Chan's pirate adventure forgoes an interesting political subtext in favor of a typically engaging blend of intricately choreographed action & slapstick. Many cite the Harold Lloyd clock tower fall as a highlight, but really it's a film chock-full of jaw-dropping sequences; the brawl at the nightclub, the bicycle chase through the streets, etc. A perfect balance between Hong Kong action & classic Hollywood influences.
A lot of wild, crazy and dangerous stunts with perfect timing (like the brilliant bicycle sequence) keep the film going. But the dialogues are - maybe dependent on the English synchronization - sometimes too silly and stupid ... even for a comedy.
One of the many great works of Chan's career, this simple tale of pirates, police, & coast guard corruption is fun & exciting. From the bicycle chase, bar fight, & clock tower sequence, Chan continues to pay homage to silent comedy masters like Keaton & Lloyd. The U.S. version killed it for me, cutting out scenes & inserting horrible dubbing. Hopefully seeing the original cut will improve my thoughts on this classic.
You don't watch this movie for it's amazing acting or compelling story and characters. You watch this movie for Jackie Chan and his jaw dropping stunt work. If you are a fan of his work this is a must see! As a film fan I loved the reference to Harold Loyd's Safety Last! (1923). On a side note I don't think I've ever heard worse dubbing in my life! This is a fun action film that is unfortunately a tad forgettable.