|Revised Romanization||Taekoesu Yonggary|
|Directed by||Kim Ki-duk|
|Written by||Kim Ki-duk
|Music by||Jeon Jeong-Keun|
Keukdong Entertainment Company
|Distributed by||AIP-TV (USA)|
Yongary (Hangul: 대괴수 용가리; RR: Taekoesu Yongary; lit. Great Monster Yongary), is a 1967 South Korean monster film produced by Keukdong Entertainment. Directed by Kim Ki-duk, and featuring special effects by Kenichi Nakagawa, the film starred Yeong-il Oh and Jeong-im Nam. The film was made to rival the success of Godzilla and featured the same style and techniques of special effects filmmaking used in Godzilla and other Kaiju films utilizing suitmation and miniature sets. Indeed, the Japanese production company Toei would help co-produce the film with Keukdong Entertainment.
The film was released direct to Television in the United States by American International Pictures in 1968 as Yongary, Monster from the Deep.
In the Middle East, a bomb is set off that creates massive earthquakes. Meanwhile, in South Korea, a young couple is about to get married and the tension builds when South Korea sends a manned space capsule to investigate the bomb site. The earthquake makes its way to South Korea, caused by a giant monster named Yongary (inspired by a mythical creature in Korean lore). Yongary attacks Seoul and makes his way to the oil refineries where he consumes the oil. A child related to the aforementioned couple turns off the refineries' oil basins; Yonggary, enraged, starts attacking until a chemical explosion at the refinery proves to have an effect on it. The Korean Government then uses oil to draw Yonggary on a local river, and kills it with a refined version of the ammonia compound.
In the United States, the original film is now widely available on DVD in various budget-DVD packs and single budget DVDs. MGM released the original Yongary, Monster from the Deep as part of their Midnite Movies series on September 11, 2007. It is paired as a double feature with the giant ape film Konga (1961). James Owsley, a former Director of Technical Services for MGM, could not find the original Korean negative, and believes that it may no longer exist. However, it was soon discovered that roughly 48 minutes of the cut of the film in its original language still exists.
In other media
An edited version of the film is featured in an episode of This Movie Sucks! where it is made fun of by Ed the Sock and Liana K, with regular contributor Ron Sparks only in the show occasionally as a voice with Ed telling him "you're not in this episode". Instead of being taped on the usual set the episode features Liana on the set of a giantess video that she is shooting, where (like Yongary) she is destroying a city. It also features a lengthy comparison by Ed of Yongary's rolling around to his dog when he has to go to the bathroom. The 1993 comedy Young-Goo and Dinosaur Zu-Zu, also directed by Shim Hyung-rae parodies Yongary several times, mainly the design of the titular monster.
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