Inaka Isha

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor

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Synonyms: Kafka Inaka Isha, Ein Landarzt
Japanese: カフカ 田舎医者
English: Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2007
Producers: Shochiku
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Source: Other
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 20 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #57712
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Popularity: #4467
Members: 22,641
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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.

(Source: ANN)


The film is a direct interpretation of Franz Kafka's short story A Country Doctor.

The film has won several awards, including the 2008 Oufuji Noburou Award from the Mainichi Film Concours and the 2007 Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Characters & Voice Actors




Yamamura, Koji
Director, Script, Storyboard, In-Between Animation, Editing, Key Animation, Special Effects, 2nd Key Animation, Creator, Character Design, Director of Photography, Background Art
Kafka, Franz
Original Creator


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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 ...
Jan 13, 2020
Mixed Feelings
So, the story is pretty straightforward but also kind of confusing if you're just looking for a light watch and since it was a short film, I wasn't expecting the weirdness of it all. Weird is almost an understatement.

I didn't read the story prior to watching, but I did read it afterwards and I was still left feeling underwhelmed with the story.

The animation is what keeps you interested to watch it. The art is beautiful in its absurdness and I think the art is the only thing that gives this story life -- I also think that it further aids the weirdness of ...
Jan 20, 2019
“I really want to scratch your eyeballs out.” — Terminal child

Not satisfied with the limited selection of the in-town whores, the Doctor (who?) decided to turn toward pedophilia — and LSD — to quell his pent-up sexual frustration; unfortunately, Gandhi (the child) wasn’t having any of it. Not easily deterred, the Doctor (seriously, who?) rubbed his wrinkly shlong all over an unsuspecting horse, in what can only be described as a bizarre case of sexual assault.

Franz Kafka, an Austrian-Hungarian writer, wrote A Country Doctor in 1917, during a period where he suffered from stress, migraines, depression, insomnia — SOCIALIST INFLUENCES — and anxiety. ...

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