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The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

Xing xing wang (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Horror | March 1980 (USA)
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King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. The action, locations set in India, and interracial romance made ... See full summary »

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Meng Hua Ho (as Homer Gaugh)

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Kuang Ni
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evelyne Kraft ... Samantha Ah Wei
Danny Lee ... Johnnie Fang (as Li Hsiu-Hsien)
Feng Ku ... Lu Tien
Wei Tu Lin ... David Chen Shi-yu
Norman Chu ... Ah Lung (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Hang-Sheng Wu ... Ah Pi
Yao Hsiao Yao Hsiao ... Huang Tsui-hua
Ping Chen ... Lucy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Chuen Chiang
Szu-Ying Chien ... Spectator at pier
Chun Chin
Tien-Chu Chin
Alexander Grand Alexander Grand
Kung-Wu Huang
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King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. The action, locations set in India, and interracial romance made Variety reach this verdict: "High camp, Chinese style." Written by Celestial Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goliathon See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HKD 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,873, 25 April 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,950, 30 January 2000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There were rumors that Teruyoshi Nakano started work on the special effects for this film, but his contract ran out, so Sadamasa Arikawa took over. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original European version with title Colossus of Congo has an alternate ending to the Hong Kong version. See more »

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Referenced in Top 5 King Kong Ripoffs (2017) See more »

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The Cheesy King Kong Ripoff
4 January 2013 | by mazec666See all my reviews

"Look out it's a cheesy King Kong rip-off!"

That's correct everybody, this hilariously god-awful 70's monster flick from the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio brings a whole new meaning to the term "guilty pleasure".

A guy in an ape suit, who constantly changes sizes, suddenly awakens from a long slumber and wreaks havoc in the jungles of India. Wait a damn minute; I thought this gorilla was raised in Peking, China. My mistake! Nevertheless, a sleaze ball showman captures the terrifying creature along with scantily-clad jungle woman Samantha (played by the lovely Evelyne Craft). Now it is up to everyman hero Johnnie (Danny Lee) to save the day and live happily ever actor.

Now let's get some things straight, "The Mighty Peking Man" is perhaps the nuttiest film I've ever seen since "Super Fuzz". While watching the movie, I somehow felt the urge to mock the inconsistencies and bad special effects. But at the same time, it does show redeeming qualities such as Lee's earnest performance and some nice sex appeal from Craft's animal skin outfit. However, the one scene that managed to raise a cackle is where Samantha tries to ride with a couple on their way to the stadium where Peking Man is being held. In a stroke of luck, they let her come along. I suppose the couple wasn't appalled by her half-naked presence or maybe they were trying to be polite.

Despite not making it to the line-up of "Mystery Science Theatre 3000," the film is instead brought to Quentin Tarantino's short-lived production company, Rolling Thunder Pictures. If it hadn't been for Tarantino's involvement, we would have never discussed "The Mighty Peking Man" on this site.

And let's us not forget the sappy montage featuring even-sappier music to complete this ham and cheese omelet of a movie. Boy, am I hungry!


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