Like many Jackie Chan vehicles, PROJECT A PART 2 is just as enjoyable even if seen in a non-English version. With a few exceptions, the plot simply serves to space out stunt and action scenes that are among the best--and funniest--Chan has ever done.
PROJECT A PART 2 begins at the ending of its predecessor, as survivors of the pirate band vow revenge on Sergeant Dragon Mao (Jackie Chan). Back in Hong Kong, officials seek to reduce the power of corrupt Police Superintendent Chun (David Lam) by giving command of one of his districts to Dragon.
Finding his new police force riddled with corruption, Dragon sends a message by arresting a criminal leader who has been spreading large sums in bribe money.
Determined to regain his territory, Chun hires a group of revolutionaries to discredit Dragon. At a party held by the British governor of Hong Kong, a valuable necklace is stolen and planted on Dragon. When he attempts to apprehend the thief, he himself is arrested. Instead of taking him to jail,
Chun's men bind Dragon and throw him into the water. He is rescued by the revolutionaries, who regret having helped frame an honest policeman. The pirates also have a change of heart toward Dragon after he helps them buy medicine for their ailing leader.
Spies from mainland China use Chun to infiltrate the revolutionary gang. They lure the revolutionaries and Dragon to a meat processing plant, where they try to kill Dragon and seize a book containing the names of every member of the revolutionary party. But Dragon escapes and, after a frantic
series of chases, arrests Chun and the spies.
PROJECT A PART 2 suffers slightly for the lack of Chan's comrades-in-arms Sammo Hung and Yuen Baio, who were an integral part of the first PROJECT A. But in every other way, this is a superior sequel. Working with a budget that was ten times that of the standard Hong Kong film, Chan took every
chance to push himself to the limit. The detailed sets, which recreate late 19th century Hong Kong in exquisite detail, have been used in numerous films since. As if anyone cares about the sets in a Jackie Chan movie!
PROJECT A PART 2 consists primarily of three extended action sequences, all heavily influenced by Chan's study of silent comedy (particularly the movies of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd). The first features most of the cast, for reasons that are too complicated to explain, trying to hide from
each other in the house of the character played by Maggie Cheung. It's a splendidly contrived scene, but it so carefully uses the widescreen format that the impact is decimated on non-letterboxed video. Fortunately, the other scenes survive: a sequence in which Dragon flees a quartet of
hatchet-throwing pirates while handcuffed to Chun (featuring split-second timing that is simply astonishing), and the finale, an extended chase through Hong Kong's warehouse district. Aside from the usual hair-raisingly dangerous physical stunts Chan undertakes in the interest of verisimilitude,
there's a very funny bit in which Dragon battles his pursuers by chomping a fistful of hellaciously hot peppers and then spitting in their faces, and a replay of the famous gag from Keaton's STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (1928), in which Dragon escapes being crushed by a falling wall only by the fortuitous
placement of a not very large window.
The only complaint one can have of PROJECT A PART 2 is that it ends much too abruptly--one needs a little decompression time to adjust to the slower pace of reality. As usual, outtakes of failed stunts are shown under the end credits, along with an inset of Chan performing the end song.
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- Released: 1988
- Rating: NR
- Review: Like many Jackie Chan vehicles, PROJECT A PART 2 is just as enjoyable even if seen in a non-English version. With a few exceptions, the plot simply serves to space out stunt and action scenes that are among the best--and funniest--Chan has ever done. PROJ… (more)