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Korea

Program Title: Pulgasari AKA Pulgasar AKA North Korean Godzilla
EASC Code: KP-02
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Region/Country: Korea
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
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Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
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Running Time: 90 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: The movie takes place in Korea during the 14th century. Taksae is a blacksmith who rebels against the harsh tyrant that runs the country. He is jailed and tortured. His daughter Ami brings him some food, which he uses to build a small doll before he dies. Ami acquires the doll, and after she bleeds on it, it comes to life. It then begins eating all the iron it can find, and it grows at a fantastic rate. The doll, named Pulgasari, saves Ami's lover from execution, then joins the peasant rebellion against the land's tyrant. The tyrant tries several methods to kill the monster, but to no avail. The tyrant is defeated. But after the tyrant is gone, Pulgasari turns on the peasants. He is destroyed when Ami sacrifices herself to him.
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