Jackie Chan's First Strike

  • 1996
  • 1 HR 50 MIN
  • PG-13
  • Action, Crime, Martial Arts

Hong Kong's clown prince of knockabout action movies goes through his usual paces in this lean entry (trimmed from 110 minutes to 88) in the POLICE STORY series, a good-natured tale of rogue CIA agents, international arms sales and gleefully improbable martial-arts mayhem. Chan plays Jackie, a member of the Hong Kong police force who's drafted into a CIA...read more

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Hong Kong's clown prince of knockabout action movies goes through his usual paces in this lean entry (trimmed from 110 minutes to 88) in the POLICE STORY series, a good-natured tale of rogue CIA agents, international arms sales and gleefully improbable

martial-arts mayhem. Chan plays Jackie, a member of the Hong Kong police force who's drafted into a CIA operation in Ukraine, where double-agent Tsui (Jackson Lou) is shopping around a nuclear missile. Many complications later, Jackie finds himself in Australia, where Tsui's family lives: His

pretty sister (Chen Chen Wu) swims with the sharks at a local aquarium/water park and her ailing dad, Uncle Seven (Terry Woo), runs the local Chinatown gangs. Even in this cut-down incarnation, the picture still takes a while to get going: The first big action set piece -- involving Jackie, Tsui's

very angry family and a ladder -- is nearly an hour in. Fans will be happy to stick it out for the shenanigans at Uncle Seven's funeral, including Chan's stunts on stilts.

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