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Yongary, Monster from the Deep (Korean대괴수 용가리Hanja大怪獸 용가리RRDaekoesu Yonggarilit. ’The Great Monster Yonggary) is a 1967 kaiju film directed by Kim Ki-duk, with special effects by Kenichi Nakagawa. The film was a South KoreanJapanese co-production between Keukdong Entertainment Company and Toei Company. The film stars Oh Yeong-il, Kwang Ho Lee, Nam Jeong-im, with Cho Kyoung-min as Yongary. In the film, a giant reptilian monster lays waste to Seoul after being awakened by an earthquake triggered by a nuclear bomb test.

The film was produced to rival the success of Toho‘s Godzilla series and features the same techniques of practical special effects filmmaking used in the Godzilla films and other kaiju films utilizing suitmation, pyrotechnics, and miniature sets. The film opened in SeoulSouth Korea on August 13, 1967 and was released in the United States directly to television by American International Television in 1969 as Yongary, Monster from the Deep. In 1999, filmmaker Shim Hyung-rae released a reimagining of his own titled Yonggary.

Keukdong (Far East) Entertainment Company employed staff from Equis Productions and Toei’s special effects staff to helm the film’s effects. Masao Yagi, who built the Gamera suit for Daiei, supervised the construction of the Yongary suit. The character was designed in Korea, while the suit was built in Japan based on the Korean team’s design. Director Kim Ki-duk found that the suit lacked terror and was disappointed with the final results, but proceeded to film with the suit since there was no time or money to produce a new suit. An optical printer was used for a few composite shots. Akira Suzuki designed the mechanical miniature props.

Lee Byoung-woo, the film’s associate producer, acted as an intermediate between the South Korean filmmakers and the Japanese staff and helped train the South Korean staff in the special effects techniques used by the Japanese crew. Byoung-woo arranged for the Japanese crew to come work on the effects and is credited as the film’s special effects cinematographer in the film’s original Korean credits. The final film had 280 special effects cuts, with the crew filming three to five cuts per day. 15,000 lightbulbs were used for the miniature sets, with two-thirds of the available lighting equipment from studios in the country assembled for the film.

For its release in North America, Keukdong Entertainment Company sold the film to American International Pictures and released it under the new title Yongary, Monster from the Deep through their television division in 1969. AIP attached Salvatore Billitteri to supervise the English version’s post-production and had the film dubbed by Titra Studios. Infamously, when the film was being sold overseas, the Korean producers (due to a lack of experience) shipped all of the original negatives and sound elements to Toei, who acted as the film’s international sales agent. As a result, the original South Korean version of the film has been deemed lost and the AIP English dubbed version is the only version of the film that survives. The film was shown regularly during the ’70s on syndicated television. U.S. ownership of the film kept changing: AIP was picked up by Filmways, Inc. in 1979, which merged with Orion Pictures, which was later acquired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1997.

 

color, mono, widescreen, dubbed in English, 80 minutes.  DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!

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