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Project A Part II
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"Damn you, my movies are good!"

Jackie Chan brandishes a rare pistol in Project A Part II.
Chinese: A計劃續集  
Year: 1987  
Director: Jackie Chan  
Producer: Leonard Ho Koon-Cheung  
Cast: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk, Lin Wei, Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam, Carina Lau Ka-Ling, Ray Lui Leung-Wai, Bill Tung Piu, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Ricky Hui Koon-Ying, Chan Wai-Man, Kenny Ho Kar-King, Lam Kwok-Bun, Lau Siu-Ming, Kwan Hoi-San, Mars, Tai Bo, Regina Kent, Jue Tit-Woh, Kenny Bee, Lui Fong, Anthony Chan Yau, Wu Feng
The Skinny: Stunts get priority over plot in Project A Part II, a sometimes boring, sometimes exhilarating Jackie Chan fight-fest.
 
Review by
Calvin
McMillin:

Hero extraordinaire Jackie Chan returns to his popular role of Dragon Ma in this 1987 follow-up to the earlier stunt extravaganza Project A. No longer a part of the Coast Guard, Dragon's been asked to take the reins of a corrupt police district. At every turn, Dragon must work to undo the damage rendered by the cops' previous Superintendent, the crooked Chun (Lin Wei). Along the way, our hero hooks up with a band of revolutionaries (Rosamund Kwan, Maggie Cheung, and Carina Lau among them) in his quest to put away the corrupt police official and fend off the bloodthirsty pirates that survived the first film.

To be honest, the first three-quarters or so of Project A Part II aren't that interesting. Sure, there are moments of the usual Jackie Chan magic, but it's not until the last act that the movie really cuts loose. The action is swift, sleek, and ridiculously dangerous - just how a Jackie Chan flick should be. The film even features a spectacular homage to one of Jackie's heroes - silent era star Buster Keaton - in a finale that, quite literally, brings the house down. Though the appearance of several fine actors besides Chan brightens the proceedings from time to time, Project A Part II suffers in the long run from a weak script. At its core, the film is really just a showcase for Chan's amazing stuntwork. And for plenty of viewers, that's all they came for. (Calvin McMillin 2002)

 
Notes:

• Project A alums Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao are conspicuously absent from the sequel. Everything from simple scheduling problems (Eastern Condors was in production) to a reputed tiff with Jackie has been cited as reasons for their exclusion from the film.
Purchased for North American distribution by Miramax/Disney. Insert complaint or rant here.

Awards:

8th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner - Best Action Design (Jackie Chan's Stuntmen Association)
Nomination - Best Editing (Cheung Yiu-Chung)

Availability:

DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Joy Sales
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc

Also see: Project A (1983)
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