Ranked #3461

Inaka Isha

Alternative Titles

English: Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor
Synonyms: Kafka Inaka Isha, Ein Landarzt
Japanese: カフカ 田舎医者


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2007
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Unknown
Duration: 21 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.941 (scored by 4,050 users)
Ranked: #34612
Popularity: #2787
Members: 8,388
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A hapless country doctor describes with breathless urgency a night-time summons to attend a young patient. Events soon take on a surreal aspect as "unearthly horses" transport him instantaneously to the bedside. The doctor, preoccupied with personal distractions and grievances against those he is employed to care for, fails to find what is revealed to be a vile, fatal wound. He is humiliated by the villagers, who are "always expecting the impossible from the doctor," and doomed to an endless return trip, losing everything.

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Yamamura, Koji
Yamamura, Koji
Director, Creator
Kafka, Franz
Kafka, Franz
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Sep 28, 2009
Making sense of Kafka`s work is difficult enough in its original form as prose, but trying to throw a theatrical spin on something as introspective as Country Doctor makes it even more confusing. The story starts with a distraught country doctor who`s horse has died the night before. His maid runs around town trying to borrow a horse so that the doctor might make his urgent appointment, but no one is willing. In frustration, the doctor kicks the door on his pigsty, and he finds a groom inside, and two horses as well. The groom prepares the horses but the doctor realizes he is after read more
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Feb 12, 2009
Franz Kafka's stories are known for their weirdness, and so it was inevitable that at least one would be adapted to anime, where a little bit of weird is the norm. ("The Metamorphosis" is available in graphic novel format) But I'm surprised that it's this story, of which I've never heard, was the one.

The story in "A Country Doctor" was hard to follow. Perhaps I'd understand it better if I read the story on which it's based. A lot of it is probably supposed to be metaphors for stuff. Like when one character suddenly bit another character; that's probably a metaphor for humans' cruel nature read more
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Feb 9, 2012
From the beginning of its great opening sequence, Inaka Isha catches its audience with a raw humanity right from "Go". This harrowing narrative acquaints us with an experience similar to Teshigahara Hiroshi's ' Suna no onna (Woman in the Dunes) or the opening scene of Alain Renais' Hiroshima, Mon Amour : we see beautiful animation in the way the snow envelopes the screen and in the sketchiness of the lines, making this seem more like a painting than an anime.

Also, pay attention to the wonderful shadow work in the left most corner of the screen, reminiscent of early silhouette work of Lotte Reiniger (also seen read more
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Both of them are made by the same studio (Studio DEEN) sou the animation stile is identical. Both of them have weard plot lines. 
reportRecommended by Dille
Anime: Nekojiru-sou
Bizarre surrealism at it's finest. While Inaka Isha features a much darker color palette than Cat Soup, both maintain a similar atmosphere. 
reportRecommended by LucySky
Anime: Jack to Mame no Ki (1989)
Both take fairly know story (Jack and the Bean Stalk/Ein Landarzt by Franz Kafka) and remake them into dementia style. Both have similar hand-drawn like animation and both can be a bit trippy but enjoyable. 
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Anime: Yonimo Osoroshii Nihon Mukashibanashi
Both take look at otherwise fairly well know stories (Village Doctor by Franz Kafka/traditional japanese fairy tales) and remake them into something weird and creepy. Both are dementia and psychological genre.
reportRecommended by abystoma2
Anime: Beluga
Both are short experimental movies. Both are adaptation of famous stories (The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderses/A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka). Both have dementia genre and both are trippy and plot-twisting. Also, both have very similar animation. If you liked one of those or if you´re into experimental works in general, check these out. 
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Anime: Muybridge no Ito
Inaka Isha and Muybridge no Ito both rely on sketchy, distorted animation and muted colors to tell their surreal stories. Muybridge no Ito can be difficult to follow, with many non-plot segments inserted throughout the movie. Once understood, however, its storyline is simple. Inaka Isha is no less confusing, but is presented in a more traditional fashion. Horses also play a large roll in both. 
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