ICC #100 – The Jackie Chan Spectacular
Finally, the time has come to discuss Jackie Chan.
We talk about Jackie Chan’s start at the Peking Opera School, his time toiling under the thumb of Lo Wei, his rise to prominence with DRUNKEN MASTER, his attempts at breaking into Hollywood with BATTLE CREEK BRAWL and THE PROTECTOR, his work with with Sammo Hung on films like HEART OF DRAGON, his artistic year as a director with films like MIRACLE, the outliner films like CITY HUNTER, his Hollywood adventures like THE TUXEDO and finally, his turn into a Chinese propagandist with pictures like CHINESE ZODIAC.
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Jackie Chan Films Under Discussion:
Way too many to count this, but here’s a list of the Jackie Chan that was recommended:
DRUNKEN MASTER (1978)
“Unable to see eye to eye with his father, completely broke and with nowhere else to turn, young Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) grudgingly accepts the tutelage of Su Hua Chi (Siu Tien Yuen), a notoriously intoxicated martial arts master. Su Hua Chi teaches Wong the techniques of Drunken Boxing, an unusually fluid fighting style. Wong is then forced to put his new skills to the test when his father is targeted by deadly assassin Thunderleg (Jang Lee Hwang), who has never lost a fight.” – IMDB
THE YOUNG MASTER (1980)
“A kung-fu fighter (Jackie Chan) is mistaken for a fugitive while searching for his runaway brother.” – IMDB
“A poor country boy (Jackie Chan) heads Hong Kong’s crime world while romancing a nightclub singer (Anita Mui) in the 1930s.” – IMDB
PROJECT A (1983)
“Fighting against pirates in “old Hong Kong”. Chinese costume drama with plenty of over-the-top tongue in cheek action and music.” – IMDB
CITY HUNTER (1993)
“U.S. criminals hijack a cruise ship with a gluttonous private eye (Jackie Chan) aboard who is seeking a magnate’s missing daughter.” – IMDB
Top Five Films Starring Yuen Biao (Without Jackie or Sammo’s Involvement):
Here’s Justin’s personal Top Five Yuen Biao films – the lesser known brother of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.
1 – Dreadnaught (1981)
2 – Above the Law/Righting Wrongs (1986)
3 – License to Steal (1990)
4 – On The Run (1988)
5 – The Iceman Cometh (1989)