10 items from 2016
A peak in Jackie Chan’s U.S. movie stardom was “Shanghai Noon,” an amiable buddy action comedy that hung on the odd-couple chemistry between his straight-arrow Chinese emigre hero and Owen Wilson’s laconic, genially slippery Wild West outlaw. It was a pairing successful enough to prompt a sequel (“Shanghai Knights” in 2003), and now a sort of loose revamp in “Skiptrace.” But 16 years after “Noon,” the 62-year-old star’s boyish freneticism has finally succumbed to an understandable air of fatigue; it falls to new co-star Johnny Knoxville to take the majority of pratfalls, and supply the principal comic energy.
But then there’s energy to spare, if not much gray matter, in this amiable buddy action comedy wherein Chan’s straight-arrow Hong Kong cop is captor, then comrade to Knoxville’s genially slippery Yank con man. As directed by Renny Harlin, this Hk-u.S.-China co-production is a perpetual-motion-machine »
- Dennis Harvey
Montreal — Jackie Chan has had Chris Tucker and Owen Wilson assist him in past buddy-cop comedies. Movies like “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon” were fun to watch, but they always had to rely on the chemistry that Chan would have with his co-star. The screenplays always played to the genre’s conventions, but never had […]
- Jordan Ruimy
Ryan Lambie Jul 19, 2016
Jackie Chan's been in a couple of buddy comedy pairings over his long career already, including Rush Hour (with Chris Tucker) and Shanghai Noon (with Owen Wilson). Skiptrace sees the martial arts legend team up with Johnny Knoxville, the former Jackass guy who plays an American fugitive fleeing some particularly nasty Chinese gangsters here. Chan, meanwhile, plays a detective who winds up in Knoxville's orbit when the latter witnesses some sort of hideous crime.
The action-comedy's directed by Renny Harlin, best known for such action flicks as Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Cliffhanger, so there should be plenty of solid set-pieces in Skiptrace, even if Chan (and Knoxville for that matter) no longer pulls off the kind of gonzo stunts he once did. Still, the fight scenes look »
Jackie Chan's career had been going strong for decades before most American audiences discovered him. Before 1998, Chan had been churning out multiple action movies a year, most of which he anchored all by himself. After Rush Hour, though, he became a go-to for action movies that paired him with another, bigger American star. That may sound like a complaint, but it's not. Chan is perfect for buddy cop comedies. He's an insanely talented martial artist, but he's also got an innately likable screen presence that plays really, really well off of more overtly comedic actors. That's why movies like Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon work as well as they do. And it's precisely why we're looking forward to Skiptrace, Chan's first buddy cop action comedy in...
- Peter Hall
In hindsight, the pairing feels inevitable: Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville in a buddy-cop movie. The two enact the evergreen straitlaced detective/wacky partner dynamic in Renny Harlin’s upcoming “Skiptrace,” the first trailer for which premiered today. Watch it below.
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Chan plays a Hong Kong detective, while Knoxville is an American fugitive who joins up with him because of reasons. The former has played similar roles in the “Rush Hour” movies alongside Chris Tucker — and, lest we forget, Roman Polanski in a bizarre cameo at the end of the series’ third installment — as well as “Shanghai Noon” alongside Owen Wilson, of course. Bingbing Fan of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and former WWE performer Eve Torres co-star in the action comedy.
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- Michael Nordine
At the Shanghai International Film Festival, Jackie Chan kicked off the Jackie Chan Action Movie Week festival program, which screens a selection of the star’s recent films, with a speech extolling the virtues of the Chinese film industry, specifically their commercial potential. Chan said though the Chinese market was dismissed for many years, it’s now become a force to be reckoned with. He pointed to Duncan Jones’ video game adaptation “Warcraft” as a sign of the Chinese market’s dominance. “‘Warcraft’ made[$91 million] in two days — this has scared the Americans,” says Chan. “If we can make a film that earns [$1.5 billion], then people from all over the world who study film will learn Chinese, instead of us learning English.”
Jones’ “Warcraft” has performed exceptionally well overseas. It opened in over 20 countries around the world before it opened in the United States, including France, Germany, the UK, Sweden, Hong Kong, and many others. Though “Warcraft” has only made under $25 million in the U.S., it has made over $280 million worldwide, much of that stemming from the Chinese market.
Jackie Chan began his career as a stunt man before transitioning into acting full time. He had great success in Hong Kong cinema for many years, and only broke through in Hollywood in the mid-1990’s with the film “Rumble in the Bronx.” Chan then went on to co-star in the “Rush Hour” series, “Shanghai Noon,” and later, the “Karate Kid” remake starring Jaden Smith.
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- Vikram Murthi
London — Martial arts drama “Into the Badlands” has been licensed worldwide with eOne, which handles international distribution, inking more than 260 territory deals on the show. In the U.S., AMC Networks recently ordered a 10-episode second season of the series, which made its international sales debut at Mipcom last year.
Foreign buyers include Amazon in the U.K. and Germany; HBO in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden; Universum Film in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland; Viacom in Italy; and TV2 in Norway.
As previously announced, eOne has also licensed the show to LeTV in China, Foxtel in Australia, SoHo in New Zealand, and CMore in Scandinavia, as well as to AMC Global in over 125 countries, including regions throughout Asia, Latin America and Central Europe, as well as Benelux and Spain. EOne has an exclusive multi-year output agreement with AMC Networks for all original scripted series.
“Into the Badlands” delivered the »
- Leo Barraclough
Dragon Blade, 2015.
Directed by Daniel Lee.
Set in China during the Han dynasty (206-220 Ad), Dragon Blade follows Huo An (Chan), an official framed and enslaved for a crime he didn’t commit. Soon thereafter, however, he meets a Roman soldier in Cusack’s Lucius and the pair begin to form an unlikely alliance.
Career lulls. It happens to the best of them. Jackie Chan’s career has hit something of an impasse. Gone are the halcyon days of the 80’s and early 90’s where Chan revolutionised Hong Kong action cinema with his patented blend of insane stunts and frantically (yet intricately) choreographed fight scenes. Then his Hollywood career took him on a diversion which was a mixed bag, seeing success with Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon (and their mixed bag of sequels). The others were frankly horrendous as it became »
- Amie Cranswick
Time takes its toll on all of us … even Jackie
Jackie Chan is arguably one of the most important action /martial arts stars to ever grace our screens. As happens to us all … time takes it’s toll and sadly over the years the quality of his films has degraded.
But whilst the quality of his output my have decreased , it’s not difficult to spot moments of brilliance in even his most recent movies (i.e final fight scene in Chinese Zodiac ).
2016 is a very busy year for Jackie Chan
This year is going to be a very busy one of Jackie Chan, soon we will see the release of Skiptrace followed by another 3 confirmed releases (Railroad Tigers, The Foreigner, Kung Fu Yoga) and even more films which have either been announced or are currently in production (Rush Hour 4, The Karate Kid 2, Shanghai Noon Sequel).
Unfortunately none »
- The Tiger
No Escape starts out with Jack and Annie Dwyer (Wilson & Bell) and their two daughters emigrating to an unspecified Southeast Asian country for Wilson’s work. This work is somehow connected to the country’s water supply and it’s hinted that the company may have had some shady dealings in the past. This notion becomes somewhat inconsequential when violent revolutionaries seize power from the government and beginning tearing through the city, killing any foreigners they find. This makes life difficult for the young family as they’re staying at the richest, most foreigner-friendly hotel in town…
Owen Wilson might seem like an unlikely action hero, but there was a time when he looked primed to become America’s next golden-haired champion of good and kicking ass. »
- Mark Allen
10 items from 2016
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