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  • Actors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Dick Wei, Mars
  • Directors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
  • Writers: Jackie Chan, Edward Tang, Jack Maeby
  • Producers: Edward Tang, Leonard Ho, Raymond Chow
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Hong Kong Legends
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067A97
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Martial arts action comedy starring Jackie Chan. A turn-of-the-century Hong Kong marine (Chan, who also co-directs) and his squad have made a dismal mess of trying to capture the notorious pirates and cut-throats that infest the China Sea. Little do they know that their failure is due to a traitor in their midst. The rivalry between the marines and the police comes to a head in a spectacular bar room brawl. Eventually the two rival groups unite against the pirates and mount a raid on their lair.

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For people who've discovered Jackie Chan through his international hit Rush Hour and want to learn what his Hong Kong movies are like, Project A is an excellent place to start. Chan plays a sailor in 19th-century Hong Kong; pirates have been terrorizing the seas for months, and all efforts to combat them have been sabotaged by the corrupt chief of police and a criminal gang, who are in cahoots with the pirates. But the plot is hardly the point--a Jackie Chan movie is about astonishingly acrobatic action sequences and breathtaking stunts, and Project A has plenty. Of particular interest is a bicycle chase that is more suspenseful than any car chase you've ever seen. Chan is joined by Sammo Hung as a shifty con man who comes through when the chips are down. Project A also features Yuen Biao, a frequent costar in Chan's movies, who's yet another astounding martial artist. But what separates Jackie Chan movies from other kung fu flicks is his sense of humor; every fight scene is punctuated by something--a clever use of a prop or sudden reversal of your expectations--that will make you bark with laughter. Sometimes it's just so exquisitely choreographed that the entire movie seems to float on a cloud of giddy delight. Jackie Chan is often compared to the classic silent comedians for his grace and timing--he lives up to it. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Christopher James Pole on 8 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
I do believe I can honestly call myself a martial arts movie buff, having dedicated my free time to them since I was six, and I've seen and studied the best and the worst. This is beyond any shadow of a doubt one of the best. I won't bore you with plot, as I personnaly don't like to know what's going to happen before I watch it, but I will tell you that this is Jackie's finest work yet, with mind-blowing, arse-clenching stunts, superb fight scenes and the perfect co-stars with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. My extremely close second favourite martial arts film, and in my top five best films of all time, I can't stress the importance of you watching this enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Lightbown on 12 Jun. 2002
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I recently perchased project A as i am a huge Jackie Chan fan,Within thee first 5 minutes i was hugely impressed,although after this the action dulls for ten minuets or so,however with perservernce if you carry on watching i can guarantee you, you will not be disappointed,I can truly say this is one of Jackie Chans best works,all the actors act well and the action scenes are amazing even for the slightly over weight Sammo Hung , If you are an action fan and like Jackie Chan then this should be a certainty in your collection.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. T. Whitaker on 6 July 2002
Format: DVD
When Jackie Chan was making this movie, he was desperate for another hit following the lukewarm reception to his previous movie 'Dragon Lord'. Fortunately 'Project A' not only revived his fortunes, but also introduced audiences to his trademark of doing really dangerous stunts.
Jackie plays Dragon Ma, Sergeant of the local coast guard in late 19th Century Hong Kong, whose job it is to seek out and rid the area of pirates (Project A was a real-life plan devised for this very purpose). Unfortunately the miserable attempts of the inept Coast Guards to actually find the pirates' lair, never mind capture them, cost the government lots of funds, which in turn angers Captain Chi of the Police Force, who complains that the police are not getting enough funding.
Things come to a head when the Coast Guard and the Police brawl (led by Tzu, played by Yuen Biao) in a bar the night before the former are to set sail, plus just as the Coast Guard are about to embark on their mission their ships get blown up. Because of this the Coast Guard is disbanded and its members forced to join the police force, where Tzu puts them under torturous and seemingly unfair training regimes.
Meanwhile, the men who blew up the ships, who are working for head pirate San-po (played with brilliance by Dick Wei), are asked to get hold of 100 police rifles, so they hire Fei (Sammo Hung), a thief for hire.
Back at police headquarters, Tzu gives orders to arrest criminal Chiang, tipped to be hiding in a local high-society club. Unfortunately this causes disturbance with the club's members and this disgraces the force, so Dragon quits in disgust after bringing Chiang to justice.
Fei witnesses this and recognises Dragon as being an old friend, although Dragon won't trust Fei because of his usual thieving ways.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 20 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
'Project A' stars the always brilliant Jackie Chan as a turn-of-the century Hong Kong coastguard hot on the trail of the cut throat pirates terrorizing the seas around it. His job is made harder by the rival gangs and corrupt policemen whom all inhabit Hong Kong. Starring alongside him are his old school friends and frequent co-stars Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, two amazing martial artists in their own right.

If the plot seems pretty thin, that's because it is, but who cares. The story is hardly compelling but the action is jaw-dropping the comedy side splitting, which is really all you should expect from a Jackie Chan movie. The fight scenes are uncomparable in their choreography which ultimately creates too many 'rewind and watch again moments,' which completely makes up for the poor acting and weak script.

The sequel 'Project A Part II' continues where the prequel left off. The story still involve the same plot devices: corrupt policemen, rival gangs and of course the favourite of them all pirates. Jackie Chan's character gets to witness the corruption from a different angle this time as the new chief of the local police. Unfortunately Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao do not reprise their roles in this movie which is the only thing that lets down this sequel.

The movie took what is in the prequel and made the fight scenes longer, more frequent and more exciting with the comedy even more side splitting hilarious. As with the first film the acting is acceptable, it carries the storyline along nicely but do not expect any Oscar worthy performances and the plot is thin and unconvincing but as I always say 'Who cares, It's Jackie Chan' and this time he is definetly at his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "nominator12" on 17 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
A very good film! Some excellent and well-timed fight choreography with humourous fight scenes that will make you wet yourself! Just look out for the fight scene with jackie being chased on a bicycle...i wont spoil the rest for you.
If you havent seen this yet, then watch it...tonight!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ed VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2004
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As a martial arts movie enthusiast, I have watched plenty of old and modern, good and terrible martial arts films. Project A is at the very top of the list.
Jackie Chan is one of the most talented martial artists to appear in films, and as a showcase of his talent, no film does it better. Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan have some incredible sequences in this film including (in my opinion) the best fight scene -ever- at the very end of the film.
But this isn't JUST a really good martial arts film - there is a plot, and the editing and filmography are superb. Project A was made at the apex of Jackie Chan's career and is a truly fantastic film overall.
As if that wasnt enough, the brilliant team at 'Hong Kong Classics' have digitally remastered the sound and picture and added on a whole host of excellent extras including rare interviews. Watching Jackie Chan has never been so much fun!
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