Mighty Peking Man

  • 1979
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A shameless effort to exploit what Hong Kong's prolific Shaw Brothers imagined would be the runaway success of Dino DeLaurentiis' KING KONG, this giant monkey movie is pretty awful but still a helluva lot more entertaining than Disney's state-of-the-art yawnfest, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. In fact, it owes more to the original JOE than to KONG: Famed hunter Johnny...read more

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A shameless effort to exploit what Hong Kong's prolific Shaw Brothers imagined would be the runaway success of Dino DeLaurentiis' KING KONG, this giant monkey movie is pretty awful but still a helluva lot more entertaining than Disney's

state-of-the-art yawnfest, MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. In fact, it owes more to the original JOE than to KONG: Famed hunter Johnny Feng (Danny Lee) is hired by sleazy promoter Lu Tien (Ku Feng) to track down the legendary Mighty Peking Man. The 10-story tall ape has been sighted in the Himalayas, where he

was roused from hibernation by an earthquake and proceeded to terrorize a remote village by doing deep knee bends and emitting ear-piercing shrieks. Feng leads his party deep in the Indian jungle, where they abandon him at the first opportunity; he's rescued from near-certain death by the

fortuitous appearance of fetchingly tousled jungle babe Samantha (Evelyne Kraft). A lithe, bottle-blond clad only in itsy-bitsy strips of animal skin, Samantha was marooned in the jungle as a child after a small-plane crash killed her parents. The giant ape, whom she calls Utom, fed and protected

her, and now does anything she asks. Feng persuades Samantha to bring Utom to Hong Kong, where circumstances ensure that the massive monkey goes on a rampage. Be advised: The ape effects are cheesy, the matte work most unconvincing, and the dewy Samantha's jungle frolics with tigers and leopards

silly beyond words. The cheesecake appeal of Kraft's butt-baring outfit is considerable, and the scene in which Feng explains that in the civilized world women wear things called "dresses," and then hands Samantha a pvc and faux-snakeskin hotpants ensemble is priceless. And the movie delivers what

many monster-on-the-loose pictures only promise: Utom tears down power lines, stomps cars, squashes pedestrians and throws creeps off tall buildings. Yeah!

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  • Released: 1979
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A shameless effort to exploit what Hong Kong's prolific Shaw Brothers imagined would be the runaway success of Dino DeLaurentiis' KING KONG, this giant monkey movie is pretty awful but still a helluva lot more entertaining than Disney's state-of-the-art y… (more)

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