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Bulgasari Reviews

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April 2, 2016
Pulgasari is a solid kaiju flick that is about the same quality as Godzilla 2014. Positives include an original monster design, good physical effects, good performances, a very deep plot, and a rather interesting backstory. Negatives include uneven special effects and a terrible soundtrack. Despite this, it's worth a watch.
September 18, 2015
Something of an oddity in that might be the only North Korean creature feature ever made, although the director was a South Korean kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il! In light of this, it might be tempting to think it's a propaganda film, with the beast representing the scourge of Capitalism, but I didn't see much evidence of that. For me, it's just a fun Kaiju flick in the Godzilla mould about an iron-eating monster made by a blacksmith from a ball of rice, who helps defend the peasants against their feudal overlords. The government actually come out of it with no credibility; the army general doing his best impression of Wile E. Coyote, cooking up one hair-brained scheme after another to bring down Pulgasari.

Hilariously bad acting, visual and sound effects (high pitched synth stabs for sword fights, localized echo chambers) all just add to the enjoyment.
½ November 9, 2013
Uneven, yet enjoyable. It can't seem to decide if it wants to be a comedy or a serious film. The monster is a bit goofy, but it's still neat. The plot is good, the characters are decent, and the ending is satisfying. Confusing moments, but overall, it's an interesting monster film.
December 22, 2012
The greatest Korean movie ever made. One of Kim Jong Uns favorite
½ October 7, 2011
In a film burdened by endless scenes of crying peasants and Ewok-style human combat, it is the presence of Pulgasari, the metal mastdodon, that makes this film tolerable. For a life-long kaiju eiga fan like myself, it's a nice treat. For anyone else, it's the last movie you would ever want to see.
½ October 30, 2009
one of the most interesting backstories behind a film ever... and can you say north korean socialist godzilla ripoff :)
June 16, 2009
An iron-eating monster made out of rice helps a group of peasants overthrow a hedonistic evil emperor in feudal Korea. This North Korean Kaiju movie, made by a director that Kim Il Sung captured from South Korea, has cult classic all over it. Yes you can see the wrinkles in the monster's suit, but the plot is watchable and the ending, where the victorious Pulgasari continues to devour iron, does have some surprises.
August 16, 2008
Hillariously low budget, exaggerate amature performances. But what would one expect from an underfunded project directed by an abducted south korean in north korea?
June 18, 2008
Pulgasari ist krieg. Guarantee you'll want your own when you see it at the start, about the size of a squirrel, tucked up in bed. Awwww. He does go on to severely kick off and cause ruckus, but that rules too.
January 11, 2008
Wow. North Korea's only kaiju movie, if you can call it that. Unlike the vast majority of other giant monster movies, which are contemporary Sci-Fi flicks, Pulgasari is a feudal period piece. Peasant rebels versus a cruel king, and somehow a mythical monster wanders into the middle of it all: story wise it's pretty standard stuff. Certainly, it's nowhere near as interesting as the story behind the movie's creation: South Korean director Shin Sang-ok was kidnapped by the North Korean president's son in order to force him to kickstart their nation's film industry. Indeed, this nutty history makes for all sorts of interesting capitalism/totalitarianism interpretations of the plot. Kaiju fans will want to see it just for the curiosity value, and the special effects (handled by none other than Godzilla creators Toho!) are pretty decent by Kaiju standards. Still, it's hard to imagine anyone else getting much out of Pulgasari.
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