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Project S (Chao ji ji hua) (1993)

  Directed by: Stanley Tong
Written by: Mok Tang Han, Sui Lai Kang, Stanley Tong
Starring: Emil Chau, Athena Chu, Michelle Yeoh, Rongguang Yu
Links: Project S on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Michelle Yeoh is an action queen!" - a review by timchuma

When Officer Hua (Michelle Yeoh) manages to beat up the terrorists and save the hostages by the time the opening credits finish, you know you are in for a good film.

She receives a commendation from the Public Security Officer for her efforts, but not a pay rise, something that her friend Feung Cheung says she deserves. Hua says she is happy just serving the public.

Cheung tells her he is thinking of going to Hong Kong from China to work. When a business associate of his shows up to give him his visa, Hua is annoyed as he had already made up his mind and he didn't need to discuss it with her.

When he leaves the next day however, she changes her mind and after rushing to the train station, she just misses telling him goodbye as the train leaves.

Some time later in Hong Kong, while May is celebrating her birthday with her brother (who is a HK Police Officer) and Bill (yes, the one from the Police Story (1985) movies), there is a robbery of a security company accross the road and a shootout takes place with the police.

As a Chinese gang is suspected of the robbery, Officer Hua is called in to help with the investigation. She is also supposed to be only an observer (Yeah, like that going to stop her kicking in some heads).

The two officers investigating the robbery (one of whom is May's brother), decide to question a local crook and Hua persuades them to let them take her along.

Down at the harbour, they spot the crook getting off a boat with a man carrying a suspicious-looking golf bag, so they decide to follow them.

Back at the gang's hideout, we learn that Feung Cheung is the leader and that they are planning something big with the aid of a foreign big-wig.

As he is pretty smart, Feung realises that their hideout has been discovered when he sees three undercover cops outside acting suspiciously (they are watching the building he is in and Office Hua is reading a porno (true!)).

The three police officers decide not to wait for backup and raid the place, not knowing the gang has machine guns and explosives. During the course of their escape, Feung sees Officer Hua and tries not to shoot her while he is escaping, which he does by jumping from the roof onto a passing bus. Officer Hua just jumps from the roof and only just misses catching him (she doesn't know who he is though).

The result of the raid is that one of the gang is killed and the explosives expert (who is needed for their upcoming job) is captured.

One of the police officers in charge of the investigation questions the explosives expert, but the only answer he gets is a head butt, so of course he beats him up.

After seeing her during the raid, Feung decides to go see Hua at the police station and they leave to catch up. During this time, Hua tells him about the case she is working on and Feung agrees to help her by talking to the suspect they have in custody, as he knows him from when they were in the army. (It also gives Feung a chance to arrange to get him out.)

The explosives expert escapes and having the police closing in rapidly, Feung agrees to go ahead with the big job for the foreign big-wig, which turns out to be nothing less than robbing the Hong Kong Savings Bank...

This sort of follows on from Police Story 3 (1992) (Police Story 4: First Strike (1996) is the real sequel), and is a very action-packed film, as you would expect as it was produced by 'The Stuntman Company'. Michelle Yeoh is excellent in it and the stunts she does are amazing.

timchuma gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 4 Feb 2005

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Reader comments

  1. this a review or recount of the plot? yeah...bad writing

    A comment from Finn on Sat 05 Feb 2005 13:22 #

  2. hi, im a regular reader and i think that Finn has a point. Your review has far to many spoilers and is not a critcal review of the film - its just a plot summery. Dont let down this great site!

    A comment from Aka. on Sat 05 Feb 2005 15:47 #

  3. HEY guys give him a go. Hes probably only 15 or something. Learning the ropes!

    A comment from !amanda! on Sat 05 Feb 2005 16:48 #

  4. If you all like complaining so much why don't you try reviewing 100 Hong Kong movies yourself. For months and months I sat in the Chinatown Cinema in Melbourne by myself and watched all these movies before Quentin Tarantino even had any idea for Kill Bill.

    A comment from nofreelist's own timchuma on Mon 07 Feb 2005 09:01 #

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