Friday, August 12, 2016

Jackie Chan's First Strike (1996)

Original title: Ging Chaat Goo si 4: Ji Gaan Daan Yam Mo

Director: Stanley Tong

Writers: Greg Mellott, Elliot Tong, Stnaley Tong, Nick Tramontane

Composers: J. Peter Robinson (US version), Nathan Wang

Starring:  Jackie Chan, Jackson Liu, Annie Wu, Bill Tung, Yuriy Petrov, Nonna Grishaeva, John Eaves, Terry Woo, Krostopher Kazmarek

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Jackie Chan fights for America in his biggest action film ever.

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.

How could you say 'no' to that face on the poster?  You can't.  Well, at least I can't.  I love this guy and no matter how goofy one of his movies might be, I cut him some slack because his movies are generally lots of fun.  The showpiece in this one is the ladder fight.  I'm always amazed at how creative Jackie is.  With a physical talent like that the story doesn't matter that much.  This flick, like a lot of his bigger budget action spectaculars has him all over the place from a big snowboard chase, to jumping around the edge of a high-rise building to an underwater fight that ultimately gets a shark involved to jumping a car onto a moving boat.  And how about those end credits bloopers?  I love that shit.  The only extra on the New Line snapcase DVD  is the theatrical trailer.  That and the print are anamorphic widescreen.

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