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Film / Who Am I? (1998)

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Who Am I? is a Hong Kong action comedy film produced by Golden Harvest and released in January 10th, 1998. It was Written, Co-Directed (with Benny Chan), And Starring Jackie Chan. He also provides the vocals for the Ending Song.

A multinational Special Forces Team is assigned to ambush a group of scientists deep in South Africa, who have just discovered a meteorite that is highly volatile (as seen in the opening prologue). Then the team is double-crossed by their higher-ups who want to use the meteor for purposes less than noble. All of the operatives soon disappeared in an accident...well, except one.

The lone survivor (Jackie Chan) wakes up somewhere in the hut of a tribe, but he can't remember who he is. The members of the tribe decide to call him "Who Am I?" after he asks just that. After spending weeks recovering from his injuries, he spots a nearby rally competition, so he decides to return to civilization to embark in a Quest for Identity. After saving the life of the brother of a racer (Mirai Yamamoto) from the competition, "Who Am I?" is soon pursued by multiple parties including the higher-ups (who fear that He Knows Too Much), the CIA, and a female reporter (Michelle Ferre) who wants to know all about "Who Am I?".


Yes, this is the movie where Jackie Chan slides down a building almost to the ground, without any safety harness!

Not to be confused with the 2014 German film of the same name.

Who Am I? provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Agony of the Feet:
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Morgan and Sherman.
  • Drives Like Crazy: "Who Am I?" drives Yuki's rally car like this across the savanna trying to get Yuki's brother to get medical attention. Later, Yuki drives her rally car upon the streets of Johannesburg to escape "Who Am I?"'s pursuers.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • If you are a bad guy in a Jackie Chan film, maybe you shouldn't lure him to a commercial district or a construction section on a rooftop.
    • Also, wearing expensive designer suits and large earrings for combat is a bad idea.
  • Just Think of the Potential!: The abducted scientists keep working not only because of the threats to them and their families, but because the meteorite could give humanity a great source of clean energy. Unfortunately for them, their captors plan to use it to instead create More Dakka and weapons of mass destruction.
  • MacGuffin: For the second half of the film, is the disk containing all the information about the meteorite and its properties, which also makes it a Mineral MacGuffin.
  • No Name Given: Jackie Chan's character doesn't remember his name; when one of the native Africans asks it, only to be told "Who Am I?", they misunderstand it and call him that, which he eventually accepts. The CIA identify him in the ending, but viewers don't actually get to hear it.
    • An agency briefing identifies as Jackie Chan though.
  • Oh, Crap!: One of the hitmen in the final confrontation subtly does this upon seeing his partner get utterly manhandled using his suit jacket and tie, realizing the same could happen to him. He promptly avails himself of both.
  • Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: "Who Am I?" has a flashback to when each member of his team introduced themselves before the misssion. When "Who Am I?" was about to say his name, his speech got conveniently cut short by his superior.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: The final battle in Rotterdam takes place in one.
  • Rogue Agent: The agency that "Who Am I?" and his teammates were working from before the "Accident". Morgan also counts, having been on the plan from the beginning to sell the explosive meteorite to an arms dealer.
  • Say My Name: In a sense, see below.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: Jackie Chan is about to shoot you.
  • Skyward Scream: After "Who Am I?" escapes with Christine and Yuki, he loses his temper after Yuki scares him again, leading to this moment:
  • Starting a New Life: After he saves the day, "Who Am I?" decides to go back to Africa where his new friends wait.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Christine reveals she's an undercover CIA Agent to "Who Am I?", but only after he discovered the gun disguised as a camera in Christine's purse, soon after Morgan's hitmen are closing by. "Who Am I?" then accuses Christine of luring him into a trap.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • After the scientists have been delivered by the Special Forces, the Team is betrayed and left to die in the upcoming helicopter crash.
    • After the investigations are complete, General Sherman orders to dispose of the scientists once the disk with the meteorite information has been sold to the arms dealer. Likewise, Morgan intends on disposing of "Who Am I?" this way, whatever he remembers or not.


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Christine is with the CIA

After "Who Am I?" discovers the gun disguised as a camera in her purse, journalist Christine Stark reveals that she is an undercover CIA agent who tapped his calls.

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