Dreadnaught (HK 1981)

Rating: **
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
Martial Arts Choreography: The Yuen Clan
Cast: Yuen Biao, Kwan Tak Hing, Leung Ka-Yan, Yuen Sun Yi, Philip Ko, Lily Li, cameo by Yuen Woo Ping

Another pointless, disjointed, meandering, and confusing as hell kung fu flick that is redeemed by the exhausting and fascinating martial arts choreography of the Yuen Clan. Yuen Biao is a bumbling coward who everyone takes advantage of. He is friends with Ah Foon (Leung Ka-Yan) who is Wong Fei Hung's number one guy, and Ah Foon helps him to find strength and courage through a number of silly sit-com action pieces. There's also an insane killer (Yuen Sun Yi) running around that's chasing Yuen Biao, and their final showdown is quite spectacular. This was the first Wong Fei Hung film I'd seen with legendary Kwan Tak Hing playing the titular role, and he's quite amazing - especially for his age. Pretty Lily Li also shows up as Yuen Biao's sister, but sadly doesn't have any fight scenes. It's okay stuff, but like so many kung fu films, it doesn't go anywhere and takes an awfully long time to do so.