Pulgasari (1985)

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The North Korean Pulgasari poster
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Pulgasari: Monster of Legend (1998)
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Directed by Shin Sang-ok
Chong Gon Jo
Producer(s) Shin Sang-ok
Written by Kim Se Ryun
Music by So Jong Gon
Distributor Raging ThunderJP
Rating Not Rated
Running time 95 minutesJP
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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The first North Korean film released in the country.
After 50 years, it came from the North!

— South Korean tagline

The true kaiju movie the entire world has been waiting for!

— Japanese tagline

It lives to eat! Banned for a decade

— US VHS tagline

Pulgasari (불가사리,   Bulgasali) is a 1985 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Korean Film Studio and Shin Films. It was distributed to North Korean theaters by Korean Film Studio in 1985 and to Japanese theaters by Raging Thunder 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, Chong Gon Jo
  • Written by   Kim Se Ryun
  • Produced by   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, Chong Gon Jo
  • Special effects by   Duk Ho Kim, Teruyoshi Nakano, Chong Gil Pak, Eiji Shirokuma
  • 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
  • Kenpachiro Satsuma   as   Pulgasari
  • Masao Fukazawa   as   Baby Pulgasari




Main article: Pulgasari (film)/Gallery.


Main article: Pulgasari (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • Bulgasari (Alternate romanization)
  • Pulgasari: Monster of Legend (プルガサリ:伝説の大怪獣,   Purugasari: Densetsu no Daikaijū, Japan)
  • Zombi 34: The Communist Bull-Monster (زومبی 34: کمیونسٹ بل دانو; Pakistan)

Theatrical releases

  • North Korean - 1985
  • Japan - July 4, 1998[1]
  • South Korea - July 22, 2000

Video releases

ADV VHS (2001)

  • Audio: Korean with English subtitles

Geneon DVD (2004)[2]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Korean, Japanese
  • Notes: Subtitles are Japanese only. Out of print.

Bootleg/public domain releases

Pulgasari has never received an official DVD release in the United States, but English-subtitled bootlegs of the film are sold on Amazon by GI Studios and PR Studios.

GI Studios DVD (2014)[3]

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Korean with English subtitles
  • Notes: Bootleg DVD-R

PR Studios DVD (2014)[4]

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Korean with English subtitles
  • Notes: Bootleg DVD-R


Japanese Pulgasari trailer
Complete film with English subtitles


  • 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. After he and his wife escaped during a film festival in Vienna, Shin began working in Hollywood. His work there included the screenplay for the 1996 fantasy film Galgameth, effectively a remake of Pulgasari set in medieval Europe.
  • The director of the film imported suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma (who portrayed Godzilla himself in the Heisei series) to play Pulgasari.

See also

External links


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