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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.

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The lone survivor operative (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.

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Who Am I? provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Agony of the Feet: During the Rotterdam pursuit after losing his shoes, a crook keeps kicking and stomping on poor "Who Am I?"'s feet. Until he gets some wooden clogs, which he happily uses to return the favor.
    • After a long fight between "Who Am I?" and Morgan's Taekwondo hitman (played by Taekwondo expert Ron Smoorenburg in his film debut), both of them try to recover afterwards, their feet clearly wasted for a while.
  • Dirty Cop: 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.
  • 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: Being 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 similar mass destruction weapons.
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  • 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 native Africans asks about his name, only to be told "Who Am I?", they misunderstands it and calls him that way, which he eventually accepts. CIA offers to help identify him at the ending, but audience don't actually get to hear it.
  • 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.
  • Say My Name: In a sense, see below.
  • Skyward Scream: After "Who Am I?" escapes with Christine and Yuki, he loses his temper after Yuki scares him again, leading to this moment:
    Who Am I?: WHO AM IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII?
  • 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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