Thursday, October 25, 2012

THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN (1977) - Ho Meng-hua


Sometimes the rip-off is better than the real thing. Case in point: Mighty Peking Man. I'd rather watch this staggeringly fun giant monkey movie three times over than the film it, ahem, apes. That would be King Kong, of course, and not the 1930s black and white original so much as the 1970s remake.

Perhaps the original Kong's Fay Wray too chaste for you. How about Swiss beauty Evelyn Kraft in a nip-slip friendly loincloth? 1970's Kong swatting helicopters atop the World Trade Center still too touchy? How about Utan (the Mighty Peking Man) toppling cardboard buildings in Hong Kong? Peter Jackson's modern day digital monkey too realistic? How about a guy in a Duane Reade Halloween costume ogling his human companions getting it on in a cave (see above pic)?

Forget the big monkey. What about the big cats? I'm talking leopards, jaguars, ocelots. This movie has them all and in slo-mo, set to soft '70s rock! I don't know how the entire cast and crew of this movie were not eaten alive. Just take a look at the two clips below, and you'll see what I mean...





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