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A Korean Godzilla film

Postby LegendZilla » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:37 pm

Earlier today I brought up this subject in the Monster manor, with another thread I made regarding Train to Busan only to realize that I best keep that thread dedicated to non-Toho Monsters, which is exactly what that subforum is for. Plus, posting this thread on the top section of the forum is bound to gather more attention. Anyways on to the point.

Since America now has established itself capable of properly making Godzilla films, why not give other countries a chance? I think a good candidate would be none other than South Korea, especially considering their track record of consistently good movies (especially horror/monster ones) for well over a decade now. How would you people feel about a South Korean-made Godzilla film? Yes, yes, I know it probably would be your first impulse to bring up Yongary, but I'm talking about if some major Korean film studio picked up the rights to the character and did a actual legitimate Godzilla movie. I know many of you would be skeptical of such and idea, understandably so especially with Korea's complicated history with Japan, but hey Oldboy started out as a japanese manga and now it's considered one of Korea's finest films in recent memory. If they can properly adapt one Japanese IP, why not take it to the next level and give Godzilla a shot?
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:57 pm

They might still be assblasted over Japanese pirates from the 4th century so who knows what they'd make
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby GodzillaRangerPrime » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:12 am

Oooof, it’s be interesting to see countries other than the US tryout making a Godzilla film.

Imagine a Bollywood, Chinese, or British Godzilla film.

I think the only thing that ends up hindering it a bit is the capabilities of that country to actually make the film, either through cgi or suitmation.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby _JNavs_ » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:55 am

It'd end up like an Asylum film.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby ManuJM1997 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:44 am

I thought they did one already?

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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby Pkmatrix » Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:52 am

Oh, that could be very interesting! :D

Obviously it'll depend on who they get to direct and write it, but I really enjoy South Korean films (modern SK movies have such great production value, IMO) - a South Korean take on Godzilla could be really cool!

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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:21 am

If anyone can make a good movie, I’m all for it; and there’s a lot of great Korean film directors.

However, and prepare yourself for a slightly controversial statement, in regards to certain other countries, such as China, I do not think it’s appropriate to use the Godzilla license or imagery. I’ll state that Godzilla is a Japanese national icon, and given Japan’s controversial history, rivalry, and ongoing tensions with many of these countries, I just don’t see it happen. I view Godzilla as a distinctly Japanese monster, and “Asianficafion” of the series would dilute its roots and meaning.

Godzilla is a Japanese cultural icon. It’s like saying,”Why not make a Chinese Superman film?”

Of course, I already know I will get some responses, such as it’s hypocritical given the American Godzilla films. I have my issues with them as well being diluted; but I can still perceive it as a natural progression of film making given many of Godzilla’s predecessors, such as Kong being an American product. Post WW2, America has had a good relationship with Japan, and I feel that Godzilla has also parallely developed his own fan base and lore throughout America. And yet still, there’s problems with G14, that are sortve nitpicks for this reason (Bikini Atoll Testing was just to kill Godzilla), and let’s not even get into 98. I would not be interested in seeing anything remotely removed from G14 thematically.

Korea has a great film industry, and horror industry as well. I don’t see why they need Godzilla to keep it up. I say just make distinctly Korean films.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby GodzillaBurgh » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:24 am

The only Korean kaiju movies I've seen & heard were YONGARY and its 1999 CGI remake REPTILIAN, and PULGASARI. I wouldn't be sure of how would Korea would approach a Godzilla film, but it would probably be typical Korean propaganda portray the monster as Japan, of course, followed by anti-American depictions of the U.S. government, while Korea itself would be this glorified, triumphant country in war with the Big G.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby Terasawa » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:29 am

ManuJM1997 wrote:I thought they did one already?

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That was North Korea; OP specifically mentioned the South.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:37 am

Wait are people seriously mixing up North and South Korea lol.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby GodzillaBurgh » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:49 am

Allow me to help clear the confusion -- South Korea is OK, North Korea, well... Just watch this video.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby _JNavs_ » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:51 am

I'd love to see a North Korean Godzilla just to see how prominent Kim Jong would be presented
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby LSD Jellyfish » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:57 am

GodzillaBurgh wrote:Allow me to help clear the confusion -- South Korea is OK, North Korea, well... Just watch this video.

Yeah I mean I think everyone knows haha :lol:

Actually, around G14’s release, didn’t the official North Korean government release a statement via Twitter, saying they were making a Godzilla film?
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby Rhedosaurus » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:27 am

Mr_Goji_and_Watch wrote:They might still be assblasted over Japanese pirates from the 4th century so who knows what they'd make



To be fair, they were also invaded in the late 1500's and suffered massive losses. Then there was the 50 year Japanese occupation from 1895-1945. And when Japan became a modified fascist country, the Koreans were really treated like crap. IIRC, Japan has yet to fully pay reparations to both Koreas.

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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby LegendZilla » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:17 am

^Korea actually was occupied in 1910.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby SoggyNoodles2016 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:27 am

There are plenty of talented Korean filmmakers who have made excellent sci-fi films, many in the same vein as Toho flicks. But as mentioned, I don't think the complicated history Korea has with Japan would make them open to adapting a Japanese character.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby ManuJM1997 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:44 am

...I was joking

Of course I know of the separation of the Koreas and Pulgasari being North Korean being NK meanwhile OP asked for SK


Anyways, yeah, don't see that one happening.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby LegendZilla » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:32 pm

SoggyNoodles2016 wrote:There are plenty of talented Korean filmmakers who have made excellent sci-fi films, many in the same vein as Toho flicks. But as mentioned, I don't think the complicated history Korea has with Japan would make them open to adapting a Japanese character.


As I mentioned before, they somehow mustered the will to adapt Oldboy from a Japanese manga. Also, who do you think should direct the film? I'd say the guy who did Train to Busan.
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby Tohosaurus » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:15 pm

Korea's movie industry totally demonstrates the ability to make a great Godzilla movie. What matters is how Godzilla is portrayed. While some may point to the historical depth of Godzilla, the same logic could be used to label any Hollywood/American Godzilla adaptation as highly offensive.

Fortunately, Korea's economy is highly advanced and the citizens are wealthy, so even with only about 50 million people a big-budget movie can still have a budget far larger than anything Toho's given Godzilla. The last giant monster movie from Korea was, after all, D-War, with a budget north of $30 million and despite being an awful movie still made nearly $100 million globally.

It's all about the same factors if any studio anywhere were tasked with making a Godzilla movie:

- Who's the talent involved?
- What's the vision of the movie and characters?
- What's the studio willing to do (budget, interference, etc)?
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Re: A Korean Godzilla film

Postby MandaSaurus » Thu Apr 11, 2019 5:34 pm

LSD Jellyfish wrote:Wait are people seriously mixing up North and South Korea lol.

In this day and age, I'm not surprised. I served in Korea in 1988, while in the US Army, and I still know WHICH Korea I was in...


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