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Bulgasari (1985)
"Pulgasari" (original title)

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In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that he... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Chang Son Hui ...
Ham Gi Sop ...
Jong-uk Ri ...
Gwon Ri ...
Takse (Ami's Father)
Gyong-ae Yu ...
Inde's Mother
Hye-chol Ro ...
Inde's Brother
Sang-hun Tae ...
Rebel Forces
Gi-chon Kim ...
Rebel Forces
In-chol Ri ...
Rebel Forces
Riyonun Ri ...
General Fuan
Yong-hok Pak ...
The King
Pong-ilk Pak ...
The Governor
Kenpachiro Satsuma ...
Pulgasary (suit actor)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
'Little Man' Machan ...
Baby Pulgasari


In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that he may make weapons to fend off the peasant army. After he returns the property to the people, an old blacksmith is imprisoned and starved to death. His last creation is a tiny figurine of a monster- Pulgasari, a Godzilla-like creature that eats iron. The blood of his daughter brings the creature to life, and fights with the poor, starving peasants to overthrow the corrupt monarchy. Written by Anonymous

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army | fight | korean | prison | priestess | See more »


Banned for a decade!


Action | Drama | Fantasy






Release Date:

22 July 2000 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Pulgasari  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not shown outside of North Korea or South Korea for over a decade after its release in 1985. See more »


Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #37.6 (2009) See more »

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Rubber suit demolition Chosen style
8 April 2007 | by (Tellus) – See all my reviews

As the workers have a hard time rebelling against the oppressive (pre colonized) Chosen regime they get unexpected help from the gods. Bulgasari awakens to life from a figure of clay and rice with the drop of blood from Ami and is thereby under her authority. This secret weapon was exactly what they needed in order to kill the king, but it grows out of control. Whether this monster represents capitalism or not is anyones guess, I didn't notice anything that pointed towards that conclusion in the movie, but there's always the juche discourse to look it in the light of. After all Kim Jong-il is listed as a producer. With that in mind, I got a little bit anxious by the ending.

As a movie it is OK. The script is very simple and the characters are, like the weapons, like cardboard cutouts. Some of the berserker smashing the temples (cultural revolution style?) however, were quite impressive. All the shouting and wailing were not. I wonder if there's a movie were the title of it is repeated more often than in this.

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