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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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  (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)

Tai-Bo ... 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)

Wu Ma ... 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: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 | West Germany:16 (original rating) (cut)

Did You Know?

Was Danny Trejo's film debut. (Voice only)See more »
Miscellaneous: The clock tower fall was shown twice, but each used a different take.See more »
Winnie:You're going too fast!
Dragon Mi Yong:You'll drive me mad!
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Movie Connections:
References Vengeance (1970)See more »


What are the differences between the US Version and the Uncensored Version?
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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
US Version Stinks, 16 May 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

'A' Gai Waak/Project A(1983) is known for the physical comedy performed by its star, Jackie Chan. No one does physical comedy with the same type of bravery like Jackie Chan does here. Physical comedy is the hardest kind of comedy. This is because a person has to be in excellent shape to do the kinds of stunts required in physical comedy.

Project A(1983) is my favorite film of the Jackie Chan/Sammo Hung/Yuen Biao collaborations. Film proves why they are the Marx Brothers of Kung Fu Comedy. These three actors are at home when working with each other. The fight scene between the head pirate and Chan/Hung/Biao is done at a frantic pace.

The stunts in Project A(1983) are dangerous and daring. They are also filled with energy and style. The stunt on the clock tower is both amazing and breath taking. When it comes to stunt work, Jackie Chan is the best at taking chances in giving action scenes an ounce of authenticity. The actors make the stunts look easier than they actually are.

Jackie Chan does a brilliant job in the dual role of actor and director. As an actor he gives a simple performance that is transcended by his ability to perform incredible stunts. As the director he films the action scenes with high speed energy. The best film for Jackie Chan as actor and director.

The scene with Chan hanging from the clock tower is a fabulous homage to the famous sequence from the silent comedy, Safety Last. Scene shows the actor's love for silent pictures and the Harold Lloyd film. This scene is a throwback to the glory days of silent comedy. Not only does it gives respect to Safety Last(1928) but also stands on its own as something memorable.

The action scenes in the movie make any similar scenes from the average Hollywood action pic look puny. A pure action film that shouldn't be mistaken for intellectual viewing. The fight scenes are done with imagination and passion. Action scenes from Project A(1983) are just as impressive as the action set pieces in Police Story(1985).

Project A(1983) is an entertaining tribute to the great silent pictures of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Jackie Chan plays a character in the Keaton and Lloyd mold. Its this aspect of Jackie Chan's arsenal that makes him a superstar. Project A(1983) is a great example of a film with the techniques of a silent comedy.

In comparing the USA version of the film to the Hong Kong version, I came to the conclusion that the version released here is a travesty. First, the US version is missing some key scenes that made the film funny. Second, the film was badly dubbed and poorly edited for its US release. If I ever got this film on DVD its most likely I will get the Hong Kong version.

Its a pleasure to see Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung fight side by side in Project A. Their films are usually terrific whenever they appear together. The fight scene in the tea house showcases their similar but slightly different brand of fighting technique. Its a shame that these two haven't done anything with each other lately.

One of the top films directed by Jackie Chan besides Police Story(1985), Armour of God 2(1991), and Project A part 2(1987). Ho-Shan Kwan provides the comic relief as the hard headed Captain Chi. Yuen Biao is good in a role that's over shadowed by Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. A film for fans of action movies and people who want to discover the films of Chan, Hung, and Biao.

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