YONGARY MONSTER OF THE DEEP (1967)
(a.k.a. TAEKOESU YONGGARY)
Article #1655 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 9-25-2005
Posting Date: 2-22-2006
Directed by Ki-duk Kim
Featuring Yeong-il Oh, Jeong-im Nam, Sun-jea Lee
Korea is threatened by a giant monster that drinks gasoline.
When people complain how the Godzilla movies have bad special effects, I point them to the Gamera movies (of the sixties, that is). When they complain that the Gamera movies have bad special effects, I point them to the Korean giant monster movies. When they complain that the Korean giant monster movies have bad special effects, I agree.
So here we have a Korean attempt at a kaiju, and it looks like they threw a number of giant monster movies into a blender, and then assembled what came out into a movie. Yongary is characterless clone of Godzilla with a few touches of Gamera thrown into the mix. The dubbing is awful, the miniatures are frightfully bad, and the soundtrack is ineffective. Somehow, it manages to have this dreamlike, surreal quality that detaches you from the action, and though this does give the movie a little bit of flavor, it also threatens to lull you into a deep slumber. Still, the movie is in better shape when it tries to copy other movies than when it makes attempts toward originality; the scenes where the monster boogies to a rock and roll tune and where he goes into a big scratching fit rank with some of the most ridiculous scenes I’ve ever seen.
I will say this, though; it’s better than A*P*E.