Yonggary (용가리) is a 1999 kaijū film by Shim Hyung-Rae. It is a "re-imagining" of the original 1967 Yongary film, and was heavily inspired by the success of Shusuke Kaneko‘s Gamera trilogy and even Roland Emmerich's 1998 Godzilla movie. The movie is known for having an "upgraded" version that is the only version released on home media.
Before humans existed, a deadly beam emitted from an alien ship wiped out all the dinosaurs. Millions of years later, a "massive radiation spike" collides with two N.A.S.A. satilites and a shuttle. After the collision, American archaeologist Dr. David "Dave" Campbell (Richard B. Livingston) is called over to the northern Ural Mountains by the U.S. and Russian Militaries, who decide to collaborate with Dr. Campbell to find out the mystery behind a few recent deaths. Campbell and the U.S. Military find giant footprints belonging to a creature yet to be discovered, Campbell deduces the U.S. Military's theories that the creature is a really a psychopath's prank, but rather, a living being. Later on, the creature makes its way to Los Angeles, where it goes on a rampage.
Why It Sucks
- Poor acting, especially from Richard B. Livingston and Donna Philipson.
- Unoriginal and uninspired story complete with pointless subplots.
- Horrendous, absolutely abysmal CGI and green-screen effects that look like something out of a late 1980s-early 1990s PC game. In fact, this movie's CGI is comparable to and possibly worse than Sharknado's CGI.
- The action scenes are too repetitive and one of them steals a shot from a certain film from the previous year.
- The character of Captain Parker is meant to be the comic relief, but fails miserably.
- Yonggary is supposed to be related to the creature from the original, despite the two looking nothing alike and being of different origins.
- There are too many close-up shots of Yonggary's face.
- Yonggary dosen't cause much damage when compared to the U.S. Military, just like that other movie.
- Despite being a South Korean film, most of the cast are American.
- Yonggary and Cykor have bland, unoriginal designs.
- The poster is a blatant rip-off of Independence Day (see image below).
- This is an actual theatrical film, yet it feels more like a YouTube fanfilm.
- It's an even worse remake of an already terrible film.
- Horrible, forgettable soundtrack with no personality or memorability.