Its....different from most creature features that I've seen. For one thing, the creature is portrayed in a sympathetic light. The only other time I've seen something like this is King Kong. I'm also taken aback by how much Choi Minsik played an inactive protagonist here.
I'd recommend not seeing this movie. According to the reviews, this movie adapted the Japanese imperialist government's distorted version of Kim Jeong Ho's life, as depicted in the Korean history book written by the Japanese during the Japanese occupation in early 20th century.
In this book, Prince Heungseon is said to have tortured Kim Jeong Ho for making a map of the entire Korean peninsula for the first time in history as he was concerned about foreign powers using the map to invade Korea. Kim Jeong Ho eventually died in prison due to the harsh torture.
However, Korean historians see this as a distortion by the Japanese to put down the Korean government and legitimize the Japanese rule. According to Korean historians, Prince Heungseon had no beef with Kim Jeong Ho at all. He in fact encouraged Kim Jeong Ho to make his map of Korean peninsula. The evidence is that all of Kim Jeong Ho's maps including the woodblock version remain to this day without any damage. If Heungseon was actually concerned about the map so much that he'd even torture the creator of the map, then he would've burned all of them, which did not happen.
In addition, this map was not the first map of the entire Korean peninsula. Other versions existed before, but Kim Jeong Ho just fixed the errors to create a more accurate version.
I saw The Tiger, highly enjoyable, highly recommend The Wailing as well, in fact i also watched it twice . Gangnam 1970 was also a highly enjoyable crime drama , not as good as Inside Men, but few films are . The Priests was ok, second half saved it , and big thumbs up for both Coin Locker Girl (2014), and The Shameless(2015) .