Who Am I?

(Ngo hai sui)

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Details At A Glance

Category Action/Comedy Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - 1.33:1, non-16x9, Dolby Digital 2.0
Rating Other Trailer(s) Yes, 1 - Dolby Digital City
Year Released 1998 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 103:40 minutes  Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 2,4 Director Jackie Chan
Benny Chan

Columbia TriStar
Starring Jackie Chan
Michelle Ferre
Mirai Yamamoto
Case Transparent Amaray
RRP $34.95 Music Nathan Wang

Pan & Scan/Full Frame No MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s) 
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
Annoying Product Placement Yes, mildly
Action In or After Credits Yes, in credits (hey, its Jackie Chan - of course there is)

Plot Synopsis

    One of the great things about the greater acceptance of Jackie Chan films in the West has been the increased budgets that he has had to work with. This has allowed some variety into his films. One of the bad things about the greater acceptance has been the Hollywooding of the films, with the loss of that spark that made him so special in the first place. Thankfully, this is a definite return to Jackie Chan, the Hong Kong meister, but with a budget. Which of course means that the tongue is firmly planted in the cheek, the plot is almost non-existent and the acting leaves something to be desired - but its a heck of a lot of fun!

    What plot there is revolves around a meteorite fragment that has the potential to provide unlimited power, which naturally gets hijacked after discovery by some unscrupulous businessman - with the aid of an elite commando team including Whoami (Jackie Chan). The rather unusual name comes from the fact that after pulling off the theft, the commando team is left in a helicopter about to crash, from which Jackie Chan falls/jumps into the jungle and instant amnesia; the tribe that finds him speaks no English but when Jackie Chan asks "Who am I?", they think it is his name. Since Whoami is supposed to have died in the helicopter crash, naturally the bad guys want him dead, starting a intercontinental chase mainly centred in Johannesburg and Rotterdam. Add into the fun a competitor in the Paris-Dakar Rally named Yuki (Mirai Yamamoto) and a CIA operative named Christine (Michelle Ferre) posing as a reporter, and you have the makings of a typical Jackie Chan movie. Which means of course lots of improbable stunts, great action sequences and Jackie Chan saving the day, once again.

    And who cares about the ridiculous plot holes when there is fun to be had? I first got exposed to Jackie Chan films whilst living in Hong Kong, and the lack of plot never stopped them from being both a lot of fun and quite profitable. If you really want plot, credibility and character development you are definitely going to be sadly disappointed. But if you want no-brain action then this is the ticket. I mean, what they get the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV (an awesome little rally car) to do is really improbable - especially as it comes out of the whole chase completely unscratched! (No one seemed to worry about continuity problems here either). Nobody took this little romp too seriously, especially Mirai Yamamoto, so the whole thing works a treat. Sit back, and enjoy over an hour and a half of Hong Kong action film courtesy of the best - Jackie Chan.

Transfer Quality


    Not the greatest transfer that you will ever see, but better than most of Jackie Chan's output thus far.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    This is a generally clear and sharp transfer throughout, although definition at times could have been just a little better. Shadow detail is generally very good. There did not appear to be any low level noise in the transfer.

    The colours are mostly vibrant, and consistently rendered. Some of the African scenery could perhaps have been a little more vibrant, but the overall colourscape is very natural. There is no oversaturation of colour during the transfer.

    There did not appear to be any MPEG artefacts during the film, although some panned shots almost hinted at a loss of focus. Film-to-video artefacts comprised some relatively minor aliasing, which is not that noticeable and did not really detract from the film. There were a few more film artefacts present than I was expecting but they were not especially intrusive.


    This is a very nice audio transfer, although earlier on in the film the bass seemed to be too prevalent in the mix.

    There are two audio tracks on the DVD: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Italian Dolby Digital 5.1. I listened to the default English soundtrack.

    The dialogue was clear and reasonably easy to understand at all times.

    Audio sync did appear to be a problem with the transfer at times, especially earlier on, although this may have been down to sloppy ADR work more than anything else.

    The music score is provided by Nathan Wang, and a suitably complementary effort it is for the action sequences. Very clichéd, lacking individuality, but what we would expect from a Jackie Chan movie?

    This is a nicely detailed soundtrack with some effective use of the surround channels. The sound picture is just a little more forward than I would have liked, but not too noticeably so and it sort of suits the film well.

    The bass channel was unfortunately not too well balanced in the mix, and there seemed to be an unnaturalness to the bass, especially earlier on in the film. There also seemed to be a few odd spots of extraneous bass floating around in the mix, unrelated to on-screen action. The second half of the film was much better than the first as far as the bass is concerned.


    A not especially inspiring collection of extras. As usual for a Jackie Chan movie, the end credits are over outtakes from the film, where Jackie Chan usually makes a fool of himself. A pity that more of these are not included in a gag reel.


    Pretty much a plain-jane theming to the film, lacking any enhancement.

Theatrical Trailer

    The trailer comes with the choice of Italian subtitles.

R4 vs R1

    The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on:     Unless the need for a Pan and Scan version of the film is absolutely necessary, there is little to prefer one version over another other than the slightly better transfer of the Region 4 release.


    If you are in the mood for no-brain action, then Jackie Chan's Who Am I? is well worth a look. Forget about the humungous plot holes, forget the humungous continuity problems, forget the lack of character development, just enjoy the fun.

    A good video transfer.

    A decent audio transfer.

    A bare bones extras package.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Ian Morris
15th November 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-515; S-video output
Display Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Built in
Amplification Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Speakers Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL