B Movie Fan Club
North Korean dark fantasy-action monster film, executive produced by Kim Jong-il.
Director: Sang-ok Shin
Cast includes: Chang Son Hui
95 Mins / 1985 / North Korea | Japan, Subtitles
Feudal Korea, the evil King steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots so he can make weapons to fend off the peasant army. An old blacksmith is imprisoned and starved to death. His last creation is a tiny figurine of a monster – Pulgasari. The blood of his daughter brings the creature to life to fight with the starving peasants to overthrow the monarchy.
Sound familiar? From the B Movie Fan Club experts: ”Supposedly Kim was such a film buff and was so upset that North Korea didn’t have its own Kaiju Monster to symbolize its national identity that he kidnapped one of South Korea’s leading directors and forced him to make this movie as a form of pro North Korean propaganda. What he got instead was a tale of a poor oppressed populace who overthrow their totalitarian dictator.”