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Yongary, Monster from the Deep (1967)

Taekoesu Yonggary (original title)
Earthquakes in central Korea turn out to be the work of Yongary, a prehistoric gasoline-eating reptile that soon goes on a rampage through Seoul.

Director:

Ki-duk Kim

Writers:

Ki-duk Kim (screenplay), Yun-sung Seo
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yeong-il Oh Yeong-il Oh ... Ko Il-woo
Jeong-im Nam Jeong-im Nam ... Yoo Soon-a
Sun-jae Lee Sun-jae Lee ... Yoo Kwang-nam
Moon Kang Moon Kang ... Kim Yu-ri
Kwang Ho Lee Kwang Ho Lee ... Yoo Young
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cho Kyoung-min Cho Kyoung-min ... Yongary
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Earthquakes in central Korea turn out to be the work of Yongary, a prehistoric gasoline-eating reptile that soon goes on a rampage through Seoul.

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Taglines:

A Monster from another age ... with terrifying destructive powers ...

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

13 August 1967 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Yongary, Monster from the Deep See more »

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Budget:

KRW 117,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The special effects scenes were filmed in about 3 months. See more »

Goofs

When Yongary breathes fire, a clearly visible cylindrical metal nozzle replaces its waggling tongue. See more »

Quotes

Soldier: You got here a bit too late, sir. They're going to hit Yongary any minute. They'll be using guided missiles. You better go. They're going to hit Yongary any minute. They'll be using guided missiles. You better go.
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Alternate Versions

The US version of the film has had three slightly different title/end sequences. 1. The new region 1 MGM widescreen dvd had no titles on the film print. MGM did their best to match the previous 1960s version font and style 2. The public domain dvd released by St. Clair vision features the original titles sequence and has the wording of "American international tv Presents" in small lettering above the Yongary title 3. The public domain dvd released by Alpha video also has the original 60s title sequence, however the aip wording of "American international tv presents" is not present on their print. It just shows the title of the film. The end credit sequence is both the same for the alpha and St clair dvd versions. The MGM edition is slightly different See more »

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References Mothra (1961) See more »

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"Fire retro-stabilizers!"
10 July 2012 | by gigan-92See all my reviews

1967, the year Japanese audiences came face to face with "Gamera vs. Gyaos" and "Son of Godzilla". However, Korea was also releasing a kaiju flick that year: "Yongary: Monster From the Deep". Following in the line of King Kong, Godzilla, Gorgo and Gamera, Yongary emerges to wreak havoc on mankind. The monster looks like your average dinosaur, nice and fearsome (quite obviously a Ceratosaurus). Oddly enough, as opposed to most monster movies, there are a significant number of people who choose to die as the monster approaches. Another plus is that the miniatures look pretty awesome in this one.

Like Gorgo and Gamera, this movie gets a kick out of throwing a child into the plot. I can't say I care for him but it's still nothing compared to other tortures I've been subjugated to, like "Gamera vs. Guiron" of 1969. The characters here aren't too developed but there's some nice comedy between them. At one point a plan is forged and a government official remarks, "If it can save just one life it'll be worth it". Wow, if only governments in the real world acted on such polices right? I will say though, the scene where Yongary is killed is something akin to the 1933 King Kong death atop the Empire State Building. You actually feel for the poor dancing dinosaur, even though if it is a tad less elegant. Yongary is poisoned like a giant rat, even ends up pissing blood, what a way to go.

A lot of what we see here is familiar but it's all in good fun. I find this film better than the new Yongary film, a.k.a. "Reptilian".


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