Reptilian (1999)

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Yonggary films
Yongary, Monster from the Deep
The South Korean poster for Reptilian
Directed by Hyung-rae Shim
Producer(s) Hyung-rae Shim
Written by Hyung-rae Shim, Marty Poole
Music by Sung-woo Jo, Chris Desmond
Distributor Zero Nine Entertainment
Rating PG-13
Budget ₩10,000,000,000
Running time 90 minutes1999
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
99 minutes2001
(1 hour, 39 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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For the Godzilla: The Series monster, see Reptilian.

Reptilian (용가리,   Yonggari, lit. Yonggary) is a 1999 kaiju film co-produced by Younggu-Art Movies and Zero Nine Entertainment. It was released to South Korean theaters on July 17, 1999, followed by an extended version with improved special effects on January 20, 2001. It was released internationally later in the year.


A team of archeologists led by Dr. Campbell explore a cave full of dinosaur bones. Dr. Wendell Hughes, having wandered off on his own, is stunned to discovered an alien fossil as well. Campbell in charge of the expedition ignores his cry and presses on. One of the archeologists strikes a glowing red vein on a stone pillar with a hatchet, setting off an explosion. Only Hughes and Campbell survive, though Hughes is presumed dead. The explosion reveals a tablet full of hieroglyphics, which Campbell views with triumph.

Two years later, as a Galaxion spaceship approaches the Moon, Campbell's efforts to excavate a dinosaur skeleton "50 times the size of T. rex" are well underway. Bud Black, a reporter, arrives unannounced at the dig site. Campbell is impressed to learn he was published in Time and welcomes him, though his lead assistant Holly Davis is unmoved. Meanwhile, the spaceship shoots down a Space Shuttle and a satellite.

Presumed dead since the explosion, Hughes returns to the dig site. He demands an end to the excavation, believing that it will lead to the resurrection of the dinosaur, which he calls Yonggary. Campbell scoffs and has him forcibly escorted away. Later that night, fighters deployed by the spaceship fire on the dig site, killing two workers. Their deaths go unnoticed until morning, with Campbell destroying Black's film when he tries to photograph them. He blames their deaths on a live wire and orders the others back to work, offering to double their salaries. It is the third such accident in the past week. Holly, aghast at Campbell's callousness, resigns. The U.S. military detects the spaceship hovering over Earth, but the Galaxions press on with their plans.

Yonggary's teeth fly out of the ground and return to his jaw, killing another worker in the process, while his skeleton begin to regrow. Again, Campbell blocks Black's efforts to document his death. He even convinces Black to help him hide the body, only for another worker to die later that night. Facing a revolt, Campbell threatens to report the remaining workers, who are all undocumented immigrants, and they fall in line.

Hughes follows Holly to a bar, where he repeats his warning about Yonggary, first told to him by a shaman in Southeast Asia. According to this prophecy, the dinosaur will be reborn to destroy the world. He reveals that he took the alien fossil to the U.S. government, which became too preoccupied studying it to bother with Yonggary. Holly doesn't believe him at first, but is convinced upon reading that carbon dating estimated that the Galaxion fossil was 220 to 250 million years old. They return to the dig site as Yonggary's skeleton is fully revealed. The spaceship fires a ray which rapidly restores Yonggary to life, with a jewel called a Daemon forming on his forehead. Campbell, gripped by madness, tries to communicate with the monster, only to be stomped flat, along with most of the workers. The spaceship teleports Yonggary away.

The military sends infantry to the dig site, and Hughes and Holly try to explain the situation to Captain Parker, who is incredulous until he sees one of Yonggary's footprints. The Galaxions beam down the monster in front of their jeep, but he hesitates to attack them, with Hughes explaining that his vision is based on movement. A squadron of helicopters surround him, allowing them to escape, but their weapons prove ineffective. Spitting fireballs, he destroys most of them.

Stunned by the defeat, Lieutenant-General George Murdock meets with Stanley Mills, an agent from the highly-classified National Space Investigation Agency. He shares Hughes' discovery with them, admitting that he knew the Galaxions could return six months ago. The aliens deploy Yonggary to Los Angeles, where he goes on a rampage. Infantry attacks him to no avail. In the war room, Hughes and Mills have a testy reunion, as Hughes left the N.S.I.A. with a CD containing tablet translations. Fighter jets target Yonggary next, but he evades most of their missiles, leading to massive collateral damage, and returns fire to devastating effect. The President of the United States informs Murdock that he has five hours to stop the monster before he will order the use of nuclear weapons. After Yonggary vanishes again, the military learns that he has a force field which interfered with the missiles' guidance systems.

Out of options, the military turns to Project T: infantry armed with experimental jetpacks and laser cannons. Using the tablets, Hughes and Holly determine that the aliens are using the Daemon to control Yonggary. The T-forces intercept Yonggary before he can reach a nuclear power plant, but the campaign seems futile until Hughes and Holly instruct them to target the Daemon. Before they can hit it, the Galaxions teleport Yonggary away, aware of their discovery. Using infrared, T-forces determine Yonggary's destination as a nuclear-armed stealth fighter heads towards Los Angeles. He damages Captain Parker's jetpack, though the soldier survives the fall, and Lieutenant O'Neil destroys the Daemon with a suicide attack. Freed of the aliens' control, Yonggary saves a group of civilians from a building toppled from another errant missile salvo.

Mills jams the war room's communications with the President before the nuclear attack can be called off as well. He's determined that Yonggary's death will cause the aliens to descend to Earth, allowing them to be captured and studied. Murdock gives him the code to leave the war room, but Sergeant Archie is waiting on the other side of the door to disarm him.

With electric rays from his tail and raw strength, Cykor gains the upper hand over Yonggary, but Parker distracts him. Yonggary recovers, blasting off Cykor's right claw with a fireball. Tentacles emerge from the stump and ensnare the dinosaur, electrocuting him. When Cykor closes in, however, Yonggary decapitates him with a fireball. The alien keeps coming, but another fireball fired into his neck blows him to pieces. Yonggary collapses, while the nuclear strike is terminated just in time.

The Galaxions opt to retreat "before Yonggary discovers his true strength." Helicopters transport the groggy monster to a remote, deserted island.


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

  • Directed by   Hyung-rae Shim
  • Story by   Hyung-rae Shim
  • Screenplay by   Marty Poole
  • Produced by   Hyung-rae Shim
  • Executive Producers   David A. Smitas, P.J. Leone, Yong Ho Lee
  • Music by   Sung-woo Jo
  • Cinematography   An-hong Kim
  • Edited by   Steve Swersky
  • Production Design by   Birdy Lee
  • Assistant Director   Jin Man Jo
  • Visual Effects Supervisor   Sunny Ryu


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Dan Cashman   as   Lieutenant-General George Murdock
  • Bruce Cornwell   as   Mr. Mills
  • Dennis Howard   as   Major-General Jack Thomas
  • Matt Landers   as   Major-General Don "Boom Boom" Howell
  • Richard Livingston   as   Dr. Campbell
  • Donna Philipson   as   Holly Davis
  • Wiley M. Pickett   as   Lieutenant O'Neil
  • Brad Sergi   as   Bud Black
  • Eric Briant Wells   as   Captain Parker
  • Harrison Young   as   Dr. Wendell Hughes
  • D.J. Robbins   as   Editor
  • Derrick Costa   as   Sergeant Archie
  • Johanna Parker   as   Sergeant Romiski
  • Alex Walters   as   Sergeant Michaels
  • Les Brandt   as   Sergeant Sanchez
  • Karl Calhhoun   as   Sergeant Andrews
  • Allan Grifka   as   Sergeant Smitty
  • Julie Kessler   as   Bartender Sarah Saunders
  • William Hankins   as   Man at door
  • Wilborn Monroe Kilpatrick Jr.   as   Dudly
  • Kurt Leitner   as   Voice Performer
  • Matthew Perniciaro   as   Man at bar
  • Marvin Poole   as   Private Lewis
  • Ken Wayne   as   Soldier/Pilot
  • Chan-ho Seo   as   Worker



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Main article: Reptilian (film)/Gallery.


Main article: Reptilian (soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • 2001 Yonggary (2001용가리; 2001 South Korean re-release title)
  • Yonggary vs. Cyker (English South Korean re-release title)
  • Reptile (Réptil; Brazil)
  • Resurrection of Godzilla (哥斯拉复活; Mainland China)
  • Yongari (French working title)
  • Yonggary - The Space Monster (Yonggary - Az űrbéli szörny; Hungary)
  • Upgrade Yonggary (업그레이드용가리; Korea)

Theatrical releases

  • South Korea - July 17, 1999   [view poster]JSouth Korean poster; January 20, 2001 (Re-released extended version titled 2001 Yonggary)   [view poster]South Korean
  • Japan - November 10, 2001   [view poster]Japanese poster

Video releases

Sony DVD (2001)[1]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Special Features: Original trailer, Yonggary profile (3 minutes), photo gallery
  • Notes: Out of print.



Korean TV spot
American trailer
Japanese trailer


Yonggary Chronicle Project, a 2019 documentary on the making of Reptilian
Making Of featurette
Behind the scenes gallery
Toy commercial
Harim chicken nugget commercial


  • The original film that premiered in Seoul Korea had unfinished CGI due to a lack of funding.[2]
  • Before engaging Yonggary with the T-force, Captain Parker declares, "Compared to this guy, Godzilla is a pussy!"
  • A deleted subplot involving Bud Black has the reporter getting a hold of the aliens' secrets of genetic resurrection, the same method used to bring back Yongarry to life, and returning to the archaeological sight with its cave of dinosaur fossils. Supposedly, Bud Black was to be the antagonist of the planned sequel that was never made.[3]
  • Concept art done for the unproduced sequel Yonggary 2 featured a Mechagodzilla-style robotic version of Yonggary.[4]

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8 days ago
Score 0
@Les, you forgot about other minor monsters in your sandbox page like the Dinosaur Fossils from Yonggary, the Demons from This is the End, Liquid Toad, Giant Leeches from The Last Dinosaur, Shin Godzilla's Tail Creatures, and the Giant Turtle from The Bermuda Depths.


8 days ago
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This is the End and The Bermuda Depths are not being covered on this site. Shin Godzilla's fifth form is adequately covered on his own page

Godzilla Master

2 months ago
Score 0
Yongary Monster of the deep is like the Godzilla franchise and Reptillian is like Godzilla 1998.


2 months ago
Score 0
Batman & Robin was a WAY better film than this!


2 months ago
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Whats this whats this it looks like some crap. Whats this whats this it looks like bad acting. Whats this whats this it looks like they accidentally lost the suit version and had to make crap CGI.

Thats all I've got to say about my opinion of this movie.


5 months ago
Score 0
This is the most underrated so bad it's good movie ever. I wish more people knew of this thing's existence so we can make fun of it together

Astounding Beyond Belief

4 months ago
Score 0
I think it would be better-known if they had kept the monsters suits. Terrible CGI just isn't as fun.


7 months ago
Score 0
Someone call Godzilla '98, he deserves an apology.

Astounding Beyond Belief

7 months ago
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G98 wishes it was Reptilian


8 months ago
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Better in America!


14 months ago
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Green Blob Thing

15 months ago
Score 1

This video here has some very brief footage of the original Yonggary suit at the very end, when Yonggary falls to the ground. The film would've been so much better if they didn't replace the costumes with that terrible CGI.



11 months ago
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its likly we will never see the original cut with suitmation


16 months ago
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18 months ago
Score 1

When someone tells me which one I prefer between Godzilla 1998 and this movie, I would have prefered Godzilla 1998. This is basically Yongary with "took Yon out of Yongary" like what the 1998 film did to Godzilla where he "took God out of Godzilla".

Plus I didn't expect the CGI effects going to be bad since it has a high budget, even cheap movies like Mega Shark still beats those effects, they should have chosen filming the scenes on suitmation instead.

Green Blob Thing

18 months ago
Score 1
The sad thing is that they originally did use suitmation. It was only after that they replaced it with CGI and effectively ruined the movie. There's a few very short clips of the suit still out there somewhere on YouTube, though that version of the movie is pretty much impossible to come by.

Toa Hydros

37 months ago
Score 0

My Thoughts: Reptilian

Oh, how does one describe "Reptilian"?

The acting? Eh... No worse than your typical Sy-Fy/Asylum flick. The characters? They're likable in that poorly-acted-B-movie-character sort of way. The story? It's your typical kaiju-under-alien-control storyline. Nothing new in that regard.

No, the most obvious area of discussion concerning this film is its special effects. Yongary's new design is okay, but I'd of preferred something closer to the original. It seems the film's creators were emulating the most negative aspects of the '98 Godzilla remake in that regard. As for the CG... Wow, is the CGI bad. I mean, it's the kind of bad that's surpassed only by that awkwardly animated TV CGI from the mid and late 90's.

But, you know... that really only adds to the film's charm. It's like watching a modern contemporary of movies like "The Giant Claw", where half the fun is looking at this bizarre attempt at making a life-like creature.

So, I actually recommend this flick. If you're a serious kaiju fan, you have to have an appetite for the cheesy and outlandish, both of which this film has in abundance.

Also... Dat poster!


38 months ago
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Seems Yonggary has been degraded to promoting chicken nuggets



39 months ago
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This film made literally no sense whatsoever


44 months ago
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Even Mega Shark beats that CGI.

Green Blob Thing

39 months ago
Score 1
The reason that is so depressing is because this is one of the most expensive Korean movies ever made. Let that sink in. This abominable film is one of the most expensive Korean movies ever made.


16 months ago
Score 0
Snowpiercer is a better film than this.