A*P*E (1976)

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A*P*E
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The Korean poster for A*P*E
Directed by Paul Leder
Producer(s) K.M. Yeung, Paul Leder
Written by Paul Leder, Reuben A. Leder
Music by Bruce Mac Rae, Chung Min Sup
Distributor Worldwide Entertainment
Rating PGUS
Running time 87 minutes
(1 hour, 27 minutes)
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Ten Tons of Animal Fury Leaps from the Screen
NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH KING KONG
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— English taglines

A*P*E (킹콩의大逆襲,   Kingkongui Daeyeokseub, lit. King Kong's Great Counterattack) is a 1976 special effects monster film co-produced by Kukje Movies and Lee Ming Film Company. The film was released to South Korean theaters on July 23, 1976 and to American theaters in October of the same year. It was created in order to cash in on Dino De Laurentiis' then-upcoming King Kong remake, and borrows several elements from the film's story.

Plot

Off of the coast of South Korea, a giant ape escapes an oil tanker and fights with a kaiju sized great white shark. The giant ape ends up getting to land and continues his rampage. Meanwhile an actress named Marilyn Baker, and a journalist who also happens to be her boyfriend, named Tom get to the set of the new movie they are filming in South Korea. Reports of the giant ape reach the military but they just pass it off as a hoax. They then realize the foot prints and come to the conclusion that it's a fake giant ape made by the production team for the movie, they travel to the set and ask if the giant beast is King Kong, acknowledging the similarities between this movie and King Kong. Afterwards the giant ape fights a giant python before a group of archers confronting him, every single on of them died in the defense against the ape and the ape continues his rampage. The U.S. military and Captain Kim, of the South Korean police become more convinced about the legitimacy of the reports but decide to keep it secret from the public, fearing panic if they let the truth out. However Tom tries to figure out the answers anyway. Tom goes to the set of the film as Marilyn is filming a scene involving rape, when they cut, Tom explains to Marilyn that the reason he came is because he heard reports of a giant ape roaming the area, Marilyn can't tell if he's being serious but they kiss anyway. Meanwhile the ape is destroying entire villages and the military is forced to evacuate rural areas. The giant ape enters the filming location while a scene is being filmed. Marilyn accidentally runs into the ape's hands after running as part of a scene. The ape carries her into the mountains to continue it's rampage. The army gives orders to capture the giant ape alive. The ape destroys nearly all of the helicopters that were sent and gives the middle finger. Tom rescues Marilyn while the ape is distracted, the ape notices them and follows them into Seoul where it re-captures Marilyn. The military increases firepower, killing the giant ape. Tom and Marilyn are reunited, ending the movie.

Staff

Main article: A*P*E/Credits.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Paul Leder
  • Written by   Paul Leder, Reuben A. Leder
  • Produced by   K.M. Yeung, Paul Leder, Tony Francis, Reuben A. Leder, Yang Tseng-Hsiu
  • Music by   Bruce Mac Rae, Chung Min Sup
  • Cinematography by   Daniel L. Symmes, Tony Francis, Miriam R. Leder
  • Production design by   Lee Bong Sun
  • Assistant directing by   Miriam R. Leder, Choi Young Chul
  • Special effects by   Park Kwang Nam

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Rod Arrants   as   Tom Rose
  • Joanna de Varona   as   Marilyn Baker
  • Alex Nicol   as   Colonel Davis
  • Lee Nak Hoon   as   Captain Kim
  • Woo Yun Jung   as   Mrs. Kim
  • Jerry Harke   as   Lieutenant Smith
  • Larry Chandler   as   First Mate
  • Walt Myers   as   Seaman
  • J.J. Gould   as   Soldier in Jeep
  • Charles Johnson   as   American Tourist
  • Paul Leder   as   Dino
  • Choi Sung Kwan   as   Film Producer
  • Bob Kurcz   as   American Actor
  • Jules Levey   as   Reporter

Appearances

Monsters

  • A*P*E
  • Giant Shark
  • Monster Reptile

Gallery

Main article: A*P*E/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • The New King Kong (Initial title)
  • Super Ape (Initial title)
  • Attack of the Giant Horny Gorilla (1982 American re-release title)
  • Hideous Mutant (American home video title)
  • King Kong's Great Counterattack (Literal Korean title; 킹콩의大逆襲)
  • King Kong Returns (France; King Kong Revient)
  • The Revolt of Kong (French home video title; La Révolte de Kong)
  • The King Ape (Philippines)
  • Super Kong (Portugal)
  • New King Kong (Soviet Union; Новый Кинг Конг)
  • The Gorilla Attacks (Spain; El Gorila Ataca)
  • Super King Kong (Turkey; Süper King Kong)

Theatrical releases

  • South Korea - July 23, 1976  [view poster]Korean poster
  • United States - October, 1976  [view poster]American poster; 1982 (Re-release)  [view poster]American re-release promotional poster
  • France - February 15, 1978  [view poster]French poster
  • Turkey - August 1979  [view poster]Turkish poster
  • Portugal - September 29, 1982

Video releases

Image Entertainment DVD (2001)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English

Kino Lorber DVD/Blu-Ray (2017)

  • Region: 1 (DVD) or A/1 (Blu-Ray)
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English

Videos

Trailers

American A*P*E trailer

See also

Comments

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Kaijufan54

5 months ago
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This movie is bad, but creepy as well. Half the scenes are the actress being chased, and not to mention the scene when A*P*E* is being a pedo
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King GodDoraDanOnRa

5 months ago
Score 2
This movie is a S*U*C*K
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Titanus Gojira

6 months ago
Score 1
I saw the Brandon tenold video and he said it was the worst movie
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よくたわごと

6 months ago
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It's gotta be bad for Brandon Tenold to say that, despite how often he makes fun of movies for being bad it's weird how few times he's called something the worst movie ever, unlike IHE which calls something that every month
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Astounding Beyond Belief

6 months ago
Score 1
It's arguably the worst movie we cover on here (for me, its only competition are the two Kong: King of Atlantis spinoffs).
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SkullIslandExplorer

5 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: Did you mean “Kong: The Animated Series”? “King of Atlantis” is the name of one of the movies.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 months ago
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Right you are, which tells you something about how my brain has tried to jettison all memory of that particular sub-franchise.
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JurassicKaiju14

5 months ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief I saw Omni Viewer's Atomic Roasts video on the Atlantis spinoff. And that was more than enough.

...waith a minute, you said TWO Atlantis spinoffs? As in plural? As in THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE??
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SkullIslandExplorer

5 months ago
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@JurassicKaiju14: Yes, it was Kong: Return to the Jungle, and it was about as much as you expected.
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Godzilla Master

one month ago
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Brandon tenold is the best. Do you know when the next Godzilla movie video???
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Godzillafan03

8 months ago
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This is one of the worst movies of all time

Just watch the video by Brandon tenold and enough said
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Titanus Radon

7 months ago
Score 0
I think Plan 9 From Outer Space is worse than even this piece of S*H*I*T (credit for joke: Astounding Beyond Belief)
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Titanus Radon

9 months ago
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Is this the lowest rated page on Wikizilla?
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KING GHIDORAH 1954

9 months ago
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Possibly
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Goji75

9 months ago
Score 0
Certified hood classic
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TopMonarchScientist

11 months ago
Score 0

Okay,what does 💵 in even mean?

(The emoji meant cash)
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Astounding Beyond Belief

9 months ago
Score 0
Does anyone on this site know how to look up words
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

11 months ago
Score 0
Bad name,Bad movie (by the ratings of 1 star)
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ItsDestoroyah

14 months ago
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"Nto to be confused with King Kong."

Yeah. Suuuure buddy.
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KaijuUnity

15 months ago
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Yay, this piece of s**t has a page.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

15 months ago
Score 2
Don't you mean S*H*I*T?
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TopMonarchScientist

10 months ago
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ROFL
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