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Project A 2 Review


Grim
In this 1987 chopsocker, Jackie Chan returns as Dragon Mao, a supercop who, just back from his adventures in Project A, discovers corruption in the police force. He's then framed for a crime and ends up battling both cops and robbers to clear his name and bring the true evildoers to justice.

Unfortunately, former sidekick Sammo Hung is absent this time around, and there are far fewer fights to be had. The cool stuntwork doesn't come out until the final 15 minutes, but by then I was honestly too bored to perk up. The rest of the film is just much less inventive than its predecessor, proving Project A 2 to be a vanity knockoff for Chan, who was busy directing every action film he could get his hands on. Chan would go on to make much better movies with a more impressive sense of humor later, but A 2 qualifies for little better than a C-.

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Dragon Lord Review


OK
Another typically serious-meets-silly entry into Jackie Chan's body of work, Dragon Lord covers the twin issues of stolen Chinese artifacts and bizarre Chinese team sports. The latter is the more interesting part of the movie, beginning with a rugby-like game that has hundreds of competitors climbing a rickety bamboo cone to grab a ball on top. Later, Chan and pals engage in a cross between soccer, badminton, and hacky sack. None of it has anything to do with the threadbare plot, but it's great eye candy. Chan's stunts take a back seat, however, to ridiculous humor, such as two guys trying to conceal their urinating into a stream from nearby children.

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