Yong zhe wu ju (1981)

Hong Kong, 1981
35mm film, colour, 2.35:1
mono, Cantonese

A Hong Kong fantasy film directed by Yuen Woo-Ping.

Plot Summary

White Tiger is on the run from the police and takes refuge in a theatre troupe. Laundry man named Mousy is angered when White Tiger kills his friend and overcomes his natural cowardice to take his revenge.


Directed by: Yuen Woo-Ping
Fortune Star. A Golden Harvest presentation
A Raymond Chow production
Production Supervised by: Louis Sit
Script by: Peace Group
Story by: Wong Jing
Dialogue by: Kong Ping, Ding Yu
Cinematography: Ma Kuan-Hwa
Editor: Peter Cheung
Music by: Frankie Chan
Sound Recordist: Chou Shau-Long
Costumes: Liu Chi-Yu
Effects: Ng Kwok Wah
Action Choreographers: Yuen Woo-Ping & The Yuen’s Group

Yuen Biao (Mousy)
Leung Ka-Yan (Leung Foon)
Yuen Shun-Yee (White Tiger)
Kwan Tak-Hing (Wong Fei-Hung)
Chao Chung-Hsing (Chee)
Chow Yun-Kin (Kwun)
Mei Sheng Fan (Marshall Pao)
Fung Hark-On (demon tailor)
Kam Kar-Fung (White Tiger’s wife)
Phillip Ko (Master Tam)
Lily Li (Mousy’s sister)
Kwai Shan (Curly Fingers/naval kung fu instructor/Iron Swallon)
Ching Tang (Mousy’s girlfriend)
Yuen Cheung-Yan (bounty hunter)
Qiu Yuen

Alternative Titles

Dreadnaught – English language title
Yung che miu gui – Cantonese title


Variety vol.302 no.9 (1 April 1981) p.15 (USA)
“The English title is dreadful and it looks like an ordinary golden harvest [sic] martial arts “gimmick” pic. It stars an old man in his late 70’s and though a once popular kung fu master and a charismatic Cantonese opera star in his younger days, his last film was a flop. He under acts to advantage. The co-star is a budding actor who made an impression but is not yet boxoffice magic. He overacts to the point of irritation but his fighting skill is interesting. […] What made Dreadnaught a success? The right blending of ingredients that locals want, namely, off-beat kung fu, suspense, corny slapstick comedy and the unusual casting of old favorite Kwan Tak King (Hong Kong’s answer to George Burns) and fresh talent Yuen Biao. The outcome is a highly entertaining presentation. GH seems to have found the right recipe and screen formula. […] With a series of interlocking stories and characters, Dreadnaught gives a bit of everything to the delighted locals. In between the commercial elements are some stray strokes of creativity and surprises which may have been accidental. The lion dance segment is spectacular and so are the kung fu antics.” – from a review by Mel


Variety vol.302 no.9 (1 April 1981) p.15 – credits, review (by Mel)