The Mighty Peking Man [1977]

One of the most ignoble moments of cinema history passed during the production meeting at Shaw Bros. Studios when this project got the green light. This bad idea spawned a film that is unintentionally laugh out loud funny in almost every sequence. The Mighty Peking Man is a bad film. It is not good on any level. Itís not even good kitsch or campy in any way.

Director Ho Meng-Hua had been at Shaw Studios for about 20 years and had directed almost 50 films by the time he was assigned to this movie. I think he was punching the time clock and collecting a paycheck. I hope he had some enjoyment working with Evelyn Kraft who he keeps practically naked for the entire film. With all that experience at the helm, I imagine that producer Runme Shaw was expecting better results.

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