One to remember
Will | Chicago, IL | 01/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dreadnaught is really a film to remember and perhaps a piece worthy and notable in any collection. As a martial arts enthusiast I looked for impressive fight sequences, great technical choreography, and of course, originality. This film employs all these qualities. Yuen Biao is in top form as well as the legendary Kwan Tak Hing. The story line actually has more substance than the vanguard of films in this genre, and it embodies typical chinese humor and culture. The film marks one of the more notable ones in Yuen Biao's career, and the footage no doubt proves it. In respect to the previous reviews, I agree with Mr. Ryan and disagree with Phil. Perhaps he is right with his analysis of a different type of martial arts film in mind. This is a classic film, traditional, or rather, old school. For the enthusiasts out there or even the ones with questions-I emplore you, watch the film. My first image of it was a preview from a film I can't remember. That drove me to watch it and I consider it to be one of the greatest films of its type. By type I specifically mean traditional wu shu, no wire work, Chinese settings and time period, etc. If you enjoy, I recommend Drunken Master, Magnificent Butcher, and Young Master. Thanks for listening to one man's words."
... is wrong. Oh, so wrong...
morgoth | 08/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say, I'm no expert on Kung Fu movies, but I have been exposing myself to a wide variety of kung fu films in the past 5 years.. One of the movies that got me into Kung Fu films was this one. I mean, you have to watch it and enjoy the fight scenes. They employ "fantasy" attacks like killer sleeves, etc.. but they don't rely on the wire-fu techniques that are so overdone.Just a sidenote RE: Wire-fu: I'm not a crouching tiger fan, because I don't think that the movie deserves the praise that it is such a great movie. The only reason I don't completely vomit when they gave it a bloody oscar is that maybe the ignorant bloated american conciousness will see that there are great movies overseas.But I digress. Dreadnaught was a very funny movie, and I have ordered the DVD version, as the only copy I have now was a used copy from a bankrupt video rental store.. and this one is worth owning! Until I actually came to Amazon looking for Kung Fu movies, I didn't think that this one would be available on DVD, because I've never seen it on the shelf anywhere. I consider this a treasure, and am overjoyed that I can get this in a high quality version."
DIFFERENT IS COOL!
B. Pytlinski | Denver, CO United States | 07/31/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is not your average kung fu classic, more of a comedy chase caper. Yuen Biao does his normal share of amazing stunts but what makes this film cool is the unique fighting styles and the endearing relationships between the bumbling protagonist and those around him. Not as hard hitting as YOUNG MASTER or MAGNIFICENT BUTCHER, this film is still a gem worth having in the finest of kung fu collections."
Far from Yuen Biao's best
morgoth | omaha, NE | 04/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yuen Biao stars as a young man who does not know kung fu, but he wants to become a disciple of Wong Fei Hung. His friend Foon (played by Leung Kar Yan) wants to help him out. Leung Kar Yan is just great in this movie. Phillip Ko stars, and wants to get rid of Wong Fei Hung's school. He hires a crazy killer played by Yuen Shun Yi to help him with his evil deeds. It's not a great story or anything, but it's passable. I was a bit disappointed with this movie, but with such a great cast and plenty of good fights, I can't really complain. I just wish the final fight was done differently. Having Yuen Biao not know kung fu hurt the movie, especially in the final fight. I had a good time watching this, but I would put Knockabout, Prodigal Son and at least a couple others far ahead of it as Yuen Biao's best movie.
I have the Megastar version and the picture quality is good."