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Project A (1983)

'A' gai wak (original title)
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Fighting against pirates at the turn of the 20th century, the Hong Kong navy are failing miserably. It's up to Sergeant Lung (Jackie Chan) to take matters into his own hands.

Directors:

Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (uncredited)

Writers:

Jackie Chan, Jack Maeby (english adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Fei
Biao Yuen ... Captain Tzu
Dick Wei ... Lor Sam Pau
Mars ... Jaws
Isabella Wong Isabella Wong ... Winnie (as Winnie Wong)
Tai-Bo ... Tai (as Pa Tai)
Ng-Long Cheung Ng-Long Cheung ... VIP Club Bouncer (as Wu Long Cheung)
Hoi Sang Lee ... Li Chou Kou (as Hai-Shung Lee)
Hoi-San Kwan ... Captain Chi
Wai Wong ... Chow Wing Ling
Fat Wan Fat Wan ... Thug (as Wan Tat)
Yeong-Mun Kwon Yeong-Mun Kwon ... (as Wing-Man Kwan)
Ho Kai Law
Hark-Sun Lau ... Admiral (as Hak Suen Lau)
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Storyline

In late 19th Century Hong Kong the British may rule the land, but the pirates rule the waters. Reluctantly, the Coast Guard is given money to fight these pirates, but the pirates themselves have many contacts (that is, bribed officials) in the government, and seek to thwart the Coast Guard's efforts to eliminate them. One Coast Guard officer is Dragon Ma, who is determined that his beloved Coast Guard will not be made fools of. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

A rip-roaring adventure on the old china coast... See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

22 December 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan's Project A See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Regarded as one of the most groundbreaking movies in Hong Kong Action cinema. Up to this point, Hong Kong movies didn't have the big scale sets and attention to period detail that was lavished on this movie. And it was the first to have a mixed variety of action sequences and not just rely on martial arts, which pretty much set the tone for the rest of Jackie Chan's movie career. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie Chan's character is being chased down an alley and escapes into a door, only to reappear in the alley once the guards have gone into the same door, you can tell a cut was made. Items in the background such as a cloth flapping in the wind move in a manner which indicates an obvious jump cut. See more »

Quotes

Captain Chi: Who is laughing like that?
Jaws: Me, sir.
Captain Chi: Do you know what you're going to do?
Jaws: To laugh one thousand times?
Captain Chi: Police, shoot him dead!
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film, including one of the takes from the famous clock tower scene See more »

Alternate Versions

Large portions of the scene where fei (sammo) is playing mahjong and is found by the gangsters is cut from many international versions of the film - because it was felt that the game of mahjong isn't well known enough in many countries for it to be so prominently featured. See more »

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Spoofed in Project A-Ko (1986) See more »

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Two thumbs up, and making you walk the plank, like a pirate...
12 June 2008 | by thomas-hardcastle-2See all my reviews

Okay, let's judge this film overall, and not just by the fighting, which is obviously the best thing about this film.

The sets are very good, and you can tell that this was a big-budget film for the time. You get the feel of being in colonial turn-of-the-century Hong Kong. The costumes add to this feel too, not to mention the fact that a lot of the buildings used actually ARE Hong Kong landmarks from all those years ago. On top of this, there's the fact that the film ages less because it is a period piece. Police Story might as well be called, "Eighties Story." Acting - well, although I watched this movie in Chinese with English subtitles, and with English dubbing, I cannot find anything wrong with the acting. It's all done pretty well, with the obvious quirks that make Hong Kong movie acting what it is: strained facial expressions, a lot of pointing, and a lot of laughing that is laughable itself.

Sound - not very good, but when you consider that all the sound had to be re-dubbed, it makes sense, and allow for more leniency.

The plot is not wafer-thin, as has happened in earlier Chan movies, but this isn't Pi. To be honest, it's about as complicated as a Jackie Chan movie is ever going to get, and if the only reason for watching a kung-fu movie is plot, you're an idiot, anyway.

Right, then - action - and boy oh boy, this film is full of incredible action. I have over sixty Jackie Chan films in my collection, so I know what I'm talking about when analysing his films. Project A ranks among the best of his films, when looking at the action. There are so many fights staged, and so many pay-offs. You get to see Jackie, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biu fighting each other, and the bad guys in such a fast, furious, and creative way that this is an action movie you'll never forget. Dick Wei is muscular and mean as the head of the pirates, and is a formidable foe, who forces the three brothers to come together to dispose of him.

As usual, the stunts would not have been allowed in Britain or America, but hey, this is Kong Kong, so let's blow these guys up, and watch them flip and fly across the set for our own satisfaction.

Overall, this is a top notch film, with wonderfully edited fights, excellent creativity, and superb Chanesque humour along the way. It's a showpiece of the efforts of the three special ones of Hong Kong cinema in the eighties, and any fan of Hong Kong cinema should only miss this at their peril.


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