Mighty Peking Man (猩猩王, Mandarin: Xingxing Wang, which translates to “Gorilla King”) is a 1977 monster film. The titles in this trailer use Mecanorma’s Contest (or PLINC’s original Davison Psyche, 1968) and Dom Diagonal (1950). The trailer was apparently produced for re-release of the film in 1999 by Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Pictures, see last image. It’s not known if the original 1977 release used this typography, too.
Mighty Peking Man is what happened when Hong Kong’s prolific Shaw Brothers Studios, best known for their run of kung fu epics, tried to cash in on the [financial, if not artistic] success of the 1976 remake of King Kong. Like Roger Corman, the Shaw Brothers in their heyday produced terrifically memorable cult items and monumentally inept and bizarre abominations, in equal proportions. Mighty Peking Man falls into the latter category. Arguably. Because for a while, its insanity is blissful. — Jon Abrams