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Kafuka: Inaka isha (2007)

Surreal events occur when a hapless country doctor visits an ill boy one cold night.


Koji Yamamura (as Kôji Yamamura)


Franz Kafka (short story "Ein Landarzt"), Koji Yamamura (screenplay) (as Kôji Yamamura)

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Cast overview:
Sensaku Shigeyama Sensaku Shigeyama ... Doctor (voice)
Shigeru Shigeyama Shigeru Shigeyama ... Doctor's Voice 1 (voice)
Doji Shigeyama Doji Shigeyama ... Doctor's Voice 2 (voice)
Shime Shigeyama Shime Shigeyama ... Packhorse Driver (voice)
Hitomi Kanehara Hitomi Kanehara ... Rosa (voice)
Ippei Shigeyama Ippei Shigeyama ... Boy (voice)
Koji Yamamura Koji Yamamura ... Father (voice)
Marika Seto Marika Seto ... Mother (voice)
Fumi Teranishi Fumi Teranishi ... Sister (voice)


In the dead of night, an ageing doctor nearly at the end of his life is summoned to attend a young boy on his deathbed. However, his horse has died in the freezing night and having no other means of transportation, the worried physician accepts an offer from a mysterious man he finds on his doorstep. Will the doctor make it in time, moreover, save the boy's life? Written by Nick Riganas

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Animation | Short







Release Date:

17 November 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Franz Kafka - Ein Landarzt See more »

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Yamamura Animation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Boy: [the doctor is with the boy into the bed] Do you know? ,my confidence in you is very small. You were only shaken out from somewhere. You don't come on your own feet. Instead of helping, you give me less room on my deathbed. The best thing would be if I scratch your eyes out.
Doctor: Right,it's a disgrace. But now I'm a doctor. What am I supposed to do? Believe me, things are not easy for me either.
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Great Animation and Great Adaptation
18 September 2017 | by zacknaboSee all my reviews

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.

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