Pulgasari (1985 film)
General Information
Directed by

Shin Sang-ok
Chong Gon Jo

Produced by

Kim Jong-il
Shin Sang-ok

Written by

Kim Se Ryun

Composed by

So Jong Gon

Production Information
Distributed by

Raging ThunderJP


Not Rated



Box office


Running time

95 minutesJP
(1 hour, 35 minutes)

Pulgasari (プルガサリ:伝説の大怪獣? Purugasari: Densetsu no Daikaijū, Lit. Pulgasari: Monster of Legend) is a 1985 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by a North Korean film studio. It was released to North Korean theaters in 1985 and to Japanese theaters on July 4, 1998.


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 after sticking herself with a pin wile repairing some clothes, the creature springs to life, becoming a giant metal-eating monster named Pulgasari. After he kills the king and fulfills his purpose, he becomes a nuisance, eating all of the farmers' iron tools to survive. But, Ami tricks Pulgasari into eating her by hiding in a iron gong, causing him to turn into a stone statue and crumble away.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Shin Sang-ok and Chong Gon Jo
  • Written by   Kim Se Ryun
  • Produced by   Kim Jong-il and Shin Sang-ok
  • Music by   So Jong Gon
  • Cinematography by   Kenichi Eguchi, Cho Myong Hyon, and Sung Ho Pak
  • Edited by   Ryon Sun Kim
  • Assistant Directing by   Eiichi Asada and Chong Gon Jo
  • Special Effects by   Duk Ho Kim, Teruyoshi Nakano, Chong Gil Pak, Eiji Shirokuma, and Nobuyuki Yasumaru
  • Assistant Director of Special Effects   Osamu Kume


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Chang Son Hui   as   Ami
  • Ham Gi Sop   as   Inde
  • Jong-uk Ri   as   Ana
  • Gwon Ri   as   Takse
  • Gyong-ae Yu   as   Inde's Mother
  • Hye-chol Ro   as   Inde's Brother
  • Sang-hun Tae   as   Rebel Forces
  • Gi-chon Kim   as   Rebel Forces
  • In-chol Ri   as   Rebel Forces
  • Riyonun Ri   as   General Fuan
  • Yong-hok Pak   as   The King
  • Pong-ilk Pak   as   The Governor
  • Kenpachiro Satsuma   as   Pulgasari
  • Masao Fukazawa   as   Baby Pulgasari




Main article: Pulgasari/Gallery.


Main article: Pulgasari (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Bulgasari
  • Pulgasari: Monster of Legend (Purugasari: Densetsu no Daikaijū; Japan)
  • Zombi 34: The Communist Bull-Monster (زومبی 34: کمیونسٹ بل دانو; Pakistan)

Theatrical Releases

  • South Korea - 1985; July 22, 2000 (Re-Release)
  • Japan - July 4, 1998

Video Releases

GI Studios (2014)[1]

  • Released: February 16, 2014
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Other Details: 109 minutes run time, 1 disc

PR Studios (2014)[2]

  • Released: June 18, 2014
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: Korean
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Other Details: 109 minutes run time, 1 disc




  • The director of Pulgasari, Shin Sang-ok, was kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung.
  • The director of the film imported suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma (who portrayed Godzilla himself in Toho's Heisei series) to play Pulgasari.
    • In addition, Masao Fukazawa, the suit actor who played Minilla in the Showa era, was brought in to play Pulgasari's juvenile form.
    • When the film was finished, Kenpachiro was quoted as saying he preferred even Pulgasari to the American Godzilla.


Film media
Godzilla films
King Kong films
Mothra films
Gamera films
Other films
Cancelled or scrapped films


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