The Red Chapel
The Red Chapel (2010)

"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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Sloppy even by guerrilla filmmaking standards.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Things might not go quite as Brügger planned, but as is so often the case, that seems to have been for the best.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The director's ploys are stymied by the very national illusion he contends masks death camps and a citizenry's consuming fear.

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Karina Longworth
Village Voice

The Red Chapel becomes an infectiously funny, gonzo glimpse into the sausage-making process of propaganda.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Brügger, borrowing moves from the Herzog playbook (including sardonic voiceover) prevaricates continuously, skewering the hapless state at every opportunity.

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