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Pulgasari (1985)

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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Sang-ok Shin

Writer:

Se Ryun Kim (screenplay)
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Cast

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

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Action | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

North Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

4 July 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Pulgasar! See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Although the film is a North Korean production, director Sang-ok Shin is South Korean. North Korean dictator Jong-Il Kim was a huge fan of Shin's. At the time this film was made, North and South Korea were at war, which eventually ended in 2018 thanks to the Panmunjom Declaration). Thus, Kim had him kidnapped. Shin eventually escaped back to South Korea, but not before he had been forced to make this movie for the erratic North Korean leader. See more »

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Incredible BackStory - Fun Monster Movie
2 March 2002 | by shark-43See all my reviews

The backstory to this movie is pretty darn incredible - made in North Korea by the country's dictator - the director and two lead performers were actually kidnapped from S. Korea after they refused to work on this movie with the dictator. Seriously - not kidding. As for the movie itself - it is pretty good in many ways. The story itself works as an old village myth - an iron eating monster comes to life to save poor farmers and villagers from a cruel warlord. The effects are cheesy and silly but some of the battle sequences are impressive for no other reasons then you can tell there are literally thousands of people fighting in these scenes. After all the CGI effects of recent time - it was refreshing and stunning to see so many actual people being used in a big battle. Then again, they probably didn't have much choice. I guess if the dictator of a country tells you to be in his movie, you are in the movie!!


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