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.
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.
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.
Every fan knows “Jackie Chan Adventures”, Jackie Chan’s first cartoon television series from the USA. From 2000 to 2005 it ran on US television and drew its circles around the world, including successfully to Germany. Only a few years later, Jackie Chan added his own Chinese anime series that hardly anyone in the West knows to this day.
The fact that Jackie Chan is not only an actor and singer should have become clear to the last European, at the latest after he contributed the title song to his blockbuster “The Foreigner” with Pierce Brosnan. Now Jackie Chan wants to conquer the musical stages of the world with a play based on his life.
Jackie Chan has been valued as a professional singer in Asia since the early 80s, not only performing most of the title songs in his films, but also releasing dozens of albums over the years. The surprise of the film-filled year 2017 is without a doubt the Chinese epic “The War of Loong”, for which the Kung Fu legend sings the theme song “Country”.