mighty peking man

Ho Meng Hua, 90 mins, Hong Kong, 1977, Cantonese & Mandarin with English subtitles, 35mm. Courtesy: Celestial Pictures

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Mighty Peking Man. Courtesy: Celestial Pictures
A spectacular action-romance, Mighty Peking Man is Hong Kong's take on King Kong.

Peking Man - the name given to skeletal Homo erectus remains found near Beijing in 1929 - is brought to life in the film as the giant Ah Wang (the film's Kong character).

Sleazy Hong Kong promoter Mr Lu commissions handsome hero Chen Zhengfeng (Danny Lee) to help him track down a mythical ape-like monster seen roaming the jungles of India.

The hero is nabbed by the beast, then rescued by jungle waif Ah Wei (Swiss bombshell Evelyne Kraft). A series of fantastically kitsch sequences portray Chen Zhengfeng and Ah Wei's ensuing romance.

The jungle idyll can't last forever and, when Ah Wang is transported back to Hong Kong, the scene is set for the inevitable rampage in the city.

part of focus on monsters: kiss of the beast

Dates   Fri 16 Dec 2005, 8pm
Admission   Full $13  Concession $10
Six session pass: Full $60  Concession $48
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