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The Mighty Peking Man

Released 1978
Distributor WW Entertainment

Quintessential seventies cheese from the Shaw Bros. Hong Kong factory. In the Himalayas the Yeti-like giant ape Utan protects a sexy blonde jungle girl from fortune hunters and poachers. It took a Quentin Tarantino-backed 1999 reissue to revive interest in this wacked-out, so-bad-it’s-good King Kong ripoff, which hardly set the boxoffice ablaze in its brief 1980 release as Goliathon.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.