Jackie Chan, SBS , MBE(bornChan Kong-sang,陳 港 生; 7 April 1954)is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer , comedian , director, producer, martial artist , screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer, and stunt performer . In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style , comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts . He is one of the few actors to have performed all of his film stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films.Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame . As a cultural icon , Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons , and video games. An operatically trained vocalist, Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.
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directed by and starring Buster Keaton , who was also known to perform his own stunts. Since its establishment in 1983, Chan has used the team in all his subsequent films to make choreographing easier, given his understanding of each member's abilities.Chan and his team undertake many of the stunts performed by other characters in his films, shooting the scenes so that their faces are obscured.
In addition, he holds an unrecognised record for the most number of takes for a single shot in a film, having shot over 2900 retakes for a complex scene involving a Jianzi game inDragon Lord.
, when he fell from a tree and fractured his skull. Over the years, Chan has dislocated his pelvis and broken his fingers, toes, nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, neck, ankle, and ribs on numerous occasions.Promotional materials forRumble in the Bronxemphasised that Chan performed all of the stunts, and one version of the movie poster even diagrammed his many injuries.
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Chinese :炮炮(literally meaning "Cannonball") because the high-energy child was always rolling around.Since his parents worked for the French ambassador in Hong Kong, Chan spent his formative years within the grounds of the consul's residence in the Victoria Peak district.
He eventually became part of the Seven Little Fortunes , a performance group made up of the school's best students, gaining the stage name Yuen Lo in homage to his master. Chan became close friends with fellow group members Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao , the three of them later to be known as theThree BrothersorThree Dragons.After entering the film industry, Chan along with Sammo Hung got the opportunity to train in Hapkido under the grand master Jim Pal Kim, and Chan eventually attained a black belt.
A Touch of Zen, Chan began his adult career in the film industry, initially signing to Chu Mu's Great Earth Film Company.At the age of seventeen, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee filmsFist of FuryandEnter the Dragonunder the stage name Chan Yuen Lung ( Chinese :陳元龍).He received his first starring role later that year, inLittle Tiger of Canton, which had a limited release in Hong Kong in 1973.Due to the commercial failures of his early ventures into films and trouble finding stunt work, in 1975 Chan starred in a comedic adult film ,All in the Family, which features Jackie Chan's first nude sex scene filmed. It is also the only film he has made to date that did not feature a single fight scene or stunt sequence.Jackie Chan also appeared in a sex scene in the filmThe Shinjuku Incident, which was the only other nude scene that he ever filmed.
In addition, in the late 90s, Chan changed his Chinese name to Fong Si-lung ( Chinese :房仕龍), since his father's original surname was Fong.
Chan is a Buddhist.
His Cantonese songStory of a Hero(英雄故事) (theme song ofPolice Story) was selected by the Royal Hong Kong Police and incorporated into their recruitment advertisement in 1994.
Chan voiced the character of Shang in the Chinese release of the Walt Disney animated feature,Mulan(1998). He also performed the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You", for the film's soundtrack. For the US release, the speaking voice was performed by B.D. Wong and the singing voice was done by Donny Osmond .
Chan, along with Andy Lau , Liu Huan and Wakin (Emil) Chau , performed "Hard to Say Goodbye", the farewell song for the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony .
New Fist of Fury.His stage name was changed to Sing Lung ( Chinese :成龍, also transcribed as Cheng Long,literally "become the dragon") to emphasise his similarity to Bruce Lee, whose stage name was Lei Siu-lung ( Chinese :李小龍, meaning "Little Dragon"). The film was unsuccessful because Chan was not accustomed to Lee's martial arts style. Despite the film's failure, Lo Wei continued producing films with similar themes, resulting in little improvement at the box office.
Chan then starred inDrunken Master, which finally propelled him to mainstream success.
andSpiritual Kung Fu.He also gave Chan the opportunity to co-directThe Fearless Hyenawith Kenneth Tsang . When Willie Chan left the company, he advised Jackie to decide for himself whether or not to stay with Lo Wei. During the shooting ofFearless Hyena Part II, Chan broke his contract and joined Golden Harvest , prompting Lo to blackmail Chan with triads , blaming Willie for his star's departure. The dispute was resolved with the help of fellow actor and director Jimmy Wang Yu , allowing Chan to stay with Golden Harvest.
Willie Chan had become Jackie's personal manager and firm friend, and has remained so for over 30 years. He was instrumental in launching Chan's international career, beginning with his first forays into the American film industry in the 1980s. His first Hollywood film wasBattle Creek Brawlin 1980. Chan then played a minor role in the 1981 filmThe Cannonball Run ,which grossed US$100 million worldwide. Despite being largely ignored by audiences in favour of established American actors like Burt Reynolds , Chan was impressed by the outtakes shown at the closing credits , inspiring him to include the same device in his future films.
in 1985, Chan temporarily abandoned his attempts to break into the US market, returning his focus to Hong Kong films .
went on to beat previous box office records set by Bruce Lee and established Chan as Hong Kong cinema's top star. WithDragon Lord, he began experimenting with elaborate stunt action sequences,including a pyramid fight scene that holds the record for the most takes for a single sequence of scenes with 2900 takes,and the final fight scene where he performs various stunts, including one where he does a back flip off a loft and falls to the lower ground.
trilogy.In 1985, Chan made the firstPolice Storyfilm, a US-influenced action comedy in which Chan performed a number of dangerous stunts. It was named the " Best Film " at the 1986 Hong Kong Film Awards .In 1987, Chan played "Asian Hawk," an Indiana Jones -esque character, in the filmArmour of God .The film was Chan's biggest domestic box office success up to that point, grossing over HK $35 million.
In 1988 Chan starred alongside Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao for the last time to date, in the filmDragons Forever. Hung co-directed with Corey Yuen , and the villain in the film was played by Yuen Wah , both of whom were fellow graduates of the China Drama Academy.
Police Story 3: Super Cop, for which Chan won the Best Actor Award at the 1993 Golden Horse Film Festival . In 1994, Chan reprised his role as Wong Fei-hung inDrunken Master II, which was listed inTime Magazine'sAll-Time 100 Movies.Another sequel,Police Story 4: First Strike, brought more awards and domestic box office success for Chan, but did not fare as well in foreign markets.Jackie Chan rekindled his Hollywood ambitions in the 1990s, but refused early offers to play villains in Hollywood films to avoid being typecast in future roles. For example, Sylvester Stallone offered him the role of Simon Phoenix , a criminal in the futuristic filmDemolition Man. Chan declined and the role was taken by Wesley Snipes .
Rumble in the Bronxled to a 1996 release ofPolice Story 3: Super Copin the United States under the titleSupercop, which grossed a total of US $16,270,600. Jackie's first huge blockbuster success came when he co-starred with Chris Tucker in the 1998 buddy cop action comedyRush Hour,grossing US$130 million in the United States alone.This film made a star of Jackie Chan, in Hollywood. As a publicity stunt, Jackie also wrote his autobiography in collaboration with Jeff Yang entitledI Am Jackie Chan.
a romantic comedy that focused on personal relationships and featured only a few martial arts sequences.Chan then helped create a PlayStation game in 2000 calledJackie Chan Stuntmaster, to which he lent his voice and performed the motion capture.He continued his Hollywood success in 2000 when he teamed up with Owen Wilson in the Western action comedyShanghai Noonwhich spawned the sequelShanghai Knights(2003). He reunited with Chris Tucker forRush Hour 2(2001) which was an even bigger success than the original grossing $347 million worldwide. He experimented with special effects withThe Tuxedo(2002) andThe Medallion(2003) which were not as successful critically or commercially. In 2004 he teamed up with Steve Coogan in the big-budget loose adaptation of Jules Verne 'sAround the World in 80 Days.
(2004),The Myth(2005) and the hit filmRob-B-Hood(2006).
in August 2007. It grossed US$255 million.However, it was a disappointment in Hong Kong, grossing only HK$3.5 million during its opening weekend.
Kung Fu Panda(released in June 2008), appearing with Jack Black , Dustin Hoffman , and Angelina Jolie .In addition, he has assisted Anthony Szeto in an advisory capacity for the writer-director's filmWushu, released on 1 May 2008. The film stars Sammo Hung and Wang Wenjie as father and son.
, something he has not done for a number of years.The film is expected to be the third in the Armour of God series, and has a working title ofArmour of God III: Chinese Zodiac. Chan had completed shooting the movie and will be released on 12 December 2012.Because the Screen Actors Guild did not go on strike, Chan started shooting his next Hollywood movieThe Spy Next Doorat the end of October in New Mexico .InThe Spy Next Door, Chan plays an undercover agent whose cover is blown when he looks after the children of his girlfriend. InLittle Big Soldier, Chan stars, alongside Leehom Wang as a soldier in the Warring States Period in China. He is the lone survivor of his army and must bring a captured enemy soldier Leehom Wang to the capital of his province.
, a remake of the 1984 original , in Beijing.The film was released in America on 11 June 2010 and sees Chan's first dramatic American film. In the film, he plays Mr. Han, a kung fu master and maintenance man who teaches Jaden Smith 's character, Dre, kung-fu so he can defend himself from school bullies. In Chan's next movie,Shaolin, he plays the cook of the temple instead of one of the major characters.
While Chan has directed over ten films over his career, this is his first directorial work in over ten years, since Jackie Chan'sWho Am I?in 1998.1911premiered in North America on 14 October.
While at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Chan announced that he was retiring from action films citing that he was getting too old for the genre. He later clarified that he would not be completely retiring from action films, but would be performing fewer stunts and taking care of his body more.
Additionally, Chan has stated that he deliberately styles his movement to be the opposite of Lee's: where Lee held his arms wide, Chan holds his tight to the body; where Lee was loose and flowing, Chan is tight and choppy. Despite the success of theRush Hourseries, Chan has stated that he is not a fan of it since he neither appreciates the action scenes in the movie, nor understands American humour.
To further shed the image of Mr. Nice Guy, Chan played an anti-hero for the first time inRob-B-Hoodstarring as Thongs, a burglar with gambling problems.
Jackie Chan Adventures, which ran until 2005.
In July 2008, the BTV reality television series entitledThe Disciple
(lit. "Disciple of the Dragon") concluded. The series was produced by, and featured Jackie Chan. The aim of the program was to find a new star, skilled in acting and martial arts, to become Chan's "successor" and student in filmmaking. Contestants were trained by Jackie Chan Stunt Team members Alan Wu and He Jun and competed in various fields, including explosion scenes, high-altitude wire-suspension, gunplay, car stunts, diving, obstacles courses etc.
The regular judges on the program were He Ping , Wu Yue and Cheng Pei Pei . Guest judges include Stanley Tong , Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao . The "Finals" began on 5 April 2008, with 16 contestants remaining, and concluded on 26 June 2008. Amongst those in attendance were Tsui Hark , John Woo , Ng See Yuen and Yu Rongguang .
andTropical Tornadoand will be directed by Xie Dong , Jiang Tao and Cai Rong Hui . All 16 finalists will be given the opportunity to work on the films, or to join the Jackie Chan Stunt Team . Production on the first film is due to begin in September 2008. In addition, the finalists will be given roles in a forthcoming BTV action series.
The Tuxedo, andShanghai Knightscriticised the toning down of Chan's fighting scenes, citing less intensity compared to his earlier films.The comedic value of his films is questioned; some critics stated it can be childish at times.
Dragon Ball(including a character with the alias " Jackie Chun "),the character Lei Wulong inTekkenand the fighting-type Pokémon Hitmonchan .In addition, Jackie Chan has a sponsorship deal with Mitsubishi Motors . As a result, Mitsubishi cars can be found in a number of Jackie Chan films. Furthermore, Mitsubishi honoured Chan by launching Evolution, a limited series of cars which he personally customised.
, Chan already had a game of his own,Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu, released in 1990 for the PC-Engine and NES . In 1995, Chan was featured in the arcade fighting gameJackie Chan The Kung-Fu Master. In addition, a series of Japanese Jackie Chan games were released on the MSX by Pony, based on several of his films (Project A,Project A 2,Police Story,The ProtectorandWheels On Meals).
), but inRush Hour, in an attempt to be "cool" and imitate his partner Carter, who said "What's up, my nigga?" to a club of black men, he said the same thing when Carter was in another room and they all attacked him, so he had to pull out his fighting skills to beat them down and escape.Chan's greatest regret in life is not having received proper education,inspiring him to fund educational institutions around the world. He funded the construction of the Jackie Chan Science Centre at the Australian National Universityand the establishment of schools in poor regions of China.
, the national anthem of the People's Republic of China.When Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, Chan participated in the opening ceremony.In the United States, Chan appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in a government advert to combat copyright infringement and made another public service announcement with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to encourage people, especially Asians , to join the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department .
(with Willie Chan) and Jackie & JJ Productions.
Chan also has a number of other branded businesses. His sushi restaurant chain, Jackie's Kitchen, has outlets throughout Hong Kong, as well as seven in South Korea and one in Hawaii, with plans to open another in Las Vegas . Jackie Chan's Cafe has outlets in Beijing, Singapore , Kuala Lumpur and the Philippines . Other ventures include Jackie Chan Signature Club gyms (a partnership with California Fitness ), and a line of chocolates, cookies and nutritional oatcakes. He also hopes to expand into furniture and kitchenware, and is also considering a branded supermarket.With each of his businesses, a percentage of the profits goes to various charities, including the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.
On 10 March 2008, Chan was the guest of honour for the launch, by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd , of theJackie Chan Science Centreat the John Curtin School of Medical Research , Australian National University in Canberra . Jackie Chan is also a supporter of the Save China's Tigers project which aims at saving the endangered South China Tiger through breeding and releasing them into the wild; he is currently an ambassador for this conservation project.Chan has many historic artefacts, such as old door frames from 2000 years ago. He also owns the Jinricksha Station in Singapore.
In April 2008, Jackie Chan was invited for the audio launch of an Indian film, entitledDasavathaaram(2008) in Chennai (Madras), where he shared the dais with Indian celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan , Mammootty and Kamal Hassan . Though he did not understand a word of Tamil , Chan was touched by the Indian community's love for him and his films, and was impressed with the movieDasavathaaram, expressing a keen interest in working with the star of the film, Kamal Hassan . Hassan himself reciprocated the desire to work with the action superstar, urging Chan to keep his promise of working with him on a possible film project.
Following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake , Chan donated RMB ¥10 million to help those in need. In addition, he is planning to make a film about the Chinese earthquake to raise money for survivors.
where Jackie Chan addressed the victims of the earthquake and tsunami by saying:"You will not be alone, we will be by your side".The concert raised over $3.3 million dollars in just three hours for disaster relief.
Chan also holds guest lectures at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art of Fudan University , Shanghai.
Founded in 1988, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation offers scholarships and active help to Hong Kong's young people through a variety of worthy causes. Over the years, the foundation has broadened its scope to include provision of medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, and projects where the major beneficiaries are Hong Kong people or organisations. Major donation projects of The Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation:
The Dragon's Heart Foundation was founded in 2005 to fulfill the desperate needs of children and the elderly in remote areas of China. Since 2005, the Dragon's Heart Foundation has built over a dozen schools, provided books, fees, and uniforms, and has raised millions of dollars to give much-needed educational opportunities for the poor. In addition, the Dragon's Heart Foundation provides for the elderly with donations of warm clothing, wheelchairs, and other items. Jackie often travels to the remote locations to attend groundbreakings or school openings, and to lend support and encouragement.
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