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Jackie Chan's First Strike, since that's the full title, technically should have gone under "J", but fuck it, we already watched it. It's one of his Police Story series; I think the only other one I've seen was Super Cop, and I can't really remember.

Anyway, Jackie Chan plays himself as a Hong Kong cop working with Interpol to track down an arms dealer (I think), but then he gets mixed up with FSB, sent to Australia to find the sister of the CIA double agent who's stealing a nuclear warhead. And then there's this climactic underwater battle with a killer shark and POW! Everything is fine.

Well, there's more to it than that, but honestly you don't watch this movie for the plot. The plot is pretty straightforward, though I don't know how much of that is due to the dubbing job. I know it was released in (mostly) Mandarin, and I don't know how much of that changes things. But really, the awesome bits of the movie are Jackie kicking ass with various household implements. The scene where he takes on a gang of folks with a stepladder is pretty amazing, especially when you stop to remember that he does all that shit himself (always the takeaway message to a Jackie Chan flick).

Personally, I like Rumble in the Bronx better; the fight scenes are more interesting and the story is easier to follow and more compelling, but this is fun, too. Plus he wears koala underwear.

My grade: B-
Rewatch value: Medium-high

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