On the pretext of being a small Danish theatre troupe on a cultural exchange, the Red Chapel was granted permission by the North Korean government to stage a performance for a select audience in the capital. In reality, the small troupe comprises an unscrupulous journalist, Mads Brügger, and two Danish/Korean comedians, Jacob and Simon. Jacob is handicapped, or as he calls it, a "spastic." Their goal is to use humor to expose the intricate effects of an oppressive regime. The film follows the troupe as they are lovingly yet firmly escorted by a motherly government employee around the important historical sights, and as they "collaborate" with other government officials on their performance. Meanwhile, their double life is wearing on Jacob who feels conflicting emotions of affection and hatred for his hosts. With a sensibility similar to that of Lars Von Triers' The Idiots, The Red Chapel is a darkly humorous look inside the North Korean dictatorship.

Film Info

5 min 15 sec Duration
  • Posted: June 24, 2009
  • Director: Mads Brügger
  • Writer: Unknown or Not Available
  • Studio: Independent
  • Release: May 4, 2009
  • Cast: Unknown or Not Available

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