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Space Monster Wangmagwi (Rare 1967 South Korean Kaiju Film)

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Space Monster Wangmagwi, also known as Big Monster Wangmagwi, is a 1967 South Korean kaiju film.[1] The film has never been released on any home media format, and no bootleg recordings are known to exist.

The film, featuring the title monster on a Godzilla style rampage, has been shown at Korean film festivals, and the Korean Movie Database lists three prints of the film in the Korean film archive.[2] Detailed reviews of the film from these screenings are available online.

It is claimed that the film featured more extras than any other film (roughly 157,000),[3] other than the 1982 film Gandhi (at 300,000 extras), and this claim has even appeared in The Guinness Book of Records.
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A still of the monster.

In 2008, Korean graphic designer Hong Gi-hun created a series of vinyl toys based on several Korean monster movies, including Wangmagwi.[4] Hong is said to have attended multiple screenings of the film over a period of a few years, confirming that, while unreleased on home media, Space Monster Wangmagwi is still occasionally shown in its home country.

References

  1. Page on 1960s Korean films, featuring a detailed description of Space Monster Wangmagwi and its plot. Retrieved 25 Jun '13.
  2. Korean Movie Database entry, featuring many photos from the film. Retrieved 25 Jun '13.
  3. Film trivia page, featuring the record number of extras used in the film. Retrieved 25 Jun '13.
  4. Online article featuring toys based on the film, with a few details on its continued distribution in Korea. Retrieved 9 July '13.

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