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Jackie Chan, my hero, and his Dragon Heart Charitable Foundation

July 27th, 2010 3 comments

Few days ago, I was talking to a friend over lunch, and the topic of modern hero came up.  We limited ourselves to identifying three who are alive today.  Jackie Chan (成龙) made my short list.   Of course, he requires no introduction.  In terms of worldwide popularity, I’d put him in the same league as people like Michael Jackson; very few stars can match.

Recently, he co-stared with Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith, in “the Karate Kid” (see our post, “The Karate Kid – the biggest modern movie co-production thus far between an American studio and China“, by Allen). It’s an excellent movie having already surpassed $220million worldwide (source Box Office Mojo) in it’s 7th week. As relates to China, the film itself and Chan’s performance gave a nuanced view into Chinese culture and Chinese society that is simply rare in Western films. Chan is a Chinese cultural icon, and he is my hero because he can help bridge with those outside China.
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The Karate Kid – the biggest modern movie co-production thus far between an American studio and China

June 13th, 2010 2 comments

People should go watch the new karate Kid!  It’s a cool movie featuring some awesome martial art as well as a beautiful travelogue featuring scenes from all over China.  Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith give a performance that practically guarantees a sequel.

Some people might complain that the movie is too long … or that it’s got a misleading title.  I personally think if there is a problem, it’s the fight scenes – which can get a little graphic as far as children are concerned.  As for that misleading title?  My opinion is that while there are real differences between Karate and Kung Fu (and this movie features Kung Fu not Karate), this movie should be and can be enjoyed and celebrated by itself – for an inspiring human story, a beautiful travelogue, and high quality martial arts cinematography. Read more…

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