The Red Chapel
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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 performances as a commentary on the nation's oppressive policies and lamentable… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Sloppy even by guerrilla filmmaking standards."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Every documentary has an agenda, one supposes, but this would-be-serious condemnation of North Korea, lacking actual back-up or essential humor, merely consists of one man's obsessive and puerile snarkiness."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Things might not go quite as Brügger planned, but as is so often the case, that seems to have been for the best."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The director's ploys are stymied by the very national illusion he contends masks death camps and a citizenry's consuming fear."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The Red Chapel becomes an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda."
‑ Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"Brügger, borrowing moves from the Herzog playbook (including sardonic voiceover) prevaricates continuously, skewering the hapless state at every opportunity."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
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