The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

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The Mighty Peking Man
The Hong Kong poster for The Mighty Peking Man
Alternate titles
Flagicon Japan.png The Peking Man's Counterattack (1978)
Flagicon United States.png Goliathon (1980)

Directed by Ho Meng Hua
Producer(s) Runme Shaw
Written by Ni Kuang
Music by Frankie Chan
Distributor Shaw Brothers StudioHK,
World Northal CorporationUS 1980[1]
Rolling Thunder PicturesUS 1999
Rating PGUS 1980[1]
Budget ~HKD 6,000,000
Box office $17,368US 1999[2]
Running time 86 minutesHK
(1 hour, 26 minutes)
90 minutesUS
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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— American tagline

Action... Excitement... Spectacle beyond your wildest dreams!

— American tagline

Something terrible has been revived in the icy ridge of the Himalayas! (ヒマラヤの氷壁から物凄い奴が甦った!)

— Japanese tagline

The Mighty Peking Man (猩猩王,   Xīngxīng Wáng, lit. Orangutan King) is a 1977 Hong Kong special effects monster film produced by Shaw Brothers Studio. It was released to Hong Kong theaters on August 11, 1977 and American theaters in March 1980. The film was initially intended to feature King Kong, and was to be released to capitalize on the then-recent De Laurentiis King Kong, but due to rights issues the company settled on using the Peking Man instead.[3]

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Ho Meng Hua
  • Written by   Ni Kuang
  • Produced by   Runme Shaw, Vee King Shaw
  • Music by   Chen Yung-Yu, De Wolfe
  • Cinematography by   Tsao Hui-Chi, Wu Cho-Hua
  • Edited by   Chiang Hsing-Lung, Thom Noble, Pepita Noble
  • Production design by   Johnson Tsao, Chen Ching-Shen
  • Assistant directing by   Hung Ke, Wu Shih, Tong Yuan, Wen Yao-Hua
  • Special effects by   Sadamasa Arikawa, Koichi Kawakita, Keizo Murase

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Evelyne Kraft   as   Samantha Ah Wei
  • Danny Lee   as   Johnny Feng
  • Ku Feng   as   Lu Tien
  • Lin Wei-Tu   as   David Chen
  • Norman Chu   as   Ah Lung
  • Wu Hang-Sheng   as   Ah Pi
  • Ted Thomas   as   Commissioner
  • Steve Nicholson   as   Commissioner's aide
  • Hsiao Yao   as   Huang Tsui-Hua
  • Chen Ping   as   Lucy
  • Keizo Murase   as   Peking Man (stunts)[3]

Japanese dub[edit | edit source]

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

  • Katsunosuke Hori   as   Johnny Feng
  • Reiko Muto   as   Samantha Ah Wei
  • Sumie Sakai   as   Lin
  • Michio Hazama   as   Lu Tien
  • Akio Nojima   as   Charlie
  • Kei Taguchi   as   Superintendent General
  • Toru Ohira   as   Narrator

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Mighty Peking Man/Gallery.

Soundtrack[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Mighty Peking Man (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Orangutan King (literal Chinese title)
  • Goliathon (original U.S. title)
  • Mighty Peking Man (U.S. re-release title)
  • The Peking Man's Counterattack (北京原人の逆襲; Japan)
  • The Abominable Snowman from the Mountains of the Himalayas (Den Afskyelige Snemand Fra Himalayas Bjerge; Denmark)
  • King Kong in Hong Kong (King Kong Hongkongissa; Finland)
  • The Colossus of Hong Kong (Le Colosse de Hong Kong; France)
  • Gorilanthropos, Terror of the Earth (Gorilanthropos, o Tromos tis Gis; Greece)
  • Gorilanthropos, the Steel Giant (Gorilanthropos, o Atsalenios Gigas; Greece)
  • The Himalayan Giant (Il Gigante Dell'Himalaya; Italy)
  • The Man from Peking (L'uomo di Pechino; Italy)
  • The Monster from Peking (Het Monster van Peking; Netherlands; O Monstro de Pequim; Brazil)
  • The Great King Kong (Büyük King Kong; Turkey)
  • The Colossus of Peking (O Colosso de Pequim; Portugal)
  • The Colossus of Konga (Der Koloß von Konga; West Germany)

Theatrical releases[edit | edit source]

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  • Hong Kong - August 11, 1977  [view poster]Hong Kong poster
  • Turkey - December 12, 1977  [view poster]Turkish poster
  • West Germany - January 20, 1978  [view poster]German poster
  • Japan - March 4, 1978  [view poster]Japanese poster
  • Portugal - May 24, 1978  [view poster]Portuguese poster
  • Brazil - March 26, 1979   [view poster]Brazilian poster
  • Denmark - December 26, 1979  [view poster]Danish poster
  • United States - March 1980  [view poster]American 1980 poster; April 23, 1999 (re-release)  [view poster]American 1999 poster
  • Netherlands - June 19, 1980
  • France - September 28, 1983
  • Canada - December 9, 1983; April 30, 1999 (re-release)

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Miramax DVD (2000)

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Trailers for The Mighty Peking Man, Switchblade Sisters, and From Dusk Til Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter

Paramount Home Entertainment Japan Blu-ray (2013)[4][5]

  • Region: A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Chinese, Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special features: Behind-the-scenes documentary, 32-page booklet, two trailers

88 Films Blu-ray + DVD (2017)

  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Mandarin Chinese, English (LPCM 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Bev Logan, trailer, 8-page booklet by Calum Waddell
  • Notes: Also available without the DVD copy.

Arrow Video Blu-ray (2021) [Shawscope Volume One][6]

  • Region: A or B
  • Discs: 8
  • Audio: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: To be announced
  • Notes: Packaged with King Boxer, The Boxer from Shantung, Five Shaolin Masters Shaolin Temple, Challenge of the Masters, Executioners from Shaolin, Chinatown Kid, The Five Venoms, Crippled Avengers, Heroes of the East, and Dirty Ho. To be released on December 6, 2021.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

U.S. Goliathon trailer
U.S. Goliathon TV Spot
U.S. Mighty Peking Man trailer
West German The Mighty Peking Man trailer
U.S. The Mighty Peking Man DVD trailer

References[edit | edit source]

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Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • "This Week's MPAA Ratings". Variety. 13 February 1980.


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