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