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WHO AM I?

SYNOPSIS:
After a bungled operation to recover a team of scientists and a meteor containing extraordinary energy-producing potential, CIA agent Jackie Chan (Jackie Chan) wakes up in a South African village with amnesia. After learning native ways and becoming known as Whoami, Jackie meets rally car driver Yuki (Murai Yamamoto) and journalist Christine (Michelle Ferre) who help him recover his memory. The trail leads to Rotterdam and a showdown with CIA chief Morgan (Ron Smerczac) who masterminded the capture of the scientists and the valuable space-rock for an international criminal consortium.

"Jackie Chan converts probably won't complain, but there's a hollow feel to Who Am I which is only partially salvaged by Jackie's jaw-dropping action stunts. Things don't bode well from the start with an extremely cheesy car explosion and half an hour in the village where the low-jinks reminded me of Terence Hill and Bud Spencer in I'm For The Hippopotamus. Things pick up when he hits the big city for some exciting car chases and fist fights but it still lags badly during the breaks. A big part of the problem are the woeful performances of Michelle Ferre and Murai Yamamoto who look set to join the long list of Chan co-stars (Maggie Cheung and Michelle Yeoh being notable exceptions) who come out of nowhere and go straight back there. Although the non-Asian actors are at least adequate in their roles (a major improvement on Jackie's other films) it's annoying that many of them have been replaced by those dreadful voices which you only hear in dubbed films (are they real or is there a machine doing it?). There are compensations, including a free fall down a building in Rotterdam, a nifty clog fight sequence and a finale in which most of the Dutch army turns up as extras but overall it's a letdown and I was even thankful this was the cut-down 100 minute version and not the 117 minute original."
Richard Kuipers



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WHO AM I? (M)
(Hong Kong)

CAST: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamanoto, Ron Smerczak, Ed Nelson, Tom Pompert, Yannick Mbli, Washington Sixolo

DIRECTOR: Jackie Chan

PRODUCER: Barbie Tung

SCRIPT: Jackie Chan

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Poon Hang Sang

EDITOR: Peter Cheung, Yau Chi Wai

MUSIC: Nathan Wang

ART DIRECTOR: Oliver Wong

RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 18, 1999







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