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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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This installment of Chan's Police Story series has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead.

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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>

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

In the ski chase scene when the helicopter drops its second load of soldiers, the one on the right drops off, stumbles, and falls just before the scene cuts away. See more »

Quotes

Chan Ka Kui: [phone call] Uncle Bill! I'm calling you right now from Australia and I'm having a great time! I'm talking to you while enjoying my great view. Wow! Working for the FSB is great. I have a sauna, swimming pool, and jacuzzi. Oh, wait a second. My koala bear just came out.
Uncle Bill: [on the other end of the call] What? You mean in your hotel room? It's only a toy, right?
Chan Ka Kui: No. It's the real thing!
[hands the phone to the koala bear]
Chan Ka Kui: Say hi to Uncle Bill.
[takes the phone back]
Chan Ka Kui: He's too shy. Don't hang up.
Hong Kong Policeman: [...]
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Supercop (2011) See more »

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Jackie Chan is licensed to thrill.
29 May 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Part 4 of the Police Story series sees Jackie Chan's agile Hong Kong police inspector Chan Ka Kui become embroiled in James Bond-style international espionage after he is given the seemingly simple task of following beautiful suspect Natasha to Ukraine. When Natasha is abducted at the airport, Chan sets off in hot pursuit only to discover that she is involved with international arms dealers and the sale of a nuclear warhead.

First Strike was made in the mid 90s, a transitional period for Jackie Chan, who was priming himself for his big move to the US. In order to broaden the star's appeal with the Western market, this one has a much more international flavour than many of his earlier films, with the action skipping round the globe, from Hong Kong to Ukraine to Russia and, finally, to Australia. The film is also less focused on pure martial arts mayhem, with more in the way of straight forward Hollywood style stunt-filled action, but when the kung fu does happen it is extremely well handled, with Jackie displaying his usual athleticism, impeccable timing, and flair for physical comedy.

The rather messy plot and occasionally slow pacing prevents First Strike from being a bona fide Chan classic, but there is still plenty of inventive stuff to make this one a whole lot of fun, best bits being a wonderful fight scene in which Chan uses a stepladder as a weapon, an exhilarating ski chase down a mountain, some underwater shenanigans with sharks, and a scrap with two Russian man-mountains that involves Chan making a vertiginous leap onto a narrow ledge of a high-rise building.


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