The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Creature Film, Jungle Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This Hong Kong knockoff of Dino de Laurentiis' costly 1976 remake of King Kong lacks that film's big budget and slickness, but makes up for its shortcomings with an endless onslaught of Eastern-tinged B-movie dementia. If judged by conventional viewing standards, The Mighty Peking Man is riddled with problems. The tone veers wildly from kiddie-show goofiness to surprisingly adult sleaziness and the characterizations are as thin as the cardboard buildings the titular creature stomps flat. The film, however, is a genuine hoot if viewed in a properly campy mindset. The wild script blends a crazy quilt of bits lifted from King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, and even Godzilla into a tall tale that's so action-packed and unpredictable that B-movie addicts will joyfully overlook its threadbare production values. Director Ho Meng-Hua keeps all the carnage moving faster than a bullet train, and the lovely Evelyn Kraft adds some bonus eye candy as the lovely jungle girl who is the Peking Man's only true friend. The Mighty Peking Man is cheap and sometimes downright insane, but it will please schlock enthusiasts because it is never dull.