over from a corrupt officer, Dragon Ma is placed in charge of the
ramshackle Chow-Tau district Police Station following his successful
return from the South China Seas.
To make matters worse, San-Pao's last remaining hatchetmen are also
bent on revenge, having witnessed the destruction of their leader
at the hands of Ma.
Life is never easy for the early 20th century super-cop, and with
a group of revolutionaries also plotting to use Ma for their own
gain, things come to a head in a finale where double-crossing is
the name of the game.
Eschewing the talents of Sammo Hung
and Yuen Biao, Jackie Chan decided to
go it alone for his follow up to the hugely successful Project
Trying to top the brilliance of Project A was never going to be
easy, but casting aside the main focus of that production - the
Chan, Biao and Hung relationship - was a fatal mistake.
Sadly, in his attempt to become the main attraction, Chan overcomplicates
the plot and underplays the martial artistry.
Aside from the superb battle with Chan Wai-Man, gone are the tightly
choreographed set-pieces of Part 1, leaving Chan to keep the audience
entertained with his stunts and comedy routines.
Whilst this is no bad thing, it does become frustrating to constantly
see Chan prefer to play the fall-guy, instead of using his renowned
The film, containing a plethora of cameos, is bolstered by the star
turn of Bill Tung.
However, the majority of the cast are criminally under-used, flitting
in and out of the picture.
Maggie Cheung and Rosamund
Kwan are both reduced to the "Rescue Me" roles that
Chan seems to adore, and both deserve far better.
As a whole, the film is a fun, light-hearted action-comedy, with
just enough of both to still keep it entertaining after all these
To my eyes, the transfer
seems to be vertically squashed ever so slightly, resulting in all
of the actors appearing rather squat. I've tried to compare this
with the Theatrical Trailer, and that has only bolstered my feelings.
It's not enough to make it glaringly obvious, but I certainly was
aware of it after the first few minutes.
Transfer-wise, this is an at times impressive and at others very
disappointing image which may be due to the source materials provided
to HKL than anything else.
Many scenes feature a grainy, hazy effect with a soft-looking image,
whilst others offer a crisp and highly detailed picture.
This wouldn't be quite so intrusive if it weren't for the fact that
these extremes display themselves from one scene to another.
The same must be said for the black levels - a washed out bluey
colour at times, whilst at others deep and solid. Colour reproduction
is similarly schizophrenic.
Regardless of whether these inconsistencies are down to HKL or the
source print, it really makes no difference at the end of the day
- The picture quality is good throughout, but nothing more.
separation and a few muffled sound effects are the only downsides
to this almost totally centre-focused soundtrack.
As with Mega Star's DVD, the score which accompanies the final credits
is incomplete, with an instrumental section replacing Chan's singing.
The English soundtrack is also NOT the original dub.
a number of very obvious mistranlations appear within the first
10 minutes, and while the general standard of subbing is good, basic
errors are still disheartening to see.
standard, and fairly unimaginative, menus are seen throughout.
At times, it can also be difficult to see which option you're highlighting.
UK Promo Trailer
Original Theatrical Trailer - Working like a mini behind-the-scenes
feature, the theatrical trailer is well worth a few minutes of your
This 20 minute interview offers many interesting insights and stories.
Whilst giving little information pertaining to the film itself,
Wai-Man is still a fascinating interviewee, speaking of his admiration
for Bruce Lee among other things.
A welcome change from HKL's interviews, sees Bey Logan dissect the
films stunt work with the help of Jackie's long-standing stuntman
Whilst the depth of the interview could be greater, it does give
some interesting behind the scenes information.
A commentary featuring Bey's usual jokes, huge depth of knowledge
and intelligent observations.
their superb Platinum release of Project
A was never going to be an easy task for HKL, particularly as
its sequel is a far weaker film. Unfortunately, so is their DVD.
A required rental, yes, but HKL's latest Project deserves no better
than a C+.