Project A 2 (1987)

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Project A 2 (1987)
'A' gai wak 2 (original title)

Dragon Ma is back, having rid the seas of the dreaded Pirate Lo. Back on land, he is assigned to the police force, where he is to clean up corruption and crime in a local suburb. Along the way, he is caught up in the fate of several Chinese patriots attempting to secure sympathy and support for their revolutionary cause. The Chinese Manchu government is after these revolutionaries, and anyone that stands in their way is in trouble, even if they are in the police force.
Hong Kong
IMDb   7.1 /10
TheMovieDb    7.1 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   5.9 /10
Creators
Director Jackie Chan
Writer Jackie Chan
Writer Jack Maeby
Writer Edward Tang
Writer Yu Ting
Information
Release Date1987-07-25
Runtime1h 41min
GenreAction, Comedy, Crime
Content RatingPG-13 (PG-13)
Awards1 win & 4 nominations.
CompanyGolden Way Films Ltd., Paragon Films Ltd., Towa Productions
CountryHong Kong
LanguageCantonese
Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung
Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan
Miss Pak
Superintendant Chun
Police Commissioner
Mr. Man (as Sam Lui)
Regina, Governor's Daughter
Awesome Wolf (as Charlie Chan)
Mao's Sidekick No 2 (as Chris Li)
Bodyguard No 1
Mickey
Mickey
Cobra

Project A Part II

Project A Part II (Chinese: A計劃續集; aka Jackie Chan’s Project A II; released in the Philippines as Super Fighter) is a 1987 Hong Kong action film starring and directed by Jackie Chan, who also writer with Edward Tang, who also producer with Raymond Chow, Leonard Ho. It is the sequel to the 1983 film Project A. Jackie Chan plays Sergeant Dragon Ma once again, but his co-stars from the previous film, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, are absent. The film was released on 19 August 1987.


Plot

The sequel continues with runaway pirates, who vow that they must kill Dragon Ma to take revenge for their late captain. On recommendation of the Chief of Marine Force, Dragon Ma is transferred to be in charge of the district of Sai Wan after the Superintendent, Chun, is thought to be staging his arrests. Chun, however, has an excellent record and the "criminals" he has been engaging are shot and killed, so there is no evidence against him.

Dragon Ma and his subordinates later meet Yesan and her cousin, Carina, at a teahouse selling flowers to raise funds. He later learns that Carina is a member of the Chinese revolutionaries headed by Dr Sun Yat-sen. Dragon identifies himself as the new superintendent of Sai Wan Police Station, after realizing that all of his policemen except one has been taking bribes. Ho, the only upright policeman around, tells them that a gangster named Tiger Ow with gambling dens and other illegal businesses is the kingpin of the town.

When his men are too cowardly to confront Tiger, Dragon is forced to confront him with only Ho and his three friends he brought with him from the Marine Police. After a big fight where the policemen are badly outnumbered, the Marine Police show up with guns and force the gangsters to surrender. After one last fight with Ow, all the gangsters are sent to prison, inspiring the police at the station to do a better job.

Dragon is then put in charge of the Governor's security for a birthday ball he is throwing for his adopted daughter. Chun corroborates with a group of revolutionaries to implicate Dragon in a theft of the Governor's diamond pendant. Dragon is arrested. After the ball, Carina is kidnapped by agents of the Empress Dowager, who are working with Chun; they trap her in a wardrobe at Yesan's house. Yesan, Li, Ma, and Ho arrive. Li hides but ends up threatened by one of the imperial agents. Ma and Ho, who are handcuffed together, enter the bathroom. While they are in the bathroom, the commissioner arrives.

As Yesan hangs up his uniform, Ma and Ho see the keys to the handcuffs. They break free and hide under the bed, losing the key to the handcuffs. They see the Imperial Agents with Carina in the wardrobe. Then Yesan and the commissioner sit down to talk. The Commissioner demonstrates how to handcuff two people by handcuffing himself to the armchair but can not break free. Chun arrives to visit Yesan, and the commissioner hides under the bed, where he sees Ma and Ho. Yesan finally gets Chun to get out of her house, when Ma, Ho, Tung and Yesan defeat the Imperial agents. Eventually the Imperial Agents are arrested, the revolutionary chief escapes, and Dragon is handcuffed by Chun so that he can be brought to the main prison. Carina flees town with the help of the revolutionaries. Chun arranges for Dragon to be killed by a prison warden.

The pirates attack both Dragon and Chun with axes, but they are eventually driven off after the police show up. Dragon is handed over to the prison warden, tied up in a sack, and thrown into the sea. The revolutionaries save Dragon and take him back to their hideout above a medicine store, where they try to enlist him. Dragon refuses to actively help them, saying that he is just a Hong Kong cop. The head of the pirates falls sick, and the pirates enter the medicine store to ask for some herbs. Dragon intervenes and offers to pay for their medicine, causing the pirates to think much better of him.

The Imperial agents arrive and apprehend most of the revolutionaries, to gain possession of the black book. Dragon helps Yessan and Miss Pak escape while safeguarding the book. After a frantic run and fight scene, he defeats them with the help of the pirates. The Police Commissioner arrives with a huge police cohort and orders the arrest of Superintendent Chun, now fully aware Chun is trying to murder Dragon. Chun tries to run, but a large bamboo-and-wood stage facade falls on Chun while he attempts to retrieve his moneybag. Dragon, on order of the Commissioner, takes charge of the police.

During the end credits, a small vignette featuring Chan singing the theme song, appears above the credits roll.


Cast

  • Jackie Chan – Sergeant Dragon Ma
  • Maggie Cheung – Yesan / Maggie
  • Bill Tung – Chief Inspector / Chief Tung
  • Rosamund Kwan – Miss Pak
  • David Lam – Superintentant/Inspector Chun
  • Carina Lau – Carina / Beattie
  • Ray Lui – Mr. Man Tin-ching
  • Regina Kent – Regina, Governor’s daughter
  • Mars – Mars / Jaws
  • Kenny Ho – Shi King Ho
  • Božidar Smiljanić - Governor
  • Yao Lin Chen – Awesome Wolf
  • Chris Li – Mr. D (Ma's sidekick)
  • Fan Mei-sheng – Black Bear
  • Hoi Sang Lee – Choy
  • Tai Bo – Mr. B
  • John Cheung – Bodyguard
  • Chen Ti-ko – Python
  • Benny Lai – Pirate No.1
  • Rocky Lai – Pirate No.2
  • Johnny Cheung – Pirate No.3
  • Lai Sing-kong – Pirate No.4
  • Frankie Poon – Pirate No.5
  • Sun Wong – Sgt. Ching
  • Wan Fat – Wan Sam Mun
  • Len Wen-wei – Sung
  • Ben Lam – Brawns
  • Lo Wai-kwong – Brains
  • Anthony Chan – Cop #365
  • Nicky Li – Hotel Receptionist
  • Kwan Hoi-san – Chi
  • Lau Siu-ming – The Prince
  • Isabela Wong – Winnie Chi
  • Ricky Hui – Cop #364
  • Alan Chui Chung-San – Unknown Cop (Cameo)
  • Sammo Hung – Fei (Opening Credit Sequence)
  • Yuen Biao – Captain Tzu (Opening Credit Sequence)
  • Dick Wei – San Pau (cameo) (Opening Credit Sequence in film)

Production notes

  • Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao did not appear in the Project A sequel because they were shooting the film Eastern Condors (1987). Ben Lam, Kenny Ho and Chris Li appeared in both films.
  • The scene in Maggie's house is an homage to the scene in the 1935 Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera in which several characters were crammed into a small cabin on a ship. The scene in which the wall falls on Jackie but he escapes injury because he is standing exactly where the window of the wall lands is taken from Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr.. The handcuff sequence was inspired by a segment Jackie saw on the news magazine 60 Minutes.

Box office

At the Hong Kong box office, the film grossed HK$31,459,916 (US$4,034,357). In Taiwan, it was the fourth highest-grossing film of 1987, earning NT$19,936,980 (US$697,097).

In Japan, it was the sixth highest-grossing foreign film of 1987, earning ¥1.91 billion (US$13.2 million). In South Korea, it was the second highest-grossing film of 1984, with 176,273 ticket sales in Seoul City, equivalent to an estimated ₩616,956,000 (US$750,036). This adds up to an estimated total gross of approximately US$18,681,490 in East Asia.

The film was released in the Philippines by Asia Films Exchange as Super Fighter on 3 December 1987.


Reception

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 67% of six surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.5/10. David Beamish of DVDactive rated it 6/10 stars and recommended it to fans of the first film. J. Doyle Wallis of DVD Talk rated it 3.5/5 stars and called it "one of the better films in his resume, just not up to the likes of the original film that preceded it." Mike Pinsky of DVD Verdict called it a "time filler" for Chan that does not live up to the previous film.

Accolades

  • 1988 Hong Kong Film Awards Won: Best Action Choreography Nominated: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung)
  • Won: Best Action Choreography
  • Nominated: Best Film Editing (Peter Cheung)