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First Strike (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Jackie Chan (Actor, Action Director) | Annie Wu (Actor) | Bill Tung (Actor) | Lau Hok Yin (Actor)
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First Strike (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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Produced at the height of Jackie Chan’s popularity, First Strike (also known as Police Story 4: First Strike) features the international superstar returning to one of his signature roles, athletic and irreverent police inspector Chan Ka Kui from the mega-popular Police Story movies. After tearing through Malaysia in Police Story III: Supercop, Chan heads further into international territory with stopovers in Russia and Australia for this exciting globe-spanning adventure. As usual, Chan brings his creative choreography to the mix, with highlights including a one-on-many fight sequence where Chan uses a ladder to fight off a crowd, and a hilarious underwater tangle in a shark-infested aquarium.

On assignment in the Ukraine, Chan Ka Kui investigates the theft of a nuclear weapon component by Chinese-American scientist Tsui (Lau Hok Yin), who leads him on a wild goose chase before falling off the radar. Now teaming with Russian agents, Ka Kui heads to Brisbane, Australia to shadow Tsui’s younger sister Annie (Annie Wu, in her first screen appearance), but is framed for the death of their father – who happens to be a local triad boss! With the Russians and the triads now after him, it’s up to Ka Kui to fight off his pursuers, clear his name and retrieve the nuclear weapon component before it falls into the wrong hands.
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Product Title: First Strike (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 簡單任務 (1996) (DVD) (香港版) 简单任务 (1996) (DVD) (香港版) 簡單任務 (1996) (DVD) (香港版) First Strike (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Police Story 4 : First Strike 警察故事4:簡單任務 警察故事4:简单任务 Police Story 4 : First Strike Police Story 4 : First Strike
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Annie Wu (Actor) | Bill Tung (Actor) | Lau Hok Yin (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Jingle Ma 成龍 (Actor) | 吳辰君 (Actor) | 董驃 (Actor) | 樓學賢 (Actor) | 盧惠光 (Actor) | 馬楚成 成龙 (Actor) | 吴辰君 (Actor) | 董骠 (Actor) | 楼学贤 (Actor) | 卢惠光 (Actor) | 马楚成 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 呉辰君(アニー・ウー) (Actor) | 董驃(トン・ピウ) (Actor) | 樓學賢(ラウ・ホクイン) (Actor) | 慮恵光(ロー・ワイコン) (Actor) | 馬楚成 (ジングル・マ) 성룡 (Actor) | Annie Wu (Actor) | Bill Tung (Actor) | Lau Hok Yin (Actor) | Ken Lo (Actor) | Jingle Ma
Director: Stanley Tong 唐季禮 唐季礼 唐季禮(スタンリー・トン) 당계례
Action Director: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) 성룡
Release Date: 2002-02-28
Language: English, Mandarin
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese, Korean, Thai
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 85 (mins)
Publisher: Warner (HK)
Package Weight: 90 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001827136

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* Screen Format: Widescreen
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

主演:成龍╱吳辰君
Cast: Jackie Chan / Annie Wu
導演:唐季禮
Director: Stanley Tong

  A hard-hitting gang has the numbers and weapons on its side. Jackie Chan has what's within his reach: a ladder. It will do.
  Chan's amazingly inventive and widely famed deployment of a ladder as a weapon (he also uses a broom, stilts, a chair,a shark [!] and anything else that's handy during the film) is a highlight among highlights in this rollicking action/comedy in which he's called upon to recover a stolen warhead component. The adventure whisks our hero from high-rise Hong Kong to the snowy Ukraine to sunny Brisbane - and he plunges into it all with wall-to-wall kickbutt joy. Settle in and watch as Chan and a ladder lift the martial arts to new heights of fun.
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Professional Review of "First Strike (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 21, 2000

This professional review refers to Police Story 4 : First Strike
Fourth in Jackie Chan's Police Story series, this flick is Jackie Chan's take on James Bond, the way the Armour of Gods films were his take on Indiana Jones. Assigned to tail a suspect, Natasha, on a flight to the Ukraine from Hong Kong, things have already spiraled out of control within the first ten minutes. Chan can't pronounce his target's name, his passport is expired, he didn't bring enough winter clothing, and his entire mission consists of counting the number of times Natasha What's-Her-Name goes to the bathroom. This is not Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Being a Police Story movie it's not long before the plot needle's in the red and Chan is shuttling back and forth between Moscow, Hong Kong, the Ukraine and Australia trying to track down stolen plutonium for a boss (played by respected Russian actor, Yuri Batchov) who may or may not be the bad guy behind the plutonium-pilfering in the first place. Constantly getting lost, confused, humiliated and framed for murder you know that if Chan gets something nice in this movie (say, a spiffy suit) it's only so it can be taken away in the next reel (said suit torn to shreds by gigantic power lifter, Nathan Jones, performing here with a broken arm).

Speaking of clothes, as Jackie's gotten older his wardrobe's gotten weirder, and in First Strike it's reached a zenith. By the time the movie's over he will have worn a seal hat, a live koala bear, a Nehru jacket ensemble, Koala bear undies, a big shark costume, a waterproof pair of yellow overalls, and a strange stilt-walker's costume. The man's got more clothes than Madonna, and they're weirder than Madonna's, too.

This globe-trotting spy movie is directed by Stanley Tong (of Supercop and Rumble in the Bronx fame) who brought it in for $15 million with only 10 days of post-production. Rocketing down a mountain in an apocalyptic ski chase, crashing through the ice into subzero waters, balancing on the ledge of a hotel that looks to be about five miles high, crashing through the most kinetic ladder fight ever put on film, and climaxing in a twenty-minute underwater fight in an aquarium full of man-eating sharks every cent of this movie's budget is up on-screen making it the best James Bond movie James Bond never made. It's a far worthier spoof of the genre than the excruciating Casino Royale.

This is post-95 Jackie at his best.

by Grady Hendrix

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Customer Review of "First Strike (1996) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)

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May 27, 2007

This customer review refers to Jackie Chan's First Strike (US Version)
First Strike Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Director Stanley Tong always like foreign locations for his movies. No exception here cause Jackie's in Ukraine and Aust. The other reviewer rubbished Jackie's english but this is only one of his earlier western movie and I thought he did pretty good. Good stunt work with Jackie on ice and and stilts (scene in Chinatown). Not easy to balance on those things. Pity they haven't got an audio cantonese version. Still very watchable!
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Anonymous

October 9, 2003

This customer review refers to First Strike/Police story 4 (Korean Version)
FIRST STRIKE AKA POLICE STORY 4 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I SAW THIS MOVIE BACK IN 1997 AND IT BLEW ME AWAY. THE PLOT IS KIND OF SMOOTH TO FOLLOW. JACKIE IS SENT ON MISSION TO ASSIST A WOMAN TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. SOON AFTER THE FLIGHT, JACKIE LOST TRACK OF THE WOMAN WHICH TO THE RUSSIAN MEN THAT SHE WAS KIDNAPPED. JACKIE SOON FINDS OUT HE IS GIVING A TASK TO COMPLETE. HIS JOB IS FIND OUT EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING. DEFINETLY IT COMES WITH CONSEQUENCES AND JACKIE HAD TO FIGHT THEM WITH EVERYTHING. THERE WAS A LEGENDARY FIGHT WITH THE GUYS. HERE JACKIE AMAZINGLY USES A LADDER STAIR CASE TO FIGHT THEM. IT IS PURE AMAZING STUFF. THE WAY HE CONTROLS THE STAIR AROUND HIS BODY IS AWESOME. AND THEN CAME ALSO THE LEGENDARY FIGHT UNDER THE WATER. THEY HE MOVES UNDER THE WATER IS JUST STUNNING. I DO NOT THINK JET LI COULD HAVE HANLED SUCH FIGHT SCENE UNDER WATER. JACKIE IS JUST THE BEST. DEFINETELY A MUST SEE. MIND YOU I HAVE SEEN THE U.S VERSION THOUGH. I AM PLANNING TO GET THE HONG KONG VERSION. PEACE OUT
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