SEASON'S BEATINGS: A CHRISTMAS IN HONG KONG - Dreadnaught

Mash-up murder-mystery and comedic kung-fu, and you’ll get a hint as to how the legendary Yuen Woo-Ping’s Dreadnaught plays out. “Every other scene is a rollicking set piece: There’s a hysterical acupuncture consultation/brawl, and a gymnastic/laundry-drying session” (Village Voice), in this bizarre and imaginative 35mm curio. The feisty and agile Yuen Biao stars as Mousy, a timid laundry worker, and Kwan Tak-Hing reprises his role as Wong Fei-Hung (the Chinese folk hero who has been portrayed on film by the likes of Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung), showing off graceful acrobatics despite being well into his 70s. See these fight scenes to believe ‘em, including the kung fu-laundry scene copied in Batman Forever!

Dir. Woo-Ping Yuen, 1981, 35mm, 91 min.

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