PULGASARI 1985 SHIN SANG-OK SOUTH KOREAN METAL EATING MONSTER WITH OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES DVD-R!
Pulgasari (Korean: 불가사리; RR: Bulgasari) is a 1985 North Korean kaiju film directed by South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok. It is based on the legend of Pulgasari, a metal-eating creature in Korean folklore, and is loosely based on the lost 1962 South Korean film of the same subject, Bulgasari. Shin directed the film under the orders of Kim Jong Il (then-heir apparent) after being kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence. Pulgasari was the last of several films he made in North Korea before escaping to the United States in 1986.
The film was a loose remake of a lost 1962 film directed by Kim Myeong-je, which is believed to be the first Korean kaiju film, predating Yongary, Monster from the Deep and Space Monster Wangmagwi by five years. Kim Jong Il was a lifelong admirer of the director, as well as Godzilla and other kaiju films. He kidnapped the former director Shin Sang-ok and his wife, famous actress Choi Eun-hee, with the specific purpose of making fantasy/propaganda films for the North Korean government. Kim also produced Pulgasari (through Korean Film Studio) and all the films that Shin made before he and Choi managed to escape from their minders while on a festival tour in Austria. Specifically, the film was inspired by The Return of Godzilla. The staff from Japan‘s Toho Studios, the creators of Godzilla, participated in creating the film’s special effects. They were tricked into coming as they thought they were filming in China.
The film’s special effects were done by Duk Ho Kim, supervised by Teruyoshi Nakano.
Kenpachiro Satsuma was quoted as saying he preferred Pulgasari to TriStar’s Godzilla. There has been some speculation that the director Shin Sang-ok included a hidden message of his own in the film; the monster of the movie was to be interpreted as both a metaphor for Kim Il Sung betraying a people’s revolution for his own purposes and as a plea to the North Korean people to rise up against the Kim regime, represented by Pulgasari demanding his subjects fed him more and more iron farming equipment even after the former regime has been defeated, leading to the workers turning against and ultimately defeating their former savior.
After finding out that his credit was removed from the movie, Shin Sang-ok wrote a remake called The Adventures of Galgameth in 1996. Pulgasari became the first North Korean film to be released in South Korean theaters in 2000. Six years later in 2006, Pulgasari made its New York debut at the end of Columbia University Japanese culture center’s year-long “Godzilla festival.”
color, mono, fullscreen, with optional English subtitles (nice ones). DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!