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Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:38 pm

With King Jong Il's passing I thought it would be appropriate to discuss this film and all the crazy crap that went on with the kidnappings and what not.

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http://badassdigest.com/2011/12/19/pulg ... aiju-film/

So, have you guys seen this film? I have, abeit, without subtitles or a dub so I didn't have much of a clue about what was going on. The effects were pretty good though. And the monster's relatively smaller scale seemed like a throwback to Daimajin and made for some better minatures.

I have a soft spot in my heart for Korean monster movies. Don't know why, but I like them.
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:41 pm

This movie sucks (I have a subbed boot VHS from ages ago).

But we do get to see a modified G'84 suit with Ken Satsuma inside.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:44 pm

MouthForWar wrote:This movie sucks (I have a subbed boot VHS from ages ago).

But we do get to see a modified G'84 suit with Ken Satsuma inside.


Ah, well then this might be an example of when not know what's going on makes a movie better lol. I kind of just made up my own dialogue and story :lol:
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Postby Psycho Soldier » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:44 am

MouthForWar wrote:This movie sucks (I have a subbed boot VHS from ages ago).

But we do get to see a modified G'84 suit with Ken Satsuma inside.


Pretty much this. I watched it just tonight and found basically nothing to like about it, except for the full-grown Pulgasari and the miniature effects. Bad music, 1-dimensional characters, ridiculous and predictable plot... the list goes on of things I dislike about it. And while I want to avoid a political discussion, I find it impossible to separate the movie's message from its context. Somehow that makes me dislike it even more.

On a lighter note, I remember hearing that this was remade in the West as a kid's film - The Legend of Galgameth. I used to see the VHS every so often at Zellers when I was a kid, but I've never watched the movie itself. Has anyone around here given it a watch? I'm tempted to check it out.
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Postby Tyler E. Martin » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:24 am

Bruticus wrote:On a lighter note, I remember hearing that this was remade in the West as a kid's film - The Legend of Galgameth. I used to see the VHS every so often at Zellers when I was a kid, but I've never watched the movie itself. Has anyone around here given it a watch? I'm tempted to check it out.


I saw it when I was a kid and enjoyed it, but I enjoyed a lot of real crap back then, so that may not mean anything. Still have yet to see Pulgasari.
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Postby Psycho Soldier » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:36 am

Well, after watching the trailer for Galgameth, it looks just as bad as Pulgasari. I'm not especially intent on checking it out now, except for curiosity's sake. It's an odd twist of fate for a North Korean anti-capitalist film to be remade as an American children's movie, but there you have it. (Granted, I've heard that Pulgasari is derived from Korean folklore anyway, but still...)
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby Psycho Soldier » Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:58 am

Geez, was it really over 3 years ago we talked about Galgameth? Well, I finished watching it just a few minutes ago. If you have to choose between Pulgasari and it, choose the latter. It has '90s DTV fantasy for kids written all over it (except for a bunch of swearing near the end, for some reason), but it's not excruciating and propagandist. Pulgasari's only advantages are the monster and the setting. Galgameth also doesn't run with the anti-capitalist "iron eater" message. Even though Galgameth eats iron like Pulgasari does, they don't call much attention to how it affects people's lives. The worst that happens is that people use bows and arrows instead of melee weapons. Also, the endings are completely different:

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Pulgasari basically has no weaknesses, so when it's eaten far too much iron for its own good, it has to be destroyed through magic (or something like that; it's been a while). But Galgameth is vulnerable to saltwater, and swiftly corrodes while rescuing the hero from a burning boat.


Oh, one more thing: Doug Jones plays the giant Galgameth. I thought some of you might like to know that.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby swfreakjpb » Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:15 am

I like it. Its weird and different. It is what it is.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby mr.negativity » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:40 am

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EVAN SAATHOFF wrote:Maybe you’ve heard the story before. A famous South Korean couple - one an actress, the other a director - get abducted by Kim Jong-il and are forced to make movies for him to help bolster his country’s film industry.

You hear a set up like that and just have to know how it ends. This film sounds like an incredible mixture of so many things: a political thriller, a romance, a prison break film, and a unique chapter of cinematic history all boiled into one factual narrative. This is the kind of documentary I'm always hoping for.

The Lovers & The Despot comes out September 23.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby Specium Ray » Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:21 pm

That looks great! That was such a weird story.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby MrShape666 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:34 am

I was given to understand that this film was a remake of South Korean monster film from the 60s that is now lost. Anyone have any info on that, cause I can't seem to dig any up and I can't remember where I read it (It might have been in Phil Hardy's review of Yonggary).

For a film that was made at gun point, this isn't as bad as you'd think.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby swfreakjpb » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:21 pm

I think its a pretty good film for the Genre. I care for Pulgasari more then I do at least a short list of other Kaiiju films. I enjoy it. The design is great as well. It's almost like a giant iron bull. The boiling lake and cannon scenes are classic. Love it.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby swfreakjpb » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:26 pm

swfreakjpb wrote:I think its a pretty good film for the Genere. I care for Pulgasari more then I do at least a sort list of other Kaiiju films. I enjoy it. The design is great as well. It's almost like a giant iron bull. The boiling lake and cannon scenes are classic. Love it.



Here is some info on it.

http://godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/User_blo ... 62_Version

Too bad it's lost. I would love to see it and compare.
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Re: Pulgasari

Postby lhb412 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:21 pm

^Since Yongary was almost lost years later (and no longer exists in its original language aside from some sections) it seems plausible.
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