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Pulgasari in Pulgasari
Bulgasari in Bulgasari
Alternate names Bulgasari, Bulgasali
Subtitle(s) Giant Monster (大怪獣,   Daikaijū)PLG[1]
Legendary Giant Monster
(伝説の大怪獣,   Densetsu no Daikaijū)PLG[2]
Species Giant resurrected humanBLG;
animated rice figurinePLG
Forms Human form, BulgasariBLG;
rice doll, infant, adultPLG
Allies Ami (initially)PLG
Enemies King of the Goryeo dynastyPLG
Played by Kenpachiro SatsumaPLG,
Masao Fukazawa (juvenile)PLG
First appearance Latest appearance
Bulgasari (1962) Pulgasari (1985)

Pulgasari, also spelled Bulgasari (불가사리,   Bulgasali), is a legendary creature from Korean mythology. There have been at least two films interpreting the character as a giant monster: the 1962 South Korean film Bulgasari, and the 1985 North Korean film Pulgasari, the former now lost.


"Bulgasari" or "Pulgasari" (불가사리,   Bulgasali) is the name of a legendary creature, originating from the Sino-Korean Bulgasal, meaning "Impossible-to-Kill" ( () () ()).[3] Bulgasari can also be interpreted to mean "Killed-by-Fire" ( () () ()) if a different set of homophonous Chinese characters are used.[3] "Pulgasari" is the way this name would be romanized in the McCune-Reischauer system, a variant of which is used as the official Korean romanization scheme in North Korea. The spelling "Bulgasari" or "Bulgasali," meanwhile, is derived from the Revised Romanization of Korean system, which is used in South Korea. In Japan, the monster from Pulgasari was referred to as プルガサリ (Purugasari), a transliteration of the former spelling.


Bulgasari's appearance, as seen from a few publicity photos, resembles a large humanoid creature with grey and bumpy skin.

In Pulgasari, Pulgasari resembles a bull. He is exceedingly tall, and has a muscular body reminiscent of the Minotaur. He has long horns, and dark fur covering his body. His belly also appears to be protected by plates of gold-colored armor.


In Pulgasari, Pulgasari was created when a small monster figurine created by a blacksmith came in contact with the blood of the blacksmith's daughter, giving rise to the horned monster.



After being murdered by traitors during the Goryeo dynasty, a skilled martial artist is resurrected as Bulgasari, a fearsome monster who consumes iron.


In feudal Korea during the Goryeo dynasty, an evil emperor rules the land with an iron fist. He sends the villagers into misery and poverty. All seems hopeless, until an old blacksmith was sent to prison for an unspecified reason. During his time at the jailhouse, he builds a small figure of a monster. When the small figure is splashed by the blood of the blacksmith's daughter Ami, it creates Pulgasari. Pulgasari starts eating metal, becoming bigger and stronger. Eventually, he becomes powerful enough to try to take on the emperor. The emperor's guards attempt to stop Pulgasari, but the creature is unaffected and kills them all. Pulgasari finally kills the emperor and ends his wrath. Unfortunately, Pulgasari's appetite for iron begins to hurt the villagers he once protected, as he must continue to feast on whatever iron they can find or else he'll die. Ami, unwilling to let her friend and people suffer any further, tricks Pulgasari into eating her, causing Pulgasari to dissolve, killing them both.


Main article: Pulgasari/Gallery.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese プルガサリ Purugasari Transcription of English name


  • Pulgasari's overall role and backstory in Pulgasari strongly resembles Daimajin:
    • Both kaiju are spirits that can take a physical form.
    • Both Daimajin and Pulgasari appear in a medieval setting, and are prized by the common people.
    • Both Daimajin and Pulgasari attack the bourgeoisie of said medieval setting.
    • After their work is done, both Daimajin and Pulgasari disappear, but not before threatening to cause chaos that affects the people who previously released them.
  • Another giant Bulgasari appeared in an episode of the South Korean televised puppet show Once Upon a Time.[4]

See also


This is a list of references for Pulgasari. 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. "Giant Monster Pulgasari (大怪獣プルガサリ)". eiga-chirashi.jp. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  2. "プルガサリ~伝説の大怪獣~ [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "불가사리(不可杀伊)" [Impossible-to-Kill]. Encyclopedia of Korean Folk Culture. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  4. 옛날티비 : KBS Archive (1 April 2019). "[시청자기증영상] 옛날 옛날에 - 불가사리 마지막회 (1981년) - 기증자 이흥주님". YouTube.


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