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Kaiju Film
Pulgasari-poster
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.


Plot

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 after sticking herself with a pin wile repairing some clothes, 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, eating all of the farmers' iron tools to survive. But, Ami tricks Pulgasari into eating her by hiding in a iron gong, causing him to turn into a stone statue and crumble away.

Staff

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

Cast

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
  • Kenpachiro Satsuma   as   Pulgasari
  • Masao Fukazawa   as   Baby Pulgasari

Appearances

Monsters

Gallery

Main article: Pulgasari/Gallery.

Soundtrack

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

Videos

Trailers

Trivia

  • 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.
    • In addition, Masao Fukazawa, the suit actor who played Minilla in the Showa era, was brought in to play Pulgasari's juvenile form.
    • When the film was finished, Kenpachiro was quoted as saying he preferred even Pulgasari to the American Godzilla.

References

Films
Godzilla films
Showa era GodzillaGodzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechagodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla
Heisei era The Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla IIGodzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. Destoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechagodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final Wars
TriStar Pictures Godzilla (1998 film)
MonsterVerse GodzillaGodzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla vs. Kong
Toho reboot series Shin GodzillaGodzilla: Planet of the Monsters
King Kong films
Showa era King Kong (1933)Son of KongKing Kong vs. GodzillaKing Kong Escapes
Paramount film King Kong (1976)
Universal film King Kong (2005)
MonsterVerse Kong: Skull IslandGodzilla vs. Kong
Mothra films
Showa era Mothra
Heisei era Rebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
Gamera films
Showa era Gamera (1965)Gamera vs. BarugonGamera vs. GyaosGamera vs. VirasGamera vs. GuironGamera vs. JigerGamera vs. ZigraGamera: Super Monster
Heisei era Gamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera 2: Attack of LegionGamera 3: Revenge of IrisGamera: The Brave
Reboot film Gamera (Upcoming film)
Other films
Showa era Japanese King KongKing Kong Appears in EdoThe Beast From 20,000 FathomsRodanThe MysteriansVaranWarning from SpaceH-ManThe Birth of JapanGorathKujira GamiAtragonMatangoDogoraFrankenstein vs. BaragonWar of the GargantuasDaimajinReturn of DaimajinWrath of DaimajinThe X From Outer SpaceGappaSpace AmoebaDaigoro vs. GoliathSubmersion of JapanProphecies of NostradamusThe Last DinosaurThe War in SpaceBye-Bye JupiterPulgasari
Heisei era Yamato Takeru
American films CloverfieldPacific RimPacific Rim: Uprising10 Cloverfield Lane
Miscellaneous Go! GodmanThe Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 SummitAttack on Titan
Cancelled or scrapped films
Showa era Bride of GodzillaThe Volcano MonstersKing Kong vs. PrometheusFrankenstein vs. The Human VaporGiant Horde Beast NezuraGamera The Giant Monster vs. The Ice Men From Outer SpaceBatman vs. GodzillaOperation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. EbirahGiant Monster GigantGiant Squid Monster ArkitiusGiant Monster MomonraReigon: Devil of the SeabedGodzilla vs. Hedorah sequelJet Jaguar vs. MegalonU.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaAll Monsters Attack DirectiveGodzilla vs. RedmoonGodzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense DirectiveThe Return of King GhidorahMechanical Monster GaruganGamera vs. GarasharpThe Legend of King KongDevil-MantaA Space GodzillaGodzilla vs. Asuka Fortress
Heisei era The Return of Godzilla (original draft)Mothra vs. BaganUntitled animated Godzilla filmGodzilla vs. King KongGodzilla vs. Mechani-KongThe Return of King GhidorahGodzilla vs. GigamothGodzilla vs. MechaMothraGodzilla vs. BerserkGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft)Gamera vs. PhoenixGodzilla vs. AstroGodzillaGodzilla vs. Ghost GodzillaGodzilla vs. Barubaroi
Millennium series Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla vs. Gamera
American films Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-DGodzilla (1994 film)Godzilla RebornGodzilla 3D to the MAX
TriStar Pictures Godzilla 2
MonsterVerse Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)

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