Surprised how much i like this film. Not in the same ballpark with regards to most Japanese monster flicks but it has one hell of a back story. highly recommend reading A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power by paul fischer. great book about the making of this.
Uncle Kim's simplistic views of capitalism make loud echoes in this kaiju movie with a confusing agenda. The farmers are the people, and the king has them starving to them. Pulgasari is capitalism gone wild, eating all the metal he can find. So, maybe the real message from Uncle Kim was that the remedy to the nort korean commie hell would be even worse. The toho talent bring the best moments in the film.
How ironic that this movie depicts the overthrow of an absolute monarchy/military dictatorship by freedom loving peoples. Totally what happened in North Korea, right? But, honestly, this is pretty boring and mind numbing, and only worth watching for the sake of seeing it. North Korea may be best Korea, but their cinema is not best cinema.