May 31, 2013 |
Hong Kong martial arts superstar Jackie Chan has made more than 100 films, including his 1978 breakthrough, “Drunken Master,” and the “Rush Hour” trilogy of comedy-action blockbusters with Chris Tucker that have grossed nearly $900 million internationally. His defy-defying stunts have astonished audiences. But after enduring decades of severe injuries including broken and dislocated bones and a near suffocation from a throat wound on "The Young Master," Chan announced last fall that "Chinese Zodiac 2012" would be his last martial-arts action film.
January 14, 2010 |
"I don't want to be an action star anymore," says Jackie Chan. "I want to be an actor." Fans can wipe up the coffee after their spit takes; the international martial arts superstar isn't entirely giving up kicking people in the face. After all, he's holding court in a swank Los Angeles hotel to promote his new kung-fu comedy, "The Spy Next Door." Although, to tell the truth, he has to be reminded which movie he's here for. "Right after 'Spy Next Door,' I already did two more movies," the 55-year-old says apologetically, then laughs at himself.
April 21, 2005 |
Action film star Jackie Chan said Wednesday that he's campaigning for a global ban on landmines and is scouting film sites in Cambodia to make a movie about the effort. Chan, a United Nations goodwill ambassador, arrived by plane in Battambang, a provincial town located 155 miles northwest of the capital, Phnom Penh. Recovering from decades of civil war, Cambodia remains one of the most heavily mined places in the world.
September 19, 1994 |
The Jackie Chan Festival at the Nuart enters its second week with two of Chan's most recent and best pictures--and two among his lesser-known pictures. "Crime Story" (tonight at 7:15), which is as fast and furious as action pictures get, provides a shrewd change of pace for Chan. As skilled at comedy as he is at kung fu, Chan this time plays it straight as an inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police.
October 17, 2013 |
The frantic action-comedy "Chinese Zodiac" may please non-discriminating fans of its co-writer/director/star (and more) Jackie Chan, but will likely leave most other viewers dazed, confused and eagerly watching the clock. The fact that this awkwardly dubbed, stateside version reportedly runs about 15 minutes shorter than the cut released in China may in part account for the movie's convoluted plotting. On the upside, there's now less of this cartoonish mishmash to wade through. Blasting, brawling and close-calling his way through the mayhem is Chan, cheesing it up as a bounty hunter known only as J.C. (which one, er, prays stands for "Jackie Chan")
October 19, 2013 |
Jackie Chan is not dead. And he's not retiring. "There are so many different rumors, I am getting used to it," the 59-year-old actor-director says of online reports of his demise. "Don't worry, before I die, I let you know. " Chan may be looking to slow down on the action, but after more than 50 years and 100-plus movies, he seems unstoppable. His latest film, "Chinese Zodiac," which opened Friday in the U.S., still features him leaping from buildings, fighting in the air and rolling down a mountain in a full-body rollerskate suit.