Film 291 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1983’s ‘Project A’. Directed and staring Jackie Chan, this action comedy is about… that’s the thing. I couldn’t find any plot synopsis. All I could find on IMDb was ‘Fighting against pirates in “old Hong Kong”. Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music.’ There wasn’t so much music but there was a hell of a lot of action. From well choreographed fight scenes to the scenes where Dragon (Jackie Chan) has to avoid bad guys in the alleyways on a bike. One thing I thought was a tiny bit odd was that they did a replay of Dragon falling 60ft off the clockface and landing on his head. Did they do that to show how painful it look? If so, they accomplished because that looked like it hurt. It was hard to write anything about this film because I was so hooked in. I know that I have one more of these style of films left and it’s directed by John Woo. So I’m expecting the same thing but with added doves. Overall, this is a film that I would definatly recommend especially if you want something to laugh at. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1983’s “Project A”
Film – Project A
Year – 1983
Director – Jackie Chan
Written by – Jackie Chan
Staring – Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Baio Yuen
IMDb Rating – 7.4/10
My Ratng -7.5/10
Length – 98 min (1h 38min)
Genre – Action, Comedy
We open with a war meeting on how to defeat pirates
I know this is dubbed but it’s done badly
YOU SPILT TEA ON THE PLANS!!!
Dragon arrives with news that the Navy wants more ammo
‘No more guns! We’ll run at them instead’
Jackie Chan doesn’t look like a sailor
Those are some foamy beers
Does the Police hate the Navy?
How to disrespect someone in a bar? Pour beer on their head
Now their just throwing furniture at them?
Don’t waste the wine!
There’s an awful lot of stunt work for just one scene
Don’t you hate it when you get your hand trapped in a door
Fight’s over when the general arrives
Time for The Navy to set sail against The Pirates
Anyone have a motto for when we get captures by Pirates? No? Good!
Huh? Who invited The Scottish?
Great! Two ships have been stolen and two more just exploded!
The Pirates meet a man who wants 100 Police rifles as a reward for blowing up ships
The Chief tells The Navy that they have to join Police as The Navy is no more
Wait… Isn’t that the guy who I got into a bar fight with last night?
WHAT?!? You shot him because he laughed… Or you could let him escape
Time for hand grenade training
We have to arrest Chan Ho… dressed like rich golfers
Has no one in the VIP Club never seen a police badge
Well then… this is easy… or not
Time for another fight
One chair to the head and Dragon goes flying down the stairs
And Dragon just quit his job
Who knew coat hangers were deadly weapons?
And Chan Ho has been caught
Turns out Dragon’s old friend knows about the news about the rifle deal
How to settle who pays for food – Whoever loses Rock Paper Scissors has to pay
We find the rifle deal in the sea on a boat
Dragon and his friend now have the rifles
Turns out his friend sold everything to The Pirates but Dragon has other ideas
How to impress a woman – Practise your Martial Arts skills
41 minutes in and I’ve not said a whole lot
And now we’ve got another fight
So… I know who the hero is but who’s the villains
Now’s a bad time to get a sprained ankle in a chase
Better hide in the mannequin store
How the hell did he do that?
Either way, that was funny
Who knew bikes were good for kicking buckets
Good thing for these tight alleys otherwise all of this would be impossible
Don’t you hate it when your bike seat falls off and you end up sitting on the pole
You’re never truly friends until you get into arguments and kick everyone in the face together
‘All us fat guys lookalike’
Well.. He’s up there! Now how’s he gonna get down
Oh… That’s how! Through the clock tower
Wait.. Who shot the bad guy
Wait… The police are now good!??!
And Dragon just fell 60ft on top of his head – That looked painful
Here come The English!
Shit!!! THE PIRATES!!! And they’ve taken all our women!
Meanwhile, Dragon sneaks into the war meeting
So… Are the Police and Pirates working together!??!
Dragon confronts the head of Police and calls him a coward for not going to war with The Pirates
So… Dragon is now in charge of the Navy
Meanwhile, Simon chats with Elizabeth in his rocky cabin until Dragon steals Simon
Nothing scarier than being beaten up by four shirtless men for answers
Dragon is now on a pirate ship
FATS!!!! What are you doing here?
All Fats wants is the rifles while Dragon wants the hostages
How did he keep that pigeon under his hat for so long?
Why are The Pirate guards dressed like Ninja Turtles?
Dragon meets with Sam in Sam’s lair
Wait… Fats has disguised himself as a Pirate!
Time for us to save everyone and defeat the Pirates
Fats has his guns!
What kind of password is ‘Beat Me’?
How many times can I get the password wrong?
And Fats has escaped with his guns
We eat meat with our samurai swords
Now this film just turned into ‘Over the Top’
Fats decides to save Dragon as the evil villain has arrived
That beard is clearly fake
Dammit Fats! You ruined everything!
EXPLOSION!!! And Fats just fainted
Two policemen just managed to beat up every Pirate with guns and knives
Now Dragon fights with Sam after everyone else is taken care of
Now we have a sword fight
Also… Why is Sam covered in black paint
Ok – On a closer look there actually tattoos – They’re badly designed
Dropkick by Fats just rocked Sam
Better blow Sam up while we have him wrapped up in a rug