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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
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Marvellously entertaining martial arts gem, possibly Jackie Chan's finest film
Project A I think counts as a sort of junction point in Jackie Chan's oeuvre, between his old school masterworks such as Drunken Master, Snake In The Eagle's Shadow and The Young Master, and latter work based more around action and cleverly choreographed stunts and slapstick. Project A occupies a perfect middle ground and as such is one of Chan's most entertaining and generally satisfying films, which really is saying something when one considers the joys of his aforementioned films, as well as the likes of the Police Story series and even Who Am I? Here he is a coastguard, protecting the seas and traders from pirates who seek to steal, kidnap and generally cause menace. Problems cause the coastguards to be dissolved, there is business with stolen fire-arms, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao are drawn into the mixture and all sorts of shenanigans, mostly action based go down, until the climax on the pirates island lair. Though not quite non stop action, the film is really quite packed with fighting and the choreography is sublime, mixing slapstick and highly effective displays of really skilled martial arts, as well as wanton destruction of furniture, crockery and anything else that gets in the way of the assorted flying bodies that come out of the films many skirmishes. A clocktower face off is particularly splendid, and a crazy and delightfully comical bike chase that likely ranks in the very upper echelons of such shenanigans. All of the stars are on fine form, though Jackie Chan has the limelight, veteran Lee Hoi San also gets a look in and Dick Wei makes for a a powerful pirate leader. Jackie Chan directs with gusto and a great eye for capturing the chaos and the fun of the action, whilst his screenplay, co written with Edward Tang knits a decent story to wrap the action in and even includes the odd heartfelt speech, as well as some good natured humour. Altogether I can't really find any grounds on which I didn't like this film, it is truly splendid entertainment and certainly my favorite Jackie Chan film, perhaps even my favorite of all 80's Hong Kong action cinema. Highly recommended.
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