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Dreadnaught (1981)





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Director and master choreographer Yuen Woo-ping spins this brilliant kung-fu-thriller featuring future star Yuen Biao. The film opens with serial killer White Tiger (Yuen Shun-yee) fleeing from the authorities of rural China and hiding in a small town's opera troupe. There he covers his prominent birthmark under a layer of face paint. In that same town lives Mousey (Yuen), a shy lad who scares easily. His best friend Foon (Leung Kar-yan) decides that the only way for Mousey to conquer his timidity is to study kung-fu under Wong Fei-hung (Kwan Tak-hing). Mousey proves to be tepid fighter in spite of Wong's best efforts. Yet after several run-ins with the sociopathic White Tiger, Mousey develops the gumption to stand up to this bloodthirsty bully. This film features some of the most influential and oft copied fight sequences in Hong Kong cinema, including Mousey's rigorous training/laundry detail scene and the film's hallucinatory climax taking place on the stage of a Chinese opera. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Nov 14, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Dreadnaught

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A bizarre, imaginative kung fu film whose talented cast helps transcend its clashing generic conventions.

Full Review… | June 10, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

Rollicking kung fu with lots of humor

June 29, 2004
Film Journal International

October 19, 2005

September 21, 2005

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Dreadnaught


Yuen Biao is brilliant in this martial art film. He's a coward that has the bad luck of being chased by a psycho that kills everyone who wears bells. As a laundry boy, he uses a method of kung fu to wash clothes, yet he doesn't know how to apply it on people. Highly recommended movie!

Eunice Madera

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