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5 Ratings

The Castle


China, Hong Kong, 2015


A stranger claiming to be a land surveyor arrives at a remote frontier village governed by a nearby castle and fights to gain the acceptance of the villagers.

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The Castle Directed by Emyr ap Richard, Erdenibulag Darhad
Richard and Erdenibulag’s K, which concludes with the music of John Adams, is dreamlike in the sense of depicting a strange experience that goes on well past its apparent lifespan, to the point of disso-lution. Here, acted out, Kafka’s arbitrary predicaments become self-aware melodrama, then finally subside into melancholic desperation. Or, as the film cryptically subtitles one line: "How suicidal happiness can be!
May 05, 2015
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April 14, 2015
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A strange and intriguing reanimation of Franz Kafka’s unfinished novel The Castle.
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