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Plot: Hong Kong cop Chan Ka-Kui returns, working with Interpol to track down and arrest an illegal weapons dealer. Chan later realizes that things are not as simple as they appear and soon finds himself to be a pawn of an organization posing as Russian intelligence.
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A nice introduction to Jackie Chan
If you’ve never seen a Jackie Chan film before, this is a good place to start. I speak from experience, for it is the first film of his that I saw. I must warn you, though: his films are not for everyone. The plots are often pedestrian and sometimes incoherent. They also are usually dubbed, making them seem cheesy. Sometimes I describe him to people as a guilty pleasure, but that may give the wrong impression. What Chan does well is sheer genius. Plot is besides the point. It’s not what his films are about.
What, then, are they about? It’s hard to put into words. You may have heard him described as a martial artist, a stuntman, and a slapstick comedian. None of those descriptions do him justice. I could add that he’s something of an acrobat and gymnast, but even that doesn’t sum it up. There is no actor he can be compared to, for his style is unique; it’s like he’s developed his own art form. These are not “fighting films” in a traditional sense. They’re more like the types of acts you might see at a circus, involving props used in astonishing ways and depending on careful choreography and exquisite timing. For example, at one point in this film Chan flips and twirls a heavy stepladder like it was a baton, then sets it down and weaves his own body through the rungs, while fending off attacks from a group of men.
Typically in his films, the acts he performs get increasingly formidable as the film progresses, culminating in some large-scale stunt such as him leaping off a building. But even the little things he does are eye-popping. In this film he’s constantly climbing walls with an agility reminiscent of Donald O’Connor. You never know what to expect, for he does different things in each film.
Well, at least that once was the case. Since “Rush Hour,” his 1998 American blockbuster, his stunts have become less intricate, and he’s begun repeating ideas. It may be that he’s getting older, but it also may be that he’s moved from Hong Kong to Hollywood. Undoubtedly the recent films have more polish and better production values, which has helped make them accessible to a wider audience. But his earlier work is so full of invention that I’m able to overlook formula plots, bad acting, and cheesy humor. I do have my limits. A few of his films–“The Protector” comes to mind–are so badly done that it doesn’t matter that they have cool fight sequences. His films need some measure of competence to work. They are more than a series of routines strung together.
Part of what makes them charming is Chan himself. He is a pretty solid actor compared to some of the leading American action stars, capable of conveying a full range of emotions convincingly. He is particularly good at expressing panic. The character he plays is not your standard tough-guy. He is frequently an inferior fighter to those he confronts. When hit, he grimaces in pain. When faced with the opportunity, he runs. He survives by a mixture of quick wits and luck. He is far more a throwback to Keaton and Chaplin than a martial arts master.
Of course, I won’t call this film or any other by Chan a masterpiece. Perhaps I’m too conventional. If the purpose of films is to entertain, his succeed brilliantly. Whether they appeal to you depends on your taste, but one thing you cannot do is claim he’s untalented. It may not be a talent you’re used to, but it’s one that’s likely to remain unparalleled.
Jackie Chan is licensed to thrill.
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.
Original Language cn
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min), 1 hr 23 min (83 min) (USA)
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Stanley Tong
Writer Greg Mellott, Elliot Tong, Stanley Tong, Nick Tramontane
Actors Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Annie Wu, Bill Tung
Country Hong Kong
Awards 2 wins & 9 nominations.
Production Company New Line Cinema
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS (US version)
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL4, Technovision Anamorphic Lenses, Arriflex 35 III, Technovision Anamorphic Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panastar II, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory Atlab Film Laboratory Service, Queensland, Australia, Cine Art Laboratory Ltd., Hong Kong, Cinevex Film Laboratory, Australia
Film Length 2,346 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic), Technovision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm