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.
Action / Comedy
Action / Comedy
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.
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