This was another key Hong Kong movie for the multi-hyphenate. Once again Chan starred, directed, acted and risked his life in the stuntwork, and the 1900s-set movie demonstrates his affection for period fare.
Chan plays the leader of a group of marine police dealing with a pirate threat, but really this is just another excuse for him to let rip with more innovatively choreographed action and perfectly timed pratfalls.
Chan suffered badly on a stunt that required him to hang from a clock tower before falling 60 feet through two canopies, breaking five ribs and injuring his head. He then reattempted the same stunt, breaking his nose and tearing a ligament in his neck. Nutcase.