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Jackie Chan Celebrates 100th Film

26 April 2009 12:36 AM, PDT | | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Congratulations to Jackie Chan, who just signed on for his 100th motion picture. The Hollywood Reporter says Chan will star in and co-direct Chinese Zodiac, which - believe it or not - is an action movie.

Actually, the plot of Chan's centennial movie sounds a lot like National Treasure, as he scours the globe in search of artifacts linked to major events in Chinese history. Chinese Zodiac will film in France, Vienna, Hong Kong, Beijing and Kazakhstan, and it's expected to go into production this fall. This summer, Chan will shoot the remake of The Karate Kid, which is now called The Kung Fu Kid.

I've been a fan of Jackie's since the mid-80s, when I first saw The Big Brawl on the USA Network. This was even before the network had several hours a week dedicated to martial arts via its terrific Kung Fu Theatre on Sunday afternoons. »

- Colin Boyd

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Jackie Chan's Brutal 'Shinjuku Incident' Trailer

9 March 2009 3:22 AM, PDT | | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

I was weened on the martial arts movies of Jackie Chan. The first one I remember seeing was The Big Brawl, alternately titled Battle Creek Brawl, and I saw it as a kid on HBO back in probably 1982 or something. It was Chan's first attempt to become a star in the U.S. The movie was filmed here, it was in English, and despite some of Chan's most theatrical choreography - and perhaps because outside of that choreography, it's not very special - the movie was a stiff at the box office, keeping him most out of American cinemas for 15 years.

By the time most U.S. audiences got to know Jackie, he had been declawed. Granted, he was never the most aggressive action star in the world, even if his stunts were. Certainly, to my knowledge, he's never made a movie as in your face as Shinjuku Incident appears to be. »

- Colin Boyd

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