The Mighty Peking Man
Sing sing wong
North American Title: Goliathon
I reviewed Miramax's English-dubbed Region 1 DVD of this Shaw Brothers production in issue #131 and my evaluation of the film can also be found there. As with the company's kung fu pictures, THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN plays much differently in its original Chinese version. The Mandarin revoicing is handled far more competently, making the storyline's melodramatic asides easier to take, and the English subtitled dialogue is considerably less absurd than the dubbing script.
This is a conspicuously silly movie in any language
but, with the original Chinese track now available, it can be enjoyed as a
guilty pleasure rather than a "so bad, it's good" item, the only
reception that could be accorded previously. Incidentally, some sources claim
that the HK version boasts a more upbeat ending but minor alterations in the
score are the only noticeable variation.
Cover art courtesy Intercontinental.
Nova Scotia: 14 (Violent Scenes)
Ontario: AA (Violence)
United States: PG-13 (for Violence and Sensuality)
As far as the film extras go, the Miramax disc offered just the Rolling Thunder reissue trailer and Celestial has only provided slightly more. The packaging promises a trailer but it is really a video promo spot (additional ones for BUDDHA'S PALM, SHAOLIN TEMPLE, THE HAPPIEST MOMENT, and WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY are included in the New Releases section). The Movie Information section serves up the original poster, a still gallery, production notes (simply a replication of the single paragraph synopsis included on the case), and bilingual bios and filmographies (the latter listing only the titles Celestial has the rights to) for Danny Lee Sau-yin, Evelyne Kraft, Hsiao Yao, Ku Feng, and director Ho Meng-hua. It is a shame that the disc does not contain any interviews but Lee reportedly shows no interest in discussing his past work.
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