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Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996)
"Ging chaat goo si 4: Ji gaan daan yam mo" (original title)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jackson Liu ...
Jackson Tsui (as Jackson Lou)
Annie Wu ...
Annie Tsui (as Chen Chun Wu)
Bill Tung ...
Yuriy Petrov ...
Col. Gregor Yegorov (as Jouri Petrov)
Nonna Grishaeva ...
Natasha (as Grishajeva Nonna)
John Eaves ...
Mark
Terry Woo ...
Uncle Seven
Kristopher Kazmarek ...
Cmdr. Korda (as Kristoff Kaczmarek)
Ailen Sit ...
Golden Dragon Club Member
Man-Ching Chan ...
Golden Dragon Club Member
Rocky Lai ...
Golden Dragon Club Member
Chan Wai To ...
Golden Dragon Club Member
Brett Arthur ...
Hit Man
Mark French ...
Hit Man
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Storyline

Jackie, a cop, participates in a sting operation on an international spy-ring. But when one of them (Tsui) gets away, Jackie is ordered to apprehend him. This leads Jackie all over the globe starting with Tsui's sister in Australia. The story follows him as he tries to stay alive and capture the villain. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Jackie Chan fights for America in his biggest action film ever. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for plentiful action/violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,778,933 (USA) (10 January 1997)

Gross:

$14,511,338 (USA) (21 February 1997)
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Trivia

Since Annie Wu didn't speak Cantonese at that time (she was just learning the language), all of her scenes and those of Uncle Seven and his family (including Jackson Lau) were done in Mandarin. Thus, most of this film was shot in Mandarin, not Cantonese. See more »

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[last lines]
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Jackie: Huh?
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A nice introduction to Jackie Chan
14 October 2005 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

If you've never seen a Jackie Chan film before, this is a good place to start. I speak from experience, for it is the first film of his that I saw. I must warn you, though: his films are not for everyone. The plots are often pedestrian and sometimes incoherent. They also are usually dubbed, making them seem cheesy. Sometimes I describe him to people as a guilty pleasure, but that may give the wrong impression. What Chan does well is sheer genius. Plot is besides the point. It's not what his films are about.

What, then, are they about? It's hard to put into words. You may have heard him described as a martial artist, a stuntman, and a slapstick comedian. None of those descriptions do him justice. I could add that he's something of an acrobat and gymnast, but even that doesn't sum it up. There is no actor he can be compared to, for his style is unique; it's like he's developed his own art form. These are not "fighting films" in a traditional sense. They're more like the types of acts you might see at a circus, involving props used in astonishing ways and depending on careful choreography and exquisite timing. For example, at one point in this film Chan flips and twirls a heavy stepladder like it was a baton, then sets it down and weaves his own body through the rungs, while fending off attacks from a group of men.

Typically in his films, the acts he performs get increasingly formidable as the film progresses, culminating in some large-scale stunt such as him leaping off a building. But even the little things he does are eye-popping. In this film he's constantly climbing walls with an agility reminiscent of Donald O'Connor. You never know what to expect, for he does different things in each film.

Well, at least that once was the case. Since "Rush Hour," his 1998 American blockbuster, his stunts have become less intricate, and he's begun repeating ideas. It may be that he's getting older, but it also may be that he's moved from Hong Kong to Hollywood. Undoubtedly the recent films have more polish and better production values, which has helped make them accessible to a wider audience. But his earlier work is so full of invention that I'm able to overlook formula plots, bad acting, and cheesy humor. I do have my limits. A few of his films--"The Protector" comes to mind--are so badly done that it doesn't matter that they have cool fight sequences. His films need some measure of competence to work. They are more than a series of routines strung together.

Part of what makes them charming is Chan himself. He is a pretty solid actor compared to some of the leading American action stars, capable of conveying a full range of emotions convincingly. He is particularly good at expressing panic. The character he plays is not your standard tough-guy. He is frequently an inferior fighter to those he confronts. When hit, he grimaces in pain. When faced with the opportunity, he runs. He survives by a mixture of quick wits and luck. He is far more a throwback to Keaton and Chaplin than a martial arts master.

Of course, I won't call this film or any other by Chan a masterpiece. Perhaps I'm too conventional. If the purpose of films is to entertain, his succeed brilliantly. Whether they appeal to you depends on your taste, but one thing you cannot do is claim he's untalented. It may not be a talent you're used to, but it's one that's likely to remain unparalleled.


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