The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

The Mighty Peking Man (1977) movie poster

director Ho Meng-hua
viewed: 12/04/2016

The Hong Kong King Kong knock-off The Mighty Peking Man is a mesmerizing one-off, a kaiju wildly camp, unintentionally comic, and oddly endearing.

There is a lot to love here, with the lovely Evelyne Kraft (RIP) as a jungle girl raised by her giant ape named Utam.  Kraft’s animal skin bikini clinging miraculously to her left breast throughout is well worth mentioning.  This blonde Tarzan of the Himalayas frolics with a good number of potentially dangerous creatures including a leopard and a tiger.  She gets bitten on the inner thigh by a venomous snake, which our hero Johnny (Danny Lee) must suck out rather suggestively.  Then there is that scene where Utam watches Johnny and Samantha as she is known making love and wanders away rather chagrined.

My favorite, though, is any time Utam has to shout or scream.  The rubber of his mask and his teeth pop weirdly, hilariously.

I don’t know what else to say but it’s so terrible yet so appealing and entertaining.  Star scoring escapes me.

I do have to throw in one last thing.  This amazing poster for an alternate title of Goliathon which is just sublime, though seems to get Utam all wrong.

Goliathon movie poster (alternate to The Mighty Peking Man)

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