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Project A (1983)

A gai waak (original title)
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Fighting against pirates at the turn of the 20th century, the Hong Kong navy are failing miserably. It's up to Sergeant Lung (Jackie Chan) to take matters into his own hands.

Directors:

Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (uncredited)

Writers:

Jackie Chan, Jack Maeby (english adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Isabella Wong ... Winnie (as Winnie Wong)
Tai-Bo ... Tai (as Pa Tai)
Ng-Long Cheung 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 Fat Wan ... Thug (as Wan Tat)
Yeong-Mun Kwon Yeong-Mun Kwon ... (as Wing-Man Kwan)
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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navy | See All (1) »

Taglines:

A rip-roaring adventure on the old china coast... See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In rehearsal for the clock tower fall inspired by Safety Last! (1923), 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 (1982) was playing at the local theater. 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. See more »

Goofs

The clock tower fall was shown twice, but each used a different take. See more »

Quotes

Winnie: You're going too fast!
Dragon Mi Yong: You'll drive me mad!
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the film, including one of the takes from the famous clock tower scene See more »

Alternate Versions

Large portions of the scene where fei (sammo) is playing mahjong and is found by the gangsters is cut from many international versions of the film - because it was felt that the game of mahjong isn't well known enough in many countries for it to be so prominently featured. See more »

Connections

Edited into Traces of a Dragon (2003) See more »

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Better Than Any Film Jackie Made in the USA
24 January 2004 | by FufururuSee all my reviews

I once watched Jackie on a documentary mention how a specific audience likes his Hong Kong films and a specific audience likes his American films but they rarely overlap. I belong to the former group, and believe this movie is the perfect example why.

The story does not twist or turn much but does have a certain charm and separates itself from any average "beat anyone up" kung fu film - even if a few fights happen for the stupidest reasons. It's all about a group of soldiers put together to get rid of some pirates in nearby waters which is always in competition with the local police force for funding. But the film really entertains through the use of Jackie's stunts and gags. From cycling through the cramped streets of Hong Kong to grenade training in the police academy, you bound to sometimes be in a state of awe - or at least chuckle a few times.

It's amazing some of the stunts Jackie pulled off, including falling from a very high clocktower. If your interested in Jackie's films, or want a high quality kung-fu film then I recommend you have a look at 'Project A'.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | English

Release Date:

22 December 1983 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan's Project A See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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