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Project A (1983)

'A' gai wak (original title)
Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music.

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Isabella Wong ...
Winnie (as Winnie Wong)
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Tai (as Pa Tai)
Ng Long Cheung ...
VIP Club Bouncer (as Wu Long Cheung)
Hoi Sang Lee ...
Li Chou Kou (as Hai-Shung Lee)
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Wai Wong ...
Chow Wing Ling
Fat Wan ...
Thug (as Wan Tat)
Wing Man Kuen
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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A rip-roaring adventure on the old china coast... See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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22 December 1983 (Hong Kong)  »

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Trivia

The scene where Jackie Chan emerges from the barrel of water was part of a much longer sequence that didn't make the final cut, where he and Sammo Hung are chased to a brothel by the army. Then after Chan is shown fully dressed, a fight took place in and around the brothel after he and Hung were handcuffed together. Most of the ideas were re-used by Chan for Project A Part 2, in the sequence where he and a fellow officer are handcuffed to each other and are trying to fend off a gang. 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 »

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Winnie: You're going too fast!
Dragon Mi Yong: You'll drive me mad!
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Jackie's Best
26 May 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Samo Heung were all at the height of their considerable powers when this film was made and it shows. This blows just about every other martial arts film out of the water faster than any of San Pao's pirates ever could. With humour, suspense and a half decent plot thrown in to add to the blistering action I found this to be the 'three dragons' most accessible film to a western audience. The humour translates well and three sequences stand out as some of the best action scenes ever put to film the three being Jackie's homage to 'Safety Last' by falling from the clock tower, the bonkers bike chase through increasingly narrow city streets, and the final showdown defeat of San Pao by Jackie, Yuen Biao and Samo (with a little help from Mars and some wayward grenades). This is the pinnacle of Jackie Chans stunt career and is near impossible to better and I doubt that anyone will ever reach this level of stunt excellence again. If you only ever see one Jackie Chan film see this one as it is truly unique.


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