Pulgasari is a North Korean feature film produced in 1985, a giant-monster film similar to the Godzilla franchise. It was produced by South Korean director Shin Sang-ok, who had been kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung.
Teruyoshi Nakano and the staff from Japan's Toho studios, the creators of Godzilla, participated in creating the film's special effects. Kenpachiro Satsuma – the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995 – portrayed Pulgasari, and when the Godzilla remake was released in Japan in 1998, he was quoted as saying he preferred Pulgasari to the American Godzilla.
"The country" was ruled by an evil king until the blacksmith Takse created this bull horned monster with some rice and dirt. After being splashed with a drop of Ami's blood, Pulgasari comes to life and begins to eat all the metal and iron in the entire area. After he kills the king and acomplishes his purpose, he becomes somewhat of a nuisance. To get rid of the metal-munching monster, Ami tricks Pulgasari into eating her, causing Pulgasari to turn into a statue and crumble.
The director of the film imported suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma (who portrayed Godzilla himself in Toho's Heisei series) to play Pulgasari.