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(1983)

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The "hanging from the clock tower" stunt is a homage to Safety Last! (1923). At least three different takes were shot; two are shown during the course of the film, and a third at the end under the credits.
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When Jackie was doing the stunt at the clock tower, Jackie was afraid of falling voluntarily. So he held on until he literally lost his grip and fell.
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Was Danny Trejo's film debut. (Voice only)
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Originally going to be titled Pirate Patrol but it was feared that once announced, other Hong Kong film producers would rush to copy and release films featuring pirates.
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In rehearsal for the clock tower fall inspired by Safety Last!, Chan took a week to build the courage to drop from such a great height. During the shooting of the bicycle chase sequence, one of the stuntmen informed Chan that E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was playing at the local cinema. Chan halted filming to watch the bicycle chase scene in the finale of E.T., to ensure that his scene and Steven Spielberg's scene were not the same. After watching the film, Chan became more confident, realizing that the audience doesn't really care so much about such minor details, only in watching the film and having a good time. According to his book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action, Chan injured his neck while filming the scene.
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Jackie Chan was done the stunt scene in the three time at the clock tower.
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One of the stunts, involving a fall from a tower, almost cost Jackie Chan his life.
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Jackie Chan and composer Siu-Tin Lai's first collaboration.
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Regarded as one of the most ground breaking movies in Hong Kong Action cinema. Up to this point, Hong Kong movies didn't have the big scale sets and attention to period detail that was lavished on this film. And it was the first to have a mixed variety of action sequences and not just rely on martial arts, which pretty much set the tone for the rest of Jackie Chan's movie career.
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Prior to filming, Jackie Chan and his stunt team trained with the real marine police to give a sense of authenticity to the squad's marches.
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Grossed 14 million dollars in two weeks, which was a new record at the time for a Hong Kong movie.
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Dick Wei was seriously injured during filming the climatic fight when Sammo Hung kicks him in his back.
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Marks the first time that Michael Lai used orchestral music instead of library music or music lifted from other movies.
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The first Hong Kong movie where Jackie Chan opted for a more naturalistic, street fighting style rather than the traditional Kung Fu in his earlier movies.
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Jackie Chan had no intention of making a sequel to this but the Japanese Emperor enjoyed the movie so much, he told Chan he was looking forward to it, so Chan felt obligated.
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The first movie in which Jackie Chan started using outtakes on the end credits, which is an idea he liked after working on The Cannonball Run in Hollywood.
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Sammo Hung's introduction scene where he's playing Mahjung was cut from the international releases because it was felt foreign audiences wouldn't understand the game.
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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.
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The U.S version distributed on video and DVD by Miramax's studio division "Dimension Films" in North America in 2000, it has a new opening credits sequence, a new score, and dubbed English dialogue. In addition, seven minutes are cut from the original dialogue (105 Mins) to 97 Mins.
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Movie title 'Project A' was originally working title.
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This movie was remake by same name TV series at Hong Kong.
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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.
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