While the story Chan tells in his movie is relatively complicated, it would be a mistake to think that the narrative usually does much more than provide excuses for each of the numerous action sequences which constitute the bulk of the film. In fact, Project A is absolutely filled with fights, chases, and various acrobatic feats. At different times, Chan gets involved in a bar brawl, does battle with armies of gangsters, fights a savage, sword wielding pirate captain, attempts to escape from his enemies through the narrow side streets of Hong Kong on a stolen bicycle, hangs above a square while holding onto the hands of a clock set in a tall tower, and so on and so on. Each of these sequences is so marvelously choreographed and brilliantly performed that they are all delightful to watch. Chan, in particular, shows his usual considerable skills at such feats, although his fellow cast members all deserve credit as well.
I will admit that the movie may not be the most sophisticated ever to have been made, and it may occasionally be more than a little amorphous, but it is so constantly fun and exciting that such faults are easily forgiven. To be honest, it is hard to believe that anyone would watch Project A for anything other than its action sequences. The person who does come to the movie hoping for a series of exciting fights and chases will, however, almost certainly enjoy Project A. It really is a fun film.
Review by Keith Allen
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