Stunt Couture – exclusive fashion and merchandise designs for Jackie Chan fans, filmmakers and stunt performers
Official merchandise from one’s favourite films and stars has long occupied a strong position in the budget of every pop culture fan. Whether it’s the latest Marvel shirt, a collector’s mug from “The Walking Dead” or simply a poster of the “guilty pleasure” star – the range of products and motifs is almost endless these days.
Jackie Chan’s latest film “Ride On”, which premieres in China on 7 April 2023, has generated a lot of hype among fans and distributors worldwide with its latest trailer. Where recently at the European Film Market in Berlin distributors were rubbing their hands with glee for the film, Jackie’s fans are asking themselves: How do I actually get an autograph from my idol?
When I started work on my text “Jackie Chan, a trademark designed to succeed” for the 88 films release of one of my favourite Jackie Chan films “Armour Of God” in the spring of 2021, I knew that the article would be exorbitantly long and detailed and that I would have to open and close a site that had remained hidden for decades: Jackie’s film equipment rental company.
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?
At the tender age of 26, Jackie Chan founded his first own film production company. It wasn’t successful, but it laid the foundation for what fans around the world know as »The road to Chan«. As a filmmaker he exercised more and more control over his projects and worked with the greats from Hong Kong and China – until today.
The 1970s were the heyday of the Eastern genre. Stuntmen were in demand, but were treated more as props than stars on film sets. Jackie Chan wanted to change that and founded the “Sing Ga Ban” (成家班), his own stunt team, with a few friends and colleagues in 1976. The Sing Ga Ban, which translates as family class, from then on advocated better working conditions for stuntmen and got himself and his team more work in films. This team, also known as the “Jackie Chan Family”, still exists today. Only here you can find the current list of all members and interesting background information.
Jackie Chan is not only a star herself, but has also brought many stuntmen to cinematic fame around the world. In 1976 he founded Sing Ga Ban, the Jackie Chan stunt team, which is still in its 8th generation today. The development of Jackie’s own cinematic success, political circumstances in Hong Kong and China as well as the globalization of the film industry contributed to the constant change of the stunt team – both in terms of personnel and appearance.
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.