When Jackie Chan and his father arrived at Master Yu Jim-Yuen’s school in Hong Kong for the first time in 1961, he could hardly believe his eyes. Children his age were allowed to have fun all day long – the bully Jackie Chan wanted that too. By contract, the then 7-year-old was placed in the care of Master Yu Jim-Yuen for ten years. A mistake?
It should come as no surprise that Jackie Chan is not the real name of the famous Hong Kong film star. Even Jackie was shocked by the truth about his name and his origins when his father revealed a truth to him in the late 1990s that affected many Chinese of their time.
After his death in 2007, Taiwanese director Edward Yang left behind not only a cinematic legacy, but also a vision that may now become reality: an old-school animated film thanks to Adobe Photoshop and Flash – and possibly thanks to Jackie Chan.
Over the decades, the former kung-fu clown Jackie Chan has not only become a serious actor and filmmaker, but also an internationally lucrative brand. But what’s behind the well-known Jackie Chans logo is more than just sophisticated marketing and design.
Jackie Chan celebrated his 65th birthday on April 7, 2019. In his honor, the German TV broadcaster Kabel eins had a documentary made, which premiered on April 8, 2019. Unfortunately, some errors crept in here, but before you criticize them, you should appreciate the thought and effort behind this full-length documentary, especially in Germany.
The actor and director Jackie Chan does not come from an acting family like his Hollywood colleagues Michael Douglas, Michael Keaton or Charlie Sheen. With his breakthrough in the late 1970s, he not only ensured that his friends and stuntman colleagues got film jobs, but he also made up for lost time with his father on his own film sets – sometimes in front of the camera.
Even if Jackie Chan gained experience in front of and behind the camera in Hong Kong cinema at a very early age, it still took a few years for his work to pay off. With the success of “Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow” and “Drunken Master” in 1978 and the third in the group “The Fearless Hyena” in 1979, he suddenly became famous throughout Asia and a desirable interviewee.
While researching my new book about the film legend Jackie Chan, “The new German Jackie Chan film guide”, I spoke to editors and authors of the German-language film website Schnittberichte.com, who in the past have devoted themselves in detail to the countless versions of Jackie Chan’s films .