A Country Doctor (film)

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A Country Doctor
Directed byKōji Yamamura
Written byKōji Yamamura
StarringSensaku Shigeyama
Music byHitomi Shimizu
CinematographyKōji Yamamura
Edited byKōji Yamamura
Distributed byShōchiku
Release date
Running time
21 minutes[1]

Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor (カフカ 田舎医者, Kafuka: Inaka Isha, German: Franz Kafka – Ein Landarzt) is a 2007 anime short film by Kōji Yamamura.[2]

The film is a direct interpretation of Franz Kafka's short story "A Country Doctor",[3] voiced by kyōgen actors of the Shigeyama house.

The film has won several awards, including the 2008 Ōfuji Noburō Award from the Mainichi Film Concours and the 2007 Grand Prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.[4] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows in 2008.


The story involves a country doctor who describes his gulping urgency call to look after a young patient.

More and more, the doctor gets involved in surreal experiences as he is transported his patient by seemingly "unearthly horses" in a blink of an eye. While treating the patient, he fails to find the fatal wound which results in humiliation by the villagers and an endless return trip, losing everything.

It tells the story of the continuous pressure on doctors, and the never-ending impossible expectations laying on their shoulders.


  1. ^ Franz Kafka A Country Doctor Archived February 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor". Newtype USA. 7 (2). February 2008. p. 15. ISSN 1541-4817.
  3. ^ "Shochiku Co.,Ltd". Shochikufilms.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
  4. ^ "'A Country Doctor' Wins Ottawa Animation Fest's Prize". Anime News Network. September 24, 2007. Retrieved 2016-03-27.

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