"The more terrified my friends and family are, the more satisfied my fans will be. " JACKIE CHAN In you are fan of action-adventure movies with the accent on. Get this from a library! I am Jackie Chan: my life in action. [Long Cheng; Jeff Yang]. Feb 10, Get this from a library! I am Jackie Chan: my life in action. [Long Cheng; Jeff Yang].
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There was a lot of interesting stuff in this book, including the development of the Hong Kong action movie industry, from the cheap Shaw Brothers operation to the higher budget Golden Harvest studio. Shaw Brothers, dominant early on, were notorious for cutting corners and cheating employees out of wages.
Golden Harvest would later displace them. Golden Harvest was willing to spend money to make better movies; plus, they had Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee's untimely death left the industry reeling. Studios tried advancing various actors, including Chan, as "the next Bruce Lee," but audiences weren't downloading it.
Chan was given roles, none of which were successful, until he was allowed to craft his own style. Where Bruce Lee was the invincible hero, Jackie Chan would make his mark as an underdog character, an average guy forced to confront stronger adversaries.
Work was his response to hardship and a source of solace; it was his means to success. He speaks of how lucky he was, but really his luck was a matter of persistence. It was also a matter of taking risks and trying new things. Some people may dismiss martial arts movies and some of them are pretty bad ; however, Chan speaks eloquently about his craft, about how much thought and choreography go into action scenes, and the responsibility he feels toward his fans.
I've always liked Jackie Chan, but this book made me a fan. View 1 comment. Mar 03, Thejas rated it really liked it. Other than rags to riches story, the inspiring idea is about risk taking. If you do not take risks, you remain a nobody.
I am Jackie Chan : my life in action
And that is what all his movies are about I picked up this Jackie Chan autobiography randomly at my mom's house when I realized I had nothing fun to read while I was doing laundry. To my surprise, I was immediately sucked in, and didn't stop reading until I was done with the entire book a day later. I have now added Drunken Master to my netflix I picked up this Jackie Chan autobiography randomly at my mom's house when I realized I had nothing fun to read while I was doing laundry.
I have now added Drunken Master to my netflix list. Jul 19, Jamesatkinson rated it liked it. When Jackie Chan was 8 his parents sold him to the chinese opera where they beat the shit out of him and he learned to do backflips. And he met Sammo Hung who ate all his food.
Then later he made kung fu films while fighting triads and also he fought al his producers and established his own character as a goofy unlikely hero guy. View 2 comments. Very interesting look at how Jackie Chan got his start.
The problem is, the book is 20 years old and there is a whole lot more to his story now. I would love an updated version of the book. Mar 21, Heaven Claussen rated it it was amazing. Man I love reading these stories. Such wonderful insight. Mar 08, Brandon Miller rated it liked it. For an action star, the dude can write.
Also there's pictures of him shirtless in it, so that's worth the admission price alone. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a world-renown celebrity in possession of a book deal, must be in want of a co-writer. There is usually a reason that celebrity autobiographies do not have a lot of literary street cred.
However, I proclaim that there is a deep vein of ore to mine from Jackie Chan's entry into the genre. The life and fortune of Jackie Chan turns on historic forces that broke up his father and mother's first families, as they escaped from China to Hong Kong. Another tu It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a world-renown celebrity in possession of a book deal, must be in want of a co-writer.
Another turn of history brought Jackie Chan to be part of the last generation to grow up in the exacting world of the Chinese Opera schools. The cultural shift of movies taking over the traditional arts brought Jackie Chan to the world of film.
From there it was a bit of personal drive, luck, and help from his opera school brothers and sisters that finally turned Jackie Chan into the international film star. Beyond the historic, cultural, and economic forces, there is an interesting vein about what makes someone part of your family and how you build a family when you are traveling most of the year.
It seems like some sharper edges are sanded down in Jackie Chan's wilder days, but it is interesting to read about the story that Jackie Chan wants to tell the world. Why this? A good friend recommended this book after he saw that I read Bruce Campbell's first book.
I'm not shifting towards celebrity autobiography, though I can say that this was an entertaining journey.
Feb 28, Loralee rated it really liked it. Can't believe how much I enjoyed this, when I have only ever seen one Jackie Chan movie in my life.
Maybe two. With a talented coauthor, Chan tells the story of his childhood in a school for Chinese opera beatings and hour-days were common , breaking into the movie business as a stuntman, going broke, getting called back into the movies to act for a director who tried to turn him into Bruce Lee, finally getting the freedom to make his own movies, which became blockbusters, and trying to show Can't believe how much I enjoyed this, when I have only ever seen one Jackie Chan movie in my life.
With a talented coauthor, Chan tells the story of his childhood in a school for Chinese opera beatings and hour-days were common , breaking into the movie business as a stuntman, going broke, getting called back into the movies to act for a director who tried to turn him into Bruce Lee, finally getting the freedom to make his own movies, which became blockbusters, and trying to show ignorant America that he was already a huge star worldwide, even if Americans hadn't heard of him.
The stunts: The message: What a good memoir. I really enjoyed reading about the Hong Kong movie industry which is very different from Hollywood apparently. I liked seeing a side of Jackie Chan that I wouldn't expect to see. I enjoyed his humility along with his confidence, the fact that he can admit his failures while still celebrating his successes is refreshing to see in a "superstar".
Chan has certainly come a long way in his life and he's done so with grace and style, even with a few bumps in the road. This memo What a good memoir. This memoir makes me want to go rent all of his movies!
I also realized that if I'm seeing some crazy action stunt being done in an American film, it's probably already been done in one of Mr. Chan's Hong Kong films! Another reason to see his earlier work. View all 4 comments.
Sep 13, Phillip rated it really liked it. Jackie Chan's autobiography is written with an easy conversational style, one that allows an occasional comment to drop that reveals a twinkle in the author's eye. This is a surprising story of a young boy raised in an incredibly strict environment of the Peking Opera Dramatic Academy; of a youth trying to survive as a stuntman in the glutted Hong Kong film market; of a young man trying to develop his own cinema persona in an industry committed to molding him into the style of the most recent cel Jackie Chan's autobiography is written with an easy conversational style, one that allows an occasional comment to drop that reveals a twinkle in the author's eye.
This is a surprising story of a young boy raised in an incredibly strict environment of the Peking Opera Dramatic Academy; of a youth trying to survive as a stuntman in the glutted Hong Kong film market; of a young man trying to develop his own cinema persona in an industry committed to molding him into the style of the most recent celebrity.
Beyond sharing the story of his successes and failures, I found that this narrative also provided me a renewed perspective of how to meet my challenges and maintainmy my integrity. Nov 01, D. Cairns rated it really liked it. A refreshing change of pace from the last auto-biography I read, Schwarzenegger's Total Recall.
I am Jackie Chan was fast, funny and entertaining, much like Jackie's films. It was easy to read, not overly detailed, and unlike Total Recall, it reeked of humility and honesty. Reading I am Jackie Chan gave me a very good sense of the man and what has driven him to such international heights of fame and admiration. At the end of the book, Jackie lists his top ten stunts and top ten fights, and he is A refreshing change of pace from the last auto-biography I read, Schwarzenegger's Total Recall.
I am Jackie Chan
At the end of the book, Jackie lists his top ten stunts and top ten fights, and he is full of praise for the people who helped him become the man he is. I liked this book a lot, and reckon I will have to have a Jackie Chan film binge. Apr 02, Carlyn Brody rated it it was amazing.
I bought I am Jackie Chan: My life in action as a Christmas present for my brother. I have the updated edition of the biography which contains new information and was released during the time when Jackie was making the first Rush Hour movie. He recounts his childhood, love life and film career. Both his parents were servants to the French ambassador in Hong Kong. Charles Chan was the cook and Lee-Lee was the housekeeper. They named their son, Chan Kong Sang. Jackie was enthusiastic and energetic child.
He got up to mischief and had fights with the neighbourhood children. At school, he could never sit still. He found school boring and was often in trouble. It meant dressing up in sissy clothes, spending hours in stifling classrooms, and learning things that were of no use to anyone. I could learn everything I needed to right here at home.
Actually, now I regret not having paid more attention at school. Excerpt from I am Jackie Chan: My life in action p. Life at the academy was tough. We would call it child abuse. Master gave Jackie a new name, Yuen Lo. All the children were given new names so that they left their old identity behind.
The students had a vigorous routine of singing, dancing, acting, acrobatics and martial arts training. Everything had to done perfectly or the master would whip you. There was a hierarchy among the children according to age, Biggest brother and big brother were in charge of discipline as well.
Although the work was hard, the students were motivated to keep going. He wanted the chance to perform in front of an audience. Jackie got his chance when he was chosen by master to be a part of the Seven Little Fortunes, a travelling troupe comprising of the best students.
The popularity of Chinese Opera started to wane with Hong Kong cinema on the rise. Opera schools started closing and the Seven Little Fortunes were getting less bookings.
Master hired the students out to film studio to act as extras and stunt men to pay the bills. Students started to leave the school and eventually Jackie left the school at seventeen. Jackie was all alone in Hong Kong as his mother had joined his father in Australia. He lived in a tiny flat with no furniture and worked in films as a stunt man. Whenever he was free he would visit his first love, Oh Chang. Oh Chang was an opera student at different school.
Jackie loved her kind and gentle nature. The young couple, use to sneak out at night to sit at the park and talk yes just talk no funny business.
All Jackie wanted was someone to talk and share his sensitive side.
When you see me again- If you see me again —it will not be as Yuen Lo, the poor stunt boy. I hated Yuen Lo.
I had nothing but contempt for him-lazy, good-for-nothing, loser Yuen Lo. He would have to die, I realised. For me to be what I wanted to be, I would have to kill Yuen Lo. And become someone else. Jackie became determined to work hard to become a stunt coordinator. He also got a few acting roles in some action movies. He even worked on a Bruce Lee movie! When Bruce Lee died everyone was devastated. So, Jackie moved to Australia briefly to live his parents.
When Jackie came to Australia, he tried to learn English at school. He found school boring and English was hard to learn. He decided to work instead and it was at work, that he got his name Jackie. His father got him a construction job with his friend Jack. Eventually, he became Jackie. He missed his old life in Hong Kong.
He did not get along with Lo Wei. Jackie just wanted to be himself. They were controlled by the studio and the studio decided what films they did.The E-mail Address es you entered is are not in a valid format.
As one of the biggest stars to burst into U. The book starts with a jump that Jackie is about to take and which reminds him of the struggles that he has undergone to achieve his place in the world. Jackie realized he had to be the opposite of Bruce in everything, and show the world Jackie Chan, a character who revered martial arts, wasn't perfect and had a sense of humour.
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