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also known as Kafuka: Inaka isha

A Country Doctor2007

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  • 4.1
Winner of several festival prizes for animation, Koji Yamamura’s adaptation of the Franz Kafka story is a glowing vision of dread. A crude groom mysteriously appears with horses when a country doctor is called on emergency. The stranger ushers the old man into the night, staying behind with the maid. The doctor’s powerlessness to block this worrying arrangement has the vexing quality of nightmare and anticipates further humiliations at the sick house. Yamamura vividly renders Kafka’s unnerving meditations on the body with painstakingly drawn animation. Extending limbs, the microscopic sounds of horses in the snow and the doctor’s disembodied narration all insinuate a most tenuous grip on reality.

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A weird strange film that held me fascinated every step of the way.

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A weird strange film that held me fascinated every step of the way.

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What a great mixing of innovation and cultural legacy.

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Very interesting and strange, just like Kafka. Beautiful animation that captured the surreal feeling of the story.

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In Kafka land the weather is windy and snowy, and the bodies elastic and unsure of their size. Fitting into a place in Kafka is probably harder than finding it, but we'll never quite know.

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We, the viewers are visually pushed and pulled and tugged like seaside taffy in this philosophical piece. The Country Doctor is a disillusioned one, going through the motions to fulfill his sense of duty. He is keenly conscious that he is not doctoring (or is he) and, after rationalizing his patients illness, makes a bid for escape. His escape, of course is but a return to the maid he abandoned to violations by the owner of the horses he borrowed to complete his task. Bleak themes buoyed by elastic animation enhance the viewers sense of futility in denial and acceptance of submission to the impertinence of our roles in society at large. Enjoy, if you can, otherwise just go make a sandwich to ease the pain.

Usually Kafka or anything that can be referred to as Kafka-esque in/and film just works, as holds true with the animated short, A Country Doctor. A haunting adaption from Japanese artist Koji Yamammura. The animation is amazing, gripping, bizarre and startling, completely keeping with the dark, surreal tone of the film. It certainly posses the ability to rattle viewers like few animated films can. Animated shorts come and go, hell most feature length films of any kind come and go, but this haunting masterpiece will stay with you.

Innovative and strange.

Gorgeous.

Kafka would approve.

Amazing animation and sound effects. Portrays sense of hopelessness and nightmare.