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Police Story 4: First Strike (1996)

Ging chaat goo si 4: Ji gaan daan yam mo (original title)
This installment of Chan's Police Story film franchise has our hero trying to locate a missing nuclear warhead.

Director:

Stanley Tong
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Cast

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

Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan's First Strike See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,778,933, 12 January 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,318,863
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (US version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last Movie Appearance of Bill Tung See more »

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After Jackie meets up with Annie with the security guards at the elevator, the security guard talking on the walkie-talkie says that they are on the top floor, but after Jackie pushes both guards into the elevator, you clearly see the elevator going up, clearly indicating there is at least one more floor. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Uncle Bill: When you get back, write a report which is detailed and simple, starting from the beginning.
Jackie: Huh?
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes of the stunts that went wrong, injuries and funny scenes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The US release was cut by approximately 20+ minutes from the original Hong Kong version. Many video/DVD releases are based on this cut version (ie. UK and Germany). See more »

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References Alexander Nevsky (1938) See more »

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Jackie Chan is licensed to thrill.
29 May 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee 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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