Friday, April 18, 2008

Xing xing wang (The Mighty Peking Man)

I was under the impression this Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures presentation was a modern mock up/slash homage to the chintzy Japanese monster films of the Seventies and I finally got around to watching it recently and was thinking to myself " must be hard to make a bad film look this authentic on purpose these days....what an amazing job they did"! Then Evelyne Kraft showed up on the screen and I said "hey, I'd know that rack anywhere"! Turns out THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN did the matinee rounds when I was a kid back in 1977 and at the time it was written off part and parcel as a bad rip-off of the JAPANESE King Kong for fuck's sake! Of course, roll time forward and slap Quentin's name on the friggin' thing and everybody and their cat and dog of course knows allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll about Japanese monster films, especially said Peking Man....which is utter pretentious bull shit. Anyway, if the genre is your cup of tea stick to a classic like KING KONG V.S. GODZILLA although the Russian Kraft is always worth a look or two as she displays her...ahem....acting talents.


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