A Navy sailor is reassigned to the local police and works tirelessly
to bring down a union between the mob and local pirates.
Project A (1983)
Directed by Jackie Chan
Written by Jackie Chan and Edward Tang
Starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen,
Dick Wei, Mars, Isabella Wong, Wai Wong
I'm a big fan of Jackie Chan and his movies and I have nothing but respect for a man who can do all his own stunts. That being said, the stunts are just about the only thing worth watching in this film. Project A has virtually no interesting characters or even any semblance of plot. It's basically just an excuse for Jackie Chan to pull off badass stunts in a new setting, this time in "Old Hong Kong," which I guess is supposed to be the early 1900's. Chan definitely went on to do bigger and better movies, but with early films like this, it's a miracle he didn't crash and burn.
Project A has something to do with the Navy, the police, the mob, and pirates. Besides that, I couldn't tell you what this film is about. Chan's character is literally named Dragon and he's the only competent character in the film. He's got a funny friend, named Fats in the English dubbed version, who gets into all sorts of shenanigans. The villain is some sort of generic pirate bad guy (whose actually voiced by Danny Trejo in the English dub) and a handful of mob villains who disappear about halfway through. As I said, there really isn't much to this film in the story elements department.
Now let's come to the stunts. As always, Jackie Chan pulls out all the stops with his crazy stunts, including a famous one where he falls from a clock tower with only two awnings stopping his awfully high fall. I wish that he'd put as much thought into the rest of the movie as he did with his remarkable stunts, because they really are breathtaking even today. Unfortunately, they weren't enough to make Project A interesting or even enjoyable.