Goliathon (1977 movie)

1977 film by Ho Meng Hua

The Mighty Peking Man or Goliathon is a 1977 Hong Kong adventure monster movie produced by Shaw Brothers Studio to capitalize on the attempted surrounding the King Kong (1976). The film was originally released in the US in March 19, 1980 as Goliathon dubbed by Les Filmes Jacques Willemetz-Paris. as the critics entry for Infra-Man. as a mockbuster of King Kong probably made by Hong Kong cinema and Japanese special effects.

Goliathon (The Mighty Peking Man)
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Directed byHo Meng-hua
Produced byRunme Shaw
Vee King Shaw
Written byKuang Ni
StarringDanny Lee
Evelyne Kraft
Hsiao Yao
Ku Feng
Lin Wei-tu
Narrated byGregory Snegoff
Music byYung Yu-Chen
DeWolfe
CinematographyTsao Hui-chi
Wu Cho-hua
Edited byChiang Hsing-Lung
Pepita Fairfax
Thom Noble
Production
company
Shaw Brothers Studio
Distributed byShaw Brothers Studio
World Northal Corporation (US, 1980)
Rolling Thunder Pictures (US, 1999)
Release date
  • 11 August 1977 (1977-08-11)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryHong Kong
LanguagesMandarin
English (dubbed)

SynopsisEdit

a giant Himalayan cryptid-like ape named Utam, Johhny find tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. then in a earthquake middle of Himalayas erupting the mountain where the ape monster called Peking Man went goes rampage by a nearby village. then arrived in India, Johnny finds an giant footprint from a 70-foot creature. then middle of morning where Johnny surround Utam's hand and drops down and attacking him, saved by Samantha. and finds a crashing plane wherabouts herself by parents killed. then in flashback, Samantha as a child arriving a giant cryptid. Samantha went eating fruit, a snake bitten her the thigh and a jaguar brawls off the snake. in nightfall, Utam tells leaving India, then move on. they captured by Lu Tien catching Utam was carried by a tanker ship as a exhibit in Hong Kong Stadium, the ship went underby storm and crashing onto the rock and pushes left. next morning when the crowd where Utam pushed by a chains onto the dump trucks and a wheel loaders. Utam shows Samantha slapped by Lu Tien, escaping Utam inside the cage breaks, Utam finds Samantha, wrecking the buildings. Utam smashing the window holds Lu Tien grabs by creature's hand and throws Lu Tien on the ground, and squashed his foot also killed. Utam went angrily to destroy several humans, buildings. arrived by a military armored cars and helicopters to shoot Utam. the creature climbing the Connaught Centre or Jardine House attacked by helicopters. to surrender Utam stopped by Samantha, continue to firing the creature. Utam destroyed the chopper, the army detonating the water tanks by gas and time bomb to explode the creature. Utam saving Samantha by an bombs inside the building, then Utam burns onto the fire his back onto and fell off the building and exploded Utam to rubble.

CastEdit

  • Danny Lee - Johnny Feng (Gregory Snegoff, voice)
  • Evelyne Kraft - Samantha (Mickie McGowan, voice)
  • Ku Feng - Lu Tien (Ted Thomas, voice)
  • Lin Wei-tu - David Chen
  • Norman Chui - Ah Lung
  • Keizo Murase - Utam/Ah Wang (Peking Man)
  • Ted Thomas - Commissioner General (Ted Rusoff, voice)
  • Chen Ping - Lucy (Jessica Harper, voice)

also additional cast, Steve Nicholson as Soldier 11, Alexander Grand as Radio operator, Hsiao Yao, Chen Ping, Corey Yuen

Release datesEdit

  Canada 9 December 1983
  United States March 19, 1980/April 23, 1999 (Re-release)
  Mexico 3 December 1979
  Portugal May 24, 1978
  Germany 20 January 1978
  Brazil 24 December 1979
  Argentina 6 January 1981
  Australia 13 September 1979
  Poland 20 January 1981
  Spain 12 June 1981
  France 28 September 1983
HK 11 August 1977
  Russia 1 April 1981
  Philippines 6 April 1980
  Indonesia 16 April 1998
  Turkey 13 May 1980
  Denmark 26 December 1979
  Italy 22 November 1978
  South Korea 30 September 1981
  Japan 4 March 1978

TriviaEdit

  • production begins in 1976, Shaw Brothers producing an monster movie in 1977, called Mighty Peking Man or Xing Xing Wang/Orangutan King special effects done by a Japanese crew include, Keizo Murase, Sadamasa Arikawa and Koichi Kawakita creating miniatures and the creature Peking Man or Utam in english dub, by themselves. filmed in India and Hong Kong from 1976 to 1977.

SoundtrackEdit

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