Wednesday, December 28, 2011
KIM JONG IL'S CRAZY MONSTER MOVIE!
Sure, we all know Kim Jong Il's reputation for running a starving isolationist country, as well as his penchant for escalating border tensions and nuclear posturing, but did you also know that he was a movie geek? He was such a geek, in fact, that he abducted a well known South Korean director and forced him to make movies for his regime! Aint that a lot of love?
In 1978 North Korean intelligence officers kidnapped South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok, on orders from Kim Jong Il. It was Kim Jong Il's dream to start a film studio to produce propaganda films that would impress the world. Shin directed seven films during his time in North Korea, the best know being Pulgasari. Shin eventually escaped in 1986. He then went to the U.S. and directed a few Three Ninjas movies. Anyway...
Pulgasari is giant monster film similar to Godzilla. The staff of Toho said in 1998 that they preferred Pulgasari to the recent U.S. remake of Godzilla, but that either means Pulgasari was great or slightly less crappy than the U.S. Godzilla. We'll leave that up to you. Here's the entire Pulgasari, presented in nine gloriously lo-fi parts via the youtubes. ENJOY!