd meets the country of the absurd in The Red Chapel, a clear-eyed and inspired documentary about the folly that is North Korea.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
New York Post
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Brügger, borrowing moves from the Herzog playbook (including sardonic voiceover) prevaricates continuously, skewering the hapless state at every opportunity.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

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