This month, World Movies is celebrating the work of a cultural icon; Hong Kong’s Jackie Chan. He’s an actor, director, stuntman and producer who at 57, continues to push himself and delight his fans.
Don’t miss three glorious nights of Chan with Little Big Soldier, New Police Story and Shinjuku Incident.
Most recently, Jackie has been sharing his thoughts and lending his talents to the green debate in China, pushing for low carbon development and eco civilization (note: Julia, call Jackie).
Three (other) things you might not know about Jackie Chan:
- He picked up the name ‚ÄúJackie‚Äù on an Australian construction site. When the Hong Kong movie industry began to fail in the 70s, he was forced to live with his parents in Canberra, Australia. He worked on a construction site and it was there that he got the name “Jackie.” A worker named Jack had trouble pronouncing “Kong-sang” and started calling Jackie “little Jack.” That soon became ‚ÄúJackie‚Äù and the name stuck.
- He’s a singer. As a child, he learned to sing at the China Drama Academy and since 1984, he has released almost 30 music albums, with vocals in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese and English.
- He’s gone under the knife. In the act of performing his own stunts, he has broken his nose, ankle, fingers, cheekbones and his skull. Jackie has also had plastic surgery to re-shape his eyelids, giving him a more “Western” appearance. The final film with the old-look Chan is Shao Lin mu ren xiang (1976).