Project A

1983

Action / Comedy

145
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 82%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 12324

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Cast

Jackie Chan as Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung
Danny Trejo as Lo Sam Pau
1080p.BLU
1.45 GB
1920*1080
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 10 / 24

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tweekums 9 / 10

Project A

It is the end of the nineteenth century and pirates are troubling shipping around Hong Kong. The Coast Guard are making little progress and after their ships are destroyed by the pirates they are taken over by their rivals in the police. Our protagonist is Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung, a coast guard who soon quits the police after he is ordered to curtail a raid to avoid upsetting some powerful people; it is clear there is corruption in the police. He is determined to bring the pirates down and ends up working with his old friend Fei, a petty criminal.

This isn't a film to be taken seriously but it is a lot of fun. There is plenty of well-choreographed martial arts action; this is done in a way that is both thrilling and rather funny. There are other great action scenes; most notably a brilliant bicycle chase through narrow alleyways and one where Jackie Chan, as Dragon, falls about sixty feet from a clock tower slowed only by a couple of fairly flimsy looking awnings. The story isn't the strongest but that doesn't matter as the plot is mainly there to provide a reason for the numerous set pieces. Jackie Chan is on great form as Dragon, making this film a must see for his fans. The rest of the cast are solid enough but unsurprisingly not as great as Chan. Overall this film is a great mix of comedy and action; well worth watching.

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 8 / 10

Project A-mazing.

Directed by and starring Jackie Chan, Project A is a martial arts classic, a lavish late-19th century adventure featuring some of the most incredible fight action and death defying stunts imaginable. Chan plays Navy recruit Dragon Ma Yue Lung, who teams up with police captain Tzu (Yuen Baio) and lovable thief Fei (Sammo Hung) to try and bring to justice the pirates (led by Lor Sam Pau, played by Dick Wei) who have been marauding the Hong Kong seas.

Even though the film's plot is slight and contains plenty of the broad slapstick comedy that I often struggle with, the quantity and quality of the action still qualifies the film as unmissable, its three stars, Chan, Baio and Hung, at the top of their game (causing plenty of pain for the poor stuntmen extras). Chan, in particular, delivers some of his finest moments, including a brilliantly choreographed scene involving bicycles and narrow alleyways, a fight amongst the gears and cogs of a clock tower, and, most memorable of all, a bone-crunching high fall guaranteed to make the jaw drop. The excellent finale sees our three heroes take on Lor Sam Pau in the pirate's island hideout, and is well worth the wait, all four fighters providing impeccably timed and expertly executed feats of physical prowess.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 10 / 10

A definite contender for Jackie's best movie

Another stunner from Jackie Chan, and one of his biggest hits as a star and director. PROJECT A follows the winning '80s formula for Chan, namely a fast-moving plot concerning numerous heroic characters and villains all with their individual connections, plenty of loose humour ranging from slapstick jokes to juvenile comedy, a light-heartedness of touch making it impossible not to enjoy, tons of cool martial arts action, mad stunts, and winning performances. In fact, the only difference really is the setting, namely 1900s Hong Kong as opposed to a modern day thriller. Nonetheless the setting doesn't really have much impact on the movie which is much the same as any other fight flick starring the three brothers.

The bad guys this time around are a bunch of typical movie-looking pirates led by a tough tattooed guy who proves near on impossible to beat come the climax. No surprise then that he's played by Hong Kong regular Dick Wei in what's his toughest and most impressive performance. Yet much of the film takes place on land as Chan attempts to outwit and trap a criminal gang who are conspiring to give the pirates a cache of one hundred rifles in turn for their protection. Many comic misadventures follow as Chan loses his job as a coast guard, is forced to become a dreaded policeman, then quits and finally manages to catch the bad guys single-handedly. The film displays Chan at the peak of his considerable powers, evident in the numerous fight sequences which are as always impeccably staged, complete with fine editing and a reliance on super-human manoeuvres and imaginative hits and use of props.

The major chase in this film is pretty novel, seeing as it takes place on push-bikes rather than the more typical motorbikes/cars or boats. There are plenty of stunts and bone-breaking displays of human athleticism to keep the action flowing merrily along, including one fantastic battle within the machinery of a town's clock and the ensuing stunt fall from the clock tower, in which Chan gets to pay tribute to one of his heroes, silent film star Harold Lloyd. The ending offers lots of major explosions, highly amusing situations (the hilarious "password" scene is a killer), false identities, and some elaborate, long-running martial arts fights showing a bunch of seasoned performers doing their finest work. Solid supporting roles are given to Yuen Biao as hard-boiled cop Captain Chi (slightly underused however) and especially Sammo Hung, excelling as a thief with a heart of gold who gets caught up in the action. The only thing missing is a substantial female lead. Otherwise, PROJECT A is a classic, one of the best action comedies of all time and a piece of very entertaining entertainment.

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