Shiver me timbers! Project A (1983) comes ashore at the Cinéma de la Plage. Directed by Jackie Chan, the movie shows another side of the actor who has become a worldwide star thanks to US productions such as the Rush Hour trilogy and Shanghai Kid.
Jackie Chan is known above all for his mastery of kung fu, his mischievous air and the daredevil stunts that earned him the title of the man with a thousand fractures. Yet behind the scenes, Jackie Chan is a movie powerhouse with a multitude of strings to his bow. As a producer and screenwriter, he has a hundred or so films to his credit. Since 1979, he has directed eighteen feature films overflowing with energy, combining the extreme precision of martial arts with broad comedy, like those that later made him famous around the world.
Jackie Chan is often the hero of his films. In Project A, he plays Dragon, a disillusioned coast-guard who quits his job in disgust at the inability of the authorities to put a stop to piracy. He decides to go it alone and takes up the combat against a network supplying arms to the pirates.
Shooting one scene of this movie nearly cost Jackie Chan his life. During a spectacular fall, he crashed through all of the safety nets that were supposed to slow him down. More shaken than actually injured, he typically decided to include the scene in the final cut.
Project A will be screened at the Cinéma de la Plage on Friday 18 May at 21h30.