Bulgasari (1962)

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The South Korean poster for Bulgasari
Directed by Kim Myeong-je
Producer Cho Yong-Jin
Written by Yoon Beom
Music by Kim Yong-hwan
Running time 110 minutes
(1 hour, 50 minutes)[1]

Bulgasari (불가사리,   Bulgasali) is a 1962 South Korean giant monster film produced by Kwang-seong Films. Released to South Korean theaters on December 1, 1962, Bulgasari is believed to be the first Korean giant monster film, predating Yongary, Monster from the Deep and Space Monster Wangmagwi by five years, and was inspired by the same legendary monster as the 1985 North Korean film Pulgasari.[2] It is now considered lost. However, a copy of the film's screenplay is available at the Korean Film Archive.[1]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Murdered by traitors during the Goryeo dynasty, a skilled martial artist is resurrected as the iron-eating monster Bulgasari to seek vengeance.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Kim Myeong-je
  • Produced by   Cho Yong-Jin
  • Written by   Yoon Beom
  • Music by   Kim Yong-hwan

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Choe Seong-ho
  • Choi Mu-ryong
  • Eom Aeng-ran
  • Ji Bang-yeol
  • Jo Hang
  • Kim Dong-won
  • Gang Mi-ae
  • Park Sun-bong
  • Lee Up-Dong

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Bulgasari (film)/Gallery.

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Pulgasari (alternate romanization)
  • Bulgasari at the End of Songdo (松都末年의 불가사리; full South Korean title)

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

  • South Korea - December 1, 1962

Reception[edit | edit source]

Bulgasari was widely panned upon release for Kim Myeong-je's antiquated direction and unconvincing special effects.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Bulgasari (film). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bulgasari. Korean Movie Database. Retrieved on 1 November 2022.
  2. Impossible-to-Kill(不可杀伊). Encyclopedia of Korean Folk Culture. Retrieved on 13 February 2021.
  3. Yeongjin, Lee (29 July 2008). Native Korean Monsters Are Coming. Cine21.


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