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Release Date:
22 December 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »
Nonstop Action On The High Seas! See more »
Fighting against pirates in "old Hong Kong". Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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Marvellously entertaining martial arts gem, possibly Jackie Chan's finest film See more (62 total) »


  (in credits order)

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 ... Winnie (as Winnie Wong)
Po Tai ... Tai (as Pa Tai)
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 ... Thug (as Wan Tat)
Wing Man Kuen
Ho Kai Law
Hark-Sun Lau ... Admiral (as Hak Suen Lau)
Ma Wu ... Mahjong Player
Yun-Kin Chow (as Chow Yun Kim)
Qun Wang ... Coast Guard
Yen Tsan Tang ... Pirate (as Yim Chan Tong)
Keung-Kuen Lai ... Coast Guard
David Thomas ... Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung (voice) (as David A. Thomas)

Jennifer Paz ... Winnie (voice)
Michael Sorich ... Captain Chi (voice)

Danny Trejo ... Lo Sam Pau (voice: English version)

Joey Camen ... (voice)

Brad Sergi ... Li Chou Kou (aka Chou Kau) (voice)
Joe Hanna ... (voice)

Fred Tatasciore ... (voice)

John DeMita ... Captain Tzu (voice) (as John Demita)

Tom Konkle ... Chow Wing Ling (voice)
Kurt Ferguson ... (voice)
Jeff Brunner ... (voice)

E.E. Bell ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan
Leung Chan
Seng-Kwong Chang
Ling Wei Chen
Chok Chow Cheung
Wah Cheung ... Ling's thug
Kar Lok Chin ... Extra - Coast Policeman
Hin-Cheung Choi
Tau Chu
Lola Forner ... Rear Admiral's Daughter
Ging Man Fung
Ming Fung
Kwok Wing Ha
Yi-Sheng Han (as Yee Sang Hon)
Yun Ho
Yu Lung Hsiao
Hsin Nan Hung
Yeong-Mun Kwon
Foo-Wai Lam
Kei Law
Kin-sang Lee ... Pirate (as Chris Lee)
Fa Yuan Li
Yuen Lin
Huang-Hsi Liu
Wai Lo
Steve Mak
Lai-Chu Ng
Min Kan Ng ... Pirate
Frankie Poon
Kuei-Tsai Shih
Chin Tang Tang
Siu-Ming To
Pau-Chung Tong
Wei Ho Tu
Chun Kang Wang
Kim-Ban Wong
Paul Wong
Hsiang Lin Yin ... Flying Mahjong gambler
Man-Kei Yiu
Tau Wan Yue ... Mahjong Parlor Officer
Shing-Chau Yuen
Rocky Lai ... Pirate (uncredited)

Directed by
Jackie Chan 
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jackie Chan  writer
Jack Maeby  english adaptation
Edward Tang  writer

Produced by
Raymond Chow .... executive producer
Leonard Ho .... producer
Edward Tang .... producer (as Tang King-Chan)
Original Music by
Siu-Tin Lai  (as Michael Lai)
Nicholas Rivera  (as Nicolás Rivera)
Cinematography by
Yiu-Tsou Cheung  (as Yiu Jo Cheung)
Film Editing by
Peter Cheung 
Production Design by
Yuen Wo Poon 
Jim Fook Sing 
Lok Tung So 
Production Management
Kimberly Berman .... post-production supervisor (english version)
Tracy Eaggleston .... post-production supervisor: english version
Shannon McIntosh .... executive in charge of production (english version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yen Tsan Tang .... action director (as Yim Chan Tang)
Sound Department
Todd Beckett .... re-recording mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor (1999 English soundtrack)
Ed Callahan .... sound editor (english version)
Michael J. Fox .... sound editor
Michael Jonascu .... sound editor (english version)
Goru Koyama .... foley artist (english version)
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Jackie Rodman .... sound editor (as Jackie Oster)
Webb J. Ronald .... sound editor (english version)
Lee Starkman .... sound editor (english version)
Wah Cheung .... stunts
Yun-Kin Chow .... stunt coordinator
Rok Cvetkov .... stunt player
Keung-Kuen Lai .... stunt coordinator
Kin-sang Lee .... stunts
Mars .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan
Mars .... stunt coordinator
Yen Tsan Tang .... stunt coordinator (as Yim Chan Tong)
Fat Wan .... stunt coordinator
Qun Wang .... stunt coordinator
Biao Yuen .... stunts
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Tat-Kwong Chan .... stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Lai .... stunts (uncredited)
Chung Chi Li .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Yuk Chan .... still photographer (as Chan Yuk)
Casting Department
Trisha Brunner .... casting associate (English version) (as Trisha Nunes)
Editorial Department
David B. Baron .... editorial consultant (1999 English version)
Other crew
Norm Hvam .... main title graphics
Biao Yuen .... martial arts double
Mars .... assistant action director (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"'A' gai wak" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Jackie Chan's Project A" - USA (long title)
"Mark of the Dragon" - Philippines (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for violence
105 min | 97 min (USA)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2005) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 (original rating) (cut) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (uncut) | Iceland:14 | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 (2004) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (1999) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1987) | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

Edward Tang and the production team felt that a period film could still have success if it had sufficient action, and so researched the history of Hong Kong during the time of pirates for Project A.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When dragon trips Mr. Chan, the lamp that he uses to trip him with clearly bends.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »


What are the differences between the US Version and the Uncensored Version?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Marvellously entertaining martial arts gem, possibly Jackie Chan's finest film, 23 October 2009
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

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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