Pulgasari (1985 film)

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Kaiju Film
Directed by                   Produced by
Shin Sang-ok
Chong Gon Jo
Kim Jong-il
Shin Sang-ok
Written by                       Music by  
Kim Se Ryun So Jong Gon
Distributed by                       Rating      
Raging ThunderJP Not Rated
  Budget                           Box Office
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Running Time
95 minutesJP
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Designs Used
ShodaiPuru, ShodaiBebiiPuru

Pulgasari (プルガサリ:伝説の大怪獣? Purugasari: Densetsu no Daikaijū, Lit. Pulgasari: Monster of Legend) is a 1985 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by a North Korean film studio. It was released to North Korean theaters in 1985 and to Japanese theaters on July 4, 1998.


In feudal Korea, during the Goryeo Dynasty, a King controls the land with an iron fist, subjecting the peasantry to misery and starvation. An old blacksmith who was sent to prison creates a tiny figurine of a monster by making a doll of rice. When it comes into contact with the blood of the blacksmith's daughter, the creature springs to life, becoming a giant metal-eating monster named Pulgasari. After he kills the king and fulfills his purpose, he becomes a nuisance, feeding on metal and eating buildings. But, Ami tricks Pulgasarri into eating her, causing him to revert back to his original components and crumble away.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Shin Sang-ok and Chong Gon Jo
  • Written by   Kim Se Ryun
  • Produced by   Kim Jong-il and Shin Sang-ok
  • Music by   So Jong Gon
  • Cinematography by   Kenichi Eguchi, Cho Myong Hyon, and Sung Ho Pak
  • Edited by   Ryon Sun Kim
  • Assistant Directing by   Eiichi Asada and Chong Gon Jo
  • Special Effects by   Duk Ho Kim, Teruyoshi Nakano, Chong Gil Pak, Eiji Shirokuma, and Nobuyuki Yasumaru
  • Assistant Director of Special Effects   Osamu Kume


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Chang Son Hui   as   Ami
  • Ham Gi Sop   as   Inde
  • Jong-uk Ri   as   Ana
  • Gwon Ri   as   Takse
  • Gyong-ae Yu   as   Inde's Mother
  • Hye-chol Ro   as   Inde's Brother
  • Sang-hun Tae   as   Rebel Forces
  • Gi-chon Kim   as   Rebel Forces
  • In-chol Ri   as   Rebel Forces
  • Riyonun Ri   as   General Fuan
  • Yong-hok Pak   as   The King
  • Pong-ilk Pak   as   The Governor
  • Kenpachirô Satsuma   as   Pulgasari
  • 'Little Man' Machan   as   Baby Pulgasari



  • Pulgasari
  • Baby Pulgasari


Main article: Pulgasari/Gallery.


Main article: Pulgasari (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Bulgasari
  • Pulgasari: Monster of Legend (Purugasari: Densetsu no Daikaijū; Japan)
  • Zombi 34: The Communist Bull-Monster (زومبی 34: کمیونسٹ بل دانو; Pakistan)

Theatrical Releases

  • South Korea - 1985; July 22, 2000 (Re-Release)
  • Japan - July 4, 1998

Video Releases

GI Studios (2014)[1]

  • Released: February 16, 2014
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Other Details: 109 minutes run time, 1 disc

PR Studios (2014)[2]

  • Released: June 18, 2014
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Other Details: 109 minutes run time, 1 disc




  • The director of Pulgasari, Shin Sang-ok, was kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung.
  • The director of the film imported suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma (who portrayed Godzilla himself in Toho's Heisei series) to play Pulgasari.


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