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Dreadnaught (1981)

Yong zhe wu ju (original title)
A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One... See full summary »

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Woo-Ping Yuen

Writer:

Jing Wong
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Cast

Credited cast:
Biao Yuen ... Mousy
Ka-Yan Leung ... Leung Foon
Shun-Yee Yuen Shun-Yee Yuen ... White Tiger
Tak-Hing Kwan Tak-Hing Kwan ... Wong Fei-Hung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chung-Hsing Chao ... Chee
Yun-Kin Chow ... Kwun
Lee Chun-Wa ... Biggie / Big Mouth
Mei Sheng Fan ... Marshall Pao
Hark-On Fung ... Demon Tailor
Kar-Fung Kam Kar-Fung Kam ... White Tiger's Wife
Phillip Ko ... Master Tam
Lily Li ... Mousy's sister
Kwai Shan ... Curly Fingers / Navy Kung Fu teach / Iron Swallon
Ching Tang ... Mousy's girlfriend
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Bounty Hunter #1
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A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One person he unsuccessfully tries to kill several times is a cowardly laundry man named "Mousy" who manages to escape mostly by running and hiding. When a very close friend of Mousy's is killed by the White Tiger, Mousy overcomes his cowardliness enough to seek revenge. Spectacular martial arts and acrobatics highlight the film, including a well choreographed fight between two pairs of men in dragon costume. Written by Kevin Risch <krisch@intranet.on.ca>

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

11 June 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreadnaught See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

For the UK VHS version of Dreadnaught released in 1999, the BBFC cut 4 seconds. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Batman Forever (1995) See more »

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Ballad of the Passing Train
Performed by Li Tai-Hsiang
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Odd but Interesting Kung-Fu/Horror/Comedy Combo
9 February 2000 | by BootsySee all my reviews

"Dreadnaught" is a consistently entertaining flick about Mousy (Yuen Biao), a hapless and clumsy coward who stumbles his way into plenty of trouble. While trying to collect a debt, he inadvertently runs afoul of a homicidal lunatic called White Tiger, and spends the rest of the movie being stalked by this freak. The flick is a very early attempt at a kung-fu/horror hybrid, with White Tiger sporting spooky Chinese opera-style make-up and frighteningly leaping into frame time and again. Of course, once he sneaks up on folks he karate chops them rather than stabs them. Still, the guy who plays White Tiger is genuinely creepy, and you really feel this guy's menacing presence. Yuen Biao is great as the goofy Mousy, tripping and falling his way in and out of danger. The fight scenes are excellent, played about half for laughs and half seriously. Add in Kwan Tak-Hing in his classic role as Wong Fei-Hung, and a couple of gross scenes involving ripping heads off chickens and cockroaches, and you've got the makings of a very intriguing kung-fu flick. If you're a fan of the slap-happy style of fighting perfected by Biao, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, and you like old school kung-fu stories, this one should be right up your alley.


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