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The Red Chapel

Det Røde Kapel
(DVD - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Combining the muckraking spirit of Michael Moore with the confrontational comedy of Borat, The Red Chapel is a one-of-a-kind documentary that reveals the injustices of North Korea with a hilariously dark wit ... a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel", pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. This stunt is led by the acerbic director Mads Brügger, and assisted by Simon Jul and Jacob Nossell, two performers of South Korean descent. Constantly shadowed by their guide, Mrs. Pak, they fake allegiance to Kim Jong-il and hope for "One Korea." Only Jacob is allowed to speak his mind. Suffering from cerebral palsy, his halting speech is impossible to translate, so he insults his socialist hosts and receives smiles in return ... an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian nightmare." -- Container.
Title: The Red Chapel
Det røde kapel
[videorecording]
Published: New York, NY : Lorber Films : Kino Lorber Education [distributor], [2011]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a documentary film in 2009.
Summary: "Combining the muckraking spirit of Michael Moore with the confrontational comedy of Borat, The Red Chapel is a one-of-a-kind documentary that reveals the injustices of North Korea with a hilariously dark wit ... a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel", pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. This stunt is led by the acerbic director Mads Brügger, and assisted by Simon Jul and Jacob Nossell, two performers of South Korean descent. Constantly shadowed by their guide, Mrs. Pak, they fake allegiance to Kim Jong-il and hope for "One Korea." Only Jacob is allowed to speak his mind. Suffering from cerebral palsy, his halting speech is impossible to translate, so he insults his socialist hosts and receives smiles in return ... an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian nightmare." -- Container.
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, World Cinema Jury Prize, Sundance.
Local Note: 1
Alternate Title: Røde kapel
Branch Call Number: DVD 951.93 RED
Statement of Responsibility: Lorber Films ; created and directed by Mads Brügger ; produced by Peter Engel
Credits: Director of photography/editor, René Johannsen.
Performers: With Jacob Nossell and Simon Jul.
System Details: DVD; 1.85:1 Letterbox.
Other Language: In English, Danish and Korean, with English subtitles.
Subject Headings: Korea (North) Politics and government 1994- Video recordings. Propaganda Korea (North) Video recordings. Kim, Chŏng-il, 1942- Influence Video recordings. Cerebral palsied actors Denmark Video recordings. Korean Danes Travel Korea (North) P'yŏngyang Video recordings. Korean Danish comedians Korea (North) P'yŏngyang Video recordings. Theater Political aspects Korea (North) Video recordings. Revues Korea (North) P'yŏngyang Video recordings. Impostors and imposture Korea (North) P'yŏngyang Video recordings. P'yŏngyang (Korea) Social conditions Video recordings. Korea (North) Social conditions Video recordings. Korea (North) Social life and customs Video recordings.
Topical Term: Propaganda
Cerebral palsied actors
Korean Danes
Korean Danish comedians
Theater
Revues
Impostors and imposture
Publisher No: LF-DVD-707
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Dec 09, 2012
  • Devacalder rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was interesting being able to actually see how the people inside North Korea function, but I disagree with the synopsis. There's nothing Borat or Moore-esque about this documentary. I would not consider this a comedy.

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