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Who Am I? (1998)

Ngo si seoi (original title)
A secret agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by a number of other agency operatives, but he has no idea why.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Michelle Ferre ...
Christine Stark
Mirai Yamamoto ...
Yuki
Ron Smerczak ...
Morgan
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General Sherman
Ton Pompert ...
CIA Chairman (as Tom Pompert)
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CIA Secretary (as Gloria Simon)
Fred van Ditmarsch ...
Airforce (as Johan van Ditmarsch)
Fritz Krommenhoek ...
Navy
Dick Rienstra ...
Army
Rinaldo van Ommeren ...
Army Assistant
Pim Daane ...
Marine
Jeremiah Flemming ...
Marine Assistant
Neil Berger ...
Secretary
Dik Brinksma ...
NAT Security Officer
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Storyline

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone array. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. Written by commanderblue

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Fight now. Ask questions later.


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Rated PG-13 for martial arts action violence | See all certifications »

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17 January 1998 (Hong Kong)  »

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SGD 3,470,000 (Singapore)
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Trivia

In the rooftop fight scene, 'Bradly James Allan' doubled for Ron Smoorenburg's footwork. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie runs away after getting the computer disk, his clothes change back to those he was wearing before he changed into the company uniform. See more »

Quotes

Who Am I?: Why do you want to destroy life, when you can make it better?
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Crazy Credits

In the tradition of every Jackie Chan film, outtakes appear under the end credits. All of Jackie's outtakes involve bloopers only. The only injury on the outtakes is a stunt driver being brought out on a stretcher. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Mission: Impossible (1996) See more »

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Ya Kuo Hu Di Ren (A Man in the Past)
Written by Lam Si
Performed by Emil Chow Wah-Kin
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One of Chan's most fun flicks.
16 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

*** out of ****

Despite boasting one of the silliest non-horror titles I've heard, Who Am I? is one of Jackie Chan's best movies. No, seriously. This straight-to-cable release deserved a better fate than it received, for it's really a funny, exciting popcorn martial arts action flick that's truer to the Jackie Chan we all know and love than most of his other recent theatrically released films (The Shanghai series, the Rush Hour flicks, The Tuxedo, and The Medallion). There's no wise-cracking, smart-mouthed partner, and even better, no magical powers and/or costumes that require the extensive use of wirework. Who Am I? is old-fashioned Chan with a slicker look and higher production values.

The plot's more of the same usual nonsense, but with a slightly more paranoid edge. Chan stars as a secret agent who loses his memory after falling from a helicopter. He's adopted by an African tribe who dubs him WhoamI, because those are the first words he says. After learning their culture and language, he eventually leaves to discover his real identity and his past. But what do you know, just as soon as he's reached a city, everybody's looking to kill him and he's stuck with an annoying reporter (Michelle Ferre) who isn't all that she says she is.

Who Am I? boasts the usual flaws of a Jackie Chan flick. The plot's inconsequential, the acting's atrocious, and the dialogue is painful to listen to. Jackie even delivers a `violence and greed is bad' speech to the villains; word of advice, Jackie: if you're going to deliver such a goofy-sounding (and somewhat naïve) statement, you should make certain you've got the strong plot to back it up in the first place. The only thing that generally separates the quality of Chan's Hong Kong work is the quantity and quality of the action and humor. In this case, the first half is admittedly somewhat slow, but peppered with a few genuinely funny, if not also rather silly, moments that keeps the film from bogging down.

I could have done entirely without Michelle Ferre, whose awful performance ranks as one of the worst I've ever seen. Not only is she unconvincing as a journalist, but the movie goes on to reveal that she's actually a CIA agent! Her presence does little more than hinder Jackie's usual charms and provides the plot with a deus ex machine resolution.

But the rest of the stuff is mostly bearable enough to get into the action. There are three major fight scenes, the early one with Jackie handcuffed behind his back is pretty nifty, but also a tad short. The battle in the city streets is innovative and there's a wild car chase, too. But the entire selling point of the picture is its climactic ten-minute two-on-one martial arts battle, which is elaborate, thrilling, and quite cleverly humorous. This is probably the best pure fight scene I've seen in any of Jackie Chan's films and goes a long way in making some of the earlier flaws forgivable.


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