Pulgasari (1985)

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The South Korean poster for Pulgasari
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png Pulgasari: Monster of Legend (1998)
See alternate titles
Directed by Shin Sang-ok
Chong Gon Jo
Producer Shin Sang-ok
Written by Kim Se Ryun
Music by So Jong Gon
Distributor Raging ThunderJP
Rating Not Rated
Running time 95 minutes
(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!
(국내 최초로 공개되는 북한영화 제1호
50년민에 북에서 왔습네다!)

— South Korean tagline

The true kaiju movie the entire world has been waiting for! (全世界が待っていた本物の怪獣映画!)

— Japanese tagline

It lives to eat! Banned for a decade

— U.S. VHS tagline

Pulgasari (불가사리,   Bulgasali) is a 1985 tokusatsu kaiju film co-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.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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 Pulgasari into eating her, causing him to revert back to his original components and crumble away.

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

Cast[edit | edit source]

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   Juvenile Pulgasari

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pulgasari (film)/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pulgasari (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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

Video releases[edit | edit source]

A.D. Vision VHS (2001)

  • Tapes: 1
  • Audio: Korean
  • Subtitles: English

Pioneer DVD (2000)[2]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Korean, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Out of print.

Broadway DVD (2012)[3]

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Korean, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: None

Videos[edit | edit source]

Japanese Pulgasari trailer
Complete film with English subtitles
High-quality Pulgasari opening credits

Trivia[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Pulgasari (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. プルガサリ - Wikipedia
  2. "Plugasari DVD". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  3. "プルガサリ 伝説の大怪獣 [レンタル落ち]". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 19 October 2021.


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