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Entries in Jackie Chan (20)

Saturday
Oct172009

'The Spy Next Door' Looks Like Jackie Chan's Worst

I have seen good trailers for bad movies, bad trailers for good movies, and bad trailers for bad movies, and I am prepared to say that the new look at Jackie Chan's The Spy Next Door is a can't-miss candidate for category three.

There's not a single point at which this movie looks good. Actually, I take that back: For a fleeting moment, it sounds like Jackie's character is named Bob Hope. It's all downhill after that. Don't believe me? OK then, I'll break out the big guns. This movie co-stars George Lopez. And Billy Ray Cyrus. As government intelligence officers.

Still don't believe me? Well, good. I want you to see this trailer for yourself. That'll settle it.

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Wednesday
Jun032009

Benjamin Button's Mom to Play Mom in 'Kung Fu Kid'

Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson (who, in my opinion was top three on the red carpet that night) will show up in the Will Smith-produced Karate Kid remake, which will be shooting in Beijing pretty soon. It's already a pretty hackneyed prospect, what with the switch from The Karate Kid to The Kung Fu Kid, and the fact that Jaden Smith is the lead.

I liked Jaden in The Pursuit of Happyness, but he was miserable in The Day the Earth Stood Still, like Spencer Breslin bad. To be fair, it was impossible to get much of a performance out of anyone in that remake because the script was attracting flies. My real issue, though, is how young and tiny he is. He can't be more than four-and-a-half feet tall. Is he going to beat up other puny 11-year-olds?

At least in the original, Daniel-san was supposed to be a teenager. I just don't know if I want to see a pee wee league version of this movie. And then on top of that you can throw the overblown nepotism by Will Smith to give his son a star project.

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Sunday
Apr262009

Jackie Chan Celebrates 100th Film

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. We really were spoiled then.

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Monday
Mar092009

Jackie Chan's Brutal 'Shinjuku Incident' Trailer

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.

Jackie's taking on the Yakuza in this movie, and he appears to be dropping guys with gunshots to the head. I don't recall him ever doing that, even in Police Story. So it's certainly gritty, as you can see in the trailer.

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Sunday
Feb222009

Jackie Chan's New Movie Too Violent for China

One of my favorite personal Hollywood stories, and I don't have many, is sitting across from Jackie Chan during the junket for The Tuxedo. I know. And he felt exactly the same way.

Because there's very little of what I associate with Jackie Chan in that movie, I didn't ask him any questions about it, exploring instead his classics like Legend of Drunken Master and Police Story. He was happy to talk about them, and the freedom he enjoyed while making them, to the point that he said at the end of the interview - in front of the studio folks - "All my Hong Kong movies better than my American movies." Gotta love a guy trashing his own film.

I have another favorite story, one about Jamie Foxx refusing to look at me during an interview, but we'll save that until The Soloist comes out.

Anyway, I mention Chan's Hong Kong movies because his latest, Shinjuku Incident, has been deemed too gory for Chinese release, by both the film's director and by Chan himself.

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