The Mighty Peking Man Danny Lee Sau-yin, Evelyne Kraft, Ku Feng Director: Ho Meng-hua Ho Meng-hua's kitsch classic portrays a Hong Kong that had never been seen before on the big screen - and has never really been seen since. For while the city's film industry has worked the angles on all genres over the past 100 years or so, monsters have not really played much of a part. Not of the big hairy variety, anyway. Through a filmmaking career that spanned more than two decades and a collection of around 50 films, Ho - who died last year, aged 80 - pretty much covered all the bases. From erotic thrillers (The Adulteress) to martial arts epics (The Monkey Goes West) to low-key dramas (Susanna), the director was able to reflect on everything his audiences knew - and needed to know - about this city and its history. And so that's why Ho was the perfect match for this localised version of the King Kong legend, which features still quite incredible scenes of a huge, heartbroken ape tearing his way through Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and on to Central, there to meet his sorry end. Ho had complete scale models of some of the city's landmarks made - Jardine House (pictured) and The Excelsior hotel among them - to give his action a sense of reality. On a purely visual level, the film leaves his audience with a lasting legacy, also capturing real scenes of the city and its surrounds which have long since faded from view. Given his eclectic filmmaking tastes - required as he was then by Shaw Brothers to produce four films a year - it is of no real surprise The Mighty Peking Man is a wild ride, too, blending its influences, its moods and its mayhem. Ho plucked rising star Danny Lee Sau-yin to play the lead, a Hong Kong lad out to make a quick buck. All he has to do is head to the Himalayas and capture a big beast that has been rampaging through the hills. Fate, though, intervenes in the shapely form of Evelyne Kraft, who has captured the ape's eye. Ho would later recount that the former German soft porn star had much the same effect on Hong Kong's male population, causing havoc in Central when he took her there (clad only in fake animal skins ) to shoot a few scenes. Anyway, eventually the humans conspire to bring the big lug to the big smoke - and the animal's fate is thus sealed. For all the film's madness - scenes jump in an instant from India (where some of the scenes were shot) to the backwoods of Tai Po (substituting for India when the money started to run out) - there's a common sense at its core. Greed is never really a good thing, we are being shown, and making a buck isn't all there is to life. But don't for a moment think Ho wanted to get up on a pulpit. More than anything, The Mighty Peking Man is pure, wild entertainment - much like the man himself and like the city in which he built his career.