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Bulgasari (1985)

Pulgasari (original title)
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 ...
Ami
Ham Gi Sop ...
Inde
Jong-uk Ri ...
Ana
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
Kenpachirô Satsuma ...
Pulgasary (suit actor)
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'Little Man' Machan ...
Baby Pulgasari
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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 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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In the early 1990's, the North Koreans attempted to market this propaganda film to foreign countries with no success. Finally in 1998 it got its first international viewing in Japan where it gained a small cult following. See more »

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Featured in Great Man and Cinema (2009) See more »

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The world's only North Korean kaiju flick?
15 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

PULGASARI is a hoot for lovers of demented, low budget cinema. It's the one and only North Korean kaiju movie out there, a film that's been inspired by the likes of GODZILLA and YONGGARY, although I think plot-wise it has most in common with the Japanese DAIMAJIN trilogy.

The story is a straightforward one in which the poor are presented as a righteous, oppressed people and an evil general and his army are the out-and-out villains. A humble blacksmith is captured and starved to death by the villains, but not before he's created Pulgasari, a tiny humanoid creature who eventually grows into a lovably, Baby Godzilla type beastie.

After a time, Pulgasari becomes the city-stomping giant monster that kaiju cinema loves, although given the budget there's little destruction on offer here and the effects are lacking to say the least. But the story with its uniquely North Korean slant is a solid one and the novelty value alone is enough to keep you watching. It's good fun!


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