Jackie Chan's Who Am I?January 17, 1998
A secret agent loses his memory after falling from a crashing helicopter. He is then chased by a number of other agency operatives, but he has no idea why.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 6.6/10 (12,323 voted)
Stars: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamamoto
It all started when a bunch of commandos (including Jackie of course) kidnapped three scientist who were studying very powerful meteorite fragments. The mission was a success – until one of their superiors double crossed them. The commandos were then killed in a chopper crash, except Jackie who fell out of the chopper. After that, Jackie was picked up by a a tribe of South African Indians, who then asked him his name. Sadly, Jackie had lost his memory and shouted 'Who Am I?!' which led the Indians to think that it was his name. So he started learning their cultures and customs, while also trying to pick up their language. Later, he started having memories of things that happened before the crash, and he decided to leave the Indians in search for his identity…
Writers: Jackie Chan, Susan Chan
Who Am I? – Jackie Chan
Fred van Ditmarsch
Rinaldo van Ommeren
NAT Security Officer
Fight now. Ask questions later.
Release Date: 17 January 1998
Filming Locations: Capelle aan den IJssel, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Gross: SGD 3,470,000
Did You Know?
In the movie, you saw Hotel Room # 1954 – the year Jackie Chan was born.
Crew or equipment visible:
When Jacki runs up the hill on top of the rocks and screams, "Who am I?" you can see a member of the crew underneath the bridge area. When the chopper shot starts to move around you can see him look up at the camera and move back under the bridge trying to hide.
[answering the phone]
Who is it?
Who Am I?:
No, it's Who am I?
Good but the last 20 minutes are great!
Jackie Chan is a special operative, part of an elite military unit who are
employed to capture a group of scientist working on a potent force that can
be a power source or a weapon of mass destruction. After the job the group
is betrayed and their helicopter forced to crash Jackie is the only
survivor. He comes too much later in an African village having lost his
memory. When he has regained full strength he begins to try and find who he
is however his ex-employers are also keen to ensure he knows nothing and
that they can complete their work.
The story here is solid not much more can be said than that. It works
quite well as a thriller plot but it wouldn't stand up by itself. Happily
we have two things saving the plot. The first is the strand of physical
comedy that runs through Chan's work here we have plenty of little jokes
scattered around, e.g. Chan is fighting one man and uses the man's tie
against him, another man waits to fight Chan but pointedly removes his tie
first! The second (and more important) aspect is the fight scenes. For
much of the film the action seems to be toned down indeed there are only 4
or 5 main scenes in the movie where Chan lets rip. However all of these are
good, however the final roof top fight (in fact the whole last 20 minutes)
is excellent and worth watching the film for.
As always the film doesn't worry about details rather it focuses on
choreography. This means we have bad support actors .and we do! It means
that things like realism and continuity go out the window ..a car slides on
it's side, spins and then turns over again however seconds later it has no
scratches anywhere! And some of the early special effects are a little
ropy. Although these are minor problems.
Chan is excellent in the lead and is a real wonder to watch I wish I could
move like him now never mind when I'm his age. His ability at both martial
arts and comedy helps this film immensely. It is hard to fault him for
Overall this is a good Chan movie it has the same faults as all his movies
do, but it's funny, has some good action scenes and ends with a really good
conclusion. Well worth watching.