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Set against the backdrop of the international arms race, Chan portrays a Hong Kong police officer who is contracted by the CIA and a Russian intelligence organization to retrieve a stolen Ukrainian nuclear warhead. Action begins and the bullets fly as Chan tries to sort the good guys from the bad.

"Chan fans might notice that this badly dubbed film is a facile throwback to the kind of amateurish Chinese kung fu movies that infested the seventies. Long gone are the serious action sequences, and instead we have little more than a cartoonish parody that is self-mocking in an unintelligent way. Chan has considerable charm, and his use of facial expression is endearing --- to a point. In catering for American audiences, the Chan style has been softened. Australian audiences should shriek in disbelief at the ockerisms of the minute local characters, cliched rubbish from the 60s. There are some spectacular sequences to be sure, including a stunning take-off of James Bondís On Her Majestyís Secret Service, but itís all a bit ho hum. Chan fans may enjoy, but will probably wonder where the genuine action is. Somewhere along the line, it got lost in the dubbing."
Paul Fischer

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FIRST STRIKE (M)15+
(Hong Kong)

CAST: Jackie Chan, Chen Chun Wu, Jackson Lou, Bill Tung

DIRECTOR: Stanley Tong

PRODUCER: Barbie Tung

SCRIPT: Stanley Tong, Nick Tramontane, Greg Mellott, Elliot Tong

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jingle Ma

EDITOR: Peter Cheung, Chi Wai Yau

MUSIC: J. Peter Robinson

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Oliver Wong

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes



AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 17, 1997







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