‘A’ gai wak
Hong Kong, 1983
Cantonese, English and Czech subtitles
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao
Distributor: Fortune Star Media
Not many things in popular movies can compare to the escapades of Hong Kong star duo, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. Project A is their collaboration and a somewhat forgotten masterpiece which remains overshadowed by their more popular work. They are both in the best physical shape and at the peak of creativity, and fearlessly pull the most incredible and heart-stopping stunts. This historical tale from the 19th century is a fantastic comedy and shows close-to-perfect staging of action scenes.
Project A is like browsing an encyclopaedia that displays many sophisticated ways of using scenes and human bodies for viewers’ entertainment. Chan’s and Hung’s acting and directing collaboration is at the very top of action cinematography that even Buster Keaton could be proud of.