Tuesday, 27 July 2010

MIFF Review - The Red Chapel

IMDB, Wikipedia
Score: 4/5
Language: Danish, Korean, English. (english subs)
Genre: Documentary/comedy
Summary: (from MIFF)
A subversive comedy tour through North Korea takes a turn for the absurd in this Yes Men-style gonzo doco from Mads Brügger.
Fighting propaganda with propaganda, filmmaker Mads Brügger takes two Danish–Korean comedians – the rotund Simon and the self-professed ‘spastic’ Jacob – on a tour of North Korea in an attempt to expose the tyrannical regime for what it is.
Employing guerilla filmmaking tactics, the trio attempt to covertly critique the totalitarian policies of the state – a prank that starts to spin out of control as the tour’s state-appointed minders step in to rewrite the comedians’ show as a celebration of Kim Jong-il.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
“Layers of propaganda, indoctrination, and pranksterism collide in bewildering ways.” – Hollywood Reporter
D Mads Brügger P Peter Engel S Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen WS Danish Broadcasting Corporation L Danish, English w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009 
  • Funny 
  • The most insight I've had into Nth Korea. Did not expect to get this from the way this doco sounded like
  • Would have liked to have heard the thoughts of the two comedians and their manager once they have left Nth Korea and weren't being careful with what they were saying and weren't having their film censored every night by the secret police

1 comment:

Jamas Enright said...

I saw this at the DocNZ festival earlier in the year. Very intriguing, and agree would like to have had a follow up.

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