What do you do when you’ve already achieved everything as an actor, director, action legend and singer? Exactly, you set up your own award show to give something back to the film industry. It’s this what the annual Jackie Chan International Action Film Week stands for and even much more.
After the success of “Rush Hour” (1998), the US wanted to make the name Jackie Chan better known among the younger generation. In 2000 the successful animation series “Jackie Chan Adventures” started, which celebrated worldwide success in a total of five seasons. This was followed by a video game and Jackie’s willingness to add a second animation series.
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.