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.
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.
Jackie Chan is not just an action star and kung fu clown. He has lived out his benevolent streak for decades, supporting flood and earthquake victims and campaigning for the protection of species of tigers, rhinos, elephants and pangolins. Together with National Geographic and Buick, a documentary series on modern environmental protection is now being created.
When the BBC decided to bring a documentary film to the cinema after the documentary TV series “Planet Earth” (2006), the risk of failure was calculable, as more and more HD documentaries were celebrating their cinema premieres at the time. In 2007, “Our Earth” stormed the worldwide movie charts, and the long-awaited sequel followed almost exactly ten years later – once again with a star cast off the screen.