Jackie Chan’s First Strike is the 1996 Hong Kong action film starring Jackie Chan, Jackson Lou, Wu Chen-chun and Bill Tung and written and directed by Stanley Tong. Jackie (Jackie Chan) is a Hong Kong cop who works for the CIA to take down an international arms dealer. The assignment takes him from Hong Kong, to Ukraine, to Russia and finally to Australia.
Jackie Chan’s First Strike opens with Jackie (Jackie Chan), a Hong Kong cop, working on a case for the CIA. After he reports on his findings, he is given the job of following a girl named Natasha (Grishajeva Nonna) to the Ukraine. Shortly after landing, Jackie watches as Natasha is taken away by several armed men in Army uniforms. Jackie follows the group in a taxi. He watches an exchange take place in which a new and mysterious player is introduced. At the end of the meeting, he gets in the strangers van. The next time the van stops is at a ski resort in the mountains. There Jackie calls for help and is told to pursue the man who happens to be Tsui (Jackson Lou), a Chinese American with CIA links. He chases the Tsui on snowmobile into a restricted area to a cabin in the woods. Help in the form of Ukrainian troops arrives, but run into a trap. Jackie and Tsui escape the area together and are chased by the would be buyers of the contents of Tsui’s briefcase. Tsui gets away while Jackie ends up nearly dead after falling into a partially frozen lake. The bad guys get away with the briefcase.
Jackie wakes up in a Russian hospital after being rescued. When he wakes up, he meets Colonel Gregor Yegorov (Jouri Petrov) who tells him what happened and what the current situation is. They go to Moscow and meet with the FSB where he is assigned to work with Gregor as they happen to be working on the same case involving smuggled nuclear weapons. They are put on a Russian submarine headed for Brisbane, Australia. Jackie seeks out Tsui’s sister, Annie (Wu Chen-chun) posing as a friend of Tsui’s. Because of this, he gets in to meet Uncle 7 (Terry Woo) who is Tsui’s father and the local Triad boss. Jackie sees him in the hospital as Uncle 7 is seriously ill. Jackie suspects that Tsui will show up to see his ill father. Jackie follows Annie back to the aquarium where she works. At the aquarium, Jackie runs into Tsui who tells him that he is working for Gregor and that Gregor is watching all of Jackie’s movements.
After this, Jackie decides to return home, but Gregor frames him for Uncle 7’s murder which he committed. In trying to clear his name, Jackie goes to the memorial hall, where Uncle 7’s funeral will be held, to apologize to Annie. Tsui has to recue Jackie from the family’s bodyguards. There Tsui tells Jackie that he was caught by Gregor on a CIA assignment three years ago. Gregor forced him to work for him and his criminal organization. Tsui, Annie and Jackie decide to work together to bring Gregor down. At Uncle 7’s large and elaborate Chinatown funeral, a large gun battle erupts as Gregor and his men try to take out Tsui and get their stolen nuclear warhead back.
Annie and Jackie got to the aquarium to retrieve the warhead that Tsui had earlier sent Annie disguised as an air tank. At the aquarium, Annie and Jackie are met by Gregor and his men. In all of the confusion that Gregor and his men create, they take the warhead and kidnap Annie. They escape into a boat as Jackie follows after them. Jackie hops into a car and drives it off a ramp and into the boat. This traps Gregor and allows Jackie to retrieve the warhead and save Annie. The movie ends with Gregor and his men being arrested by Australian police and then handed over to the Russians. Jackie and his commander “Uncle” Bill Wong (Bill Tung) are congratulated by the FSB on the Russian submarine before it returns home.
Jackie Chan’s First Strike is a very entertaining action film. It is hard to go wrong with a Jackie Chan film. The movie has numerous great fight and action sequences. It also has some great locations and scenery including Brisbane, Australia. If you are looking for a good action film and then Jackie Chan’s First Strike is worth a watch. If you are a big Jackie Chan fan, Jackie Chan’s First Strike is worthy addition to your movie collection.