Pulgasari

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Pulgasari
Pulgasari-poster.jpg
Japanese theatrical poster
Chosŏn'gŭl
Hancha
McCune–Reischauer Pulgasari
Revised Romanization Bulgasari
Directed by Shin Sang-ok
Chong Gon Jo
Produced by Kim Jong-il
Shin Sang-ok
Written by Kim Se Ryun
Starring Chang Son Hui
Ham Gi Sop
Jong-uk Ri
Gwon Ri
Gyong-ae Yu
Music by So Jong Gon
Cinematography Cho Myong Hyon
Pak Sung Ho
Kenichi Egami
Editing by Kim Ryon Sun
Studio Korean Film Studio
Distributed by Korean Film Studio
Release dates
  • 1985 (1985) (North Korea)
  • July 4, 1998 (1998-07-04) (Japan)
Running time 95 min
Country North Korea
Japan
Language Korean

Pulgasari is a 1985 North Korean Kaiju film directed by Shin Sang-ok and Chong Gon Jo. Director Shin had been kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung.[1]

Kim was a lifelong admirer of the director and Godzilla and other Kaiju films, and kidnapped the former director and his wife, famous actress Choi Eun-hee, with the specific purpose of making fantasy/propaganda films for the North Korean government.[1] Kim Jong-il also produced Pulgasari and all the films that Sang-ok made before he and Choi fled the country.[1]

Teruyoshi Nakano and the staff from Japan's Toho studios, the creators of Godzilla, participated in creating the film's special effects.[1] Kenpachiro Satsuma – the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995 – portrayed Pulgasari, and when the Godzilla reimagining was released in Japan in 1998, he was quoted as saying he preferred Pulgasari than Emmerich's "Godzilla".[2]

Synopsis[edit]

In feudal Korea, during the Goryeo Dynasty, a King controls the land with an iron fist, subjecting the peasantry to misery and starvation. An old blacksmith who was sent to prison creates a tiny figurine of a monster by making a doll of rice. When it comes into contact with the blood of the blacksmith's daughter, the creature springs to life, becoming a giant metal-eating monster named Pulgasari.

The evil King becomes aware that there is a rebellion being planned in the country, which he intends to crush, but he runs into Pulgasari, who fights with the peasant army to overthrow the corrupt monarchy.

Background[edit]

The film is based around a legendary creature called the Pulgasari.[3] The original story was set in the city of Songdo (now Kaesong, North Korea).

Legacy[edit]

Pulgasari has gained some popularity over the years because of the shocking story of Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee's kidnapping and strange captivity as the director,Kim Jong Il, - the latter one excluding this film - of a total of seven films, for which the couple was simultaneously commissioned and forced to do by North Korea's government.[1] Jonathan Ross stated that the film is intended to be a propaganda metaphor for the effects of unchecked capitalism and the power of the collective.[1]

[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Backrow Banter, The Dear Leader, The Director And The Director’s Wife
  2. ^ First NK Monster Faces Hollywood-Born Godzilla in Japan The People's Korea
  3. ^ Choe, Sang-Hun; Torchia, Christopher (2002). "Eat, Eat: Rice Is Everything". How Koreans Talk. pp. 024–025. ISBN 89-87976-95-5. "He ate like a Bulgasari eating metal." 
  4. ^ "A KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION". New Yorker. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Ben. Apocalypse on the Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions. Overlook Hardcover. pp. 168–169. ISBN 146830013X. 

External links[edit]