Martial Arts, Jackie Chan

Do you really know Jackie Chan???????????????

7/9/09 in Martial Arts   |   thesweet18   |   respect

Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong Sang, `, on 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entreprenuer, singer and stunt performer.

In his films, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons and innovative stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1970s and has appeared in over 100 films. Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons and video games.

Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred. In 2008, Chan sang at the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.

 

Chan was born in 1954 in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong (then a British Overseas Territory), as Chan Kong Sang (meaning "born in Hong Kong") to Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, refugees from the Chinese Civil War. He was nicknamed Pao Pao (Chinese: {{, literally meaning "Cannonball") because he was such a big baby, weighing 12 pounds. He also had a brother named Soo-Sung Chan and a sister Tai Chan. Since his parents worked for the French Consul to Hong Kong, Chan spent his formative years within the grounds of the consul's residence in the Victoria Peak district.

Chan attended the Nah-Hwa Primary School on Hong Kong Island, where he failed his first year, after which his parents withdrew him from the school. In 1960, his father emigrated to Canberra, Australia, to work as head cook for the American embassy, and Chan was sent to the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School run by Master Yu Jim Yuen

Chan trained rigorously for the next decade, excelling in martial arts and acrobatics. He eventually became part of the Seven Little Fortunes, a performance group made up of the school's best students, gaining the stage name Yuen Lo in homage to his master. Chan became close friends with fellow group members Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, the three of them later to be known as the Three Brothers or Three Dragons.

At the age of 8, he appeared with some of his fellow "Little Fortunes", in the film Big and Little Wong Tin Bar (1962), with Li Li Hua playing his mother. Chan appeared with Li again the following year, in The Love Eterne (1963) and had a small role in King Hu's 1966 film, Come Drink with Me. In 1971, after an appearance as an extra in another Kong Fu film, A Touch of Zen, Chan began his adult career in the film industry, initially signing to Chu Mu's Great Earth Film Company. At the age of 17, he worked as a stuntman in the Bruce Lee films Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon under the stage name Chen Yuen Long. He received his first starring role later that year, in Little Tiger of Canton, which had a limited release in Hong Kong in 1973. Due to the commercial failures in his early ventures into films and trouble finding stunt work, in 1975 Chan starred in a comedic adult film, All in the Family, the only film he has made to date that did not feature a single fight scene or stunt sequence.

Chan joined his parents in Canberra in 1976, where he briefly attended Dickson College and worked as a construction worker. A fellow builder named Jack took Chan under his wing, earning Chan the nickname of "Little Jack" which was later shortened to "Jackie" and the name Jackie Chan stuck with him ever since. In addition, Chan changed his Chinese name to Fong Si Lung, since his father's original surname was Fong.

During a news conference in Shanghai on March 28, 2004, Chan referred to the recently concluded presidential election in Taiwan, in which Democratic Progressive Party candidates Chen Shui-bian and Annette Lu were re-elected as President and Vice-President by a slim margin amid opposition charges of voting irregularities, as "the biggest joke in the world." "People will talk about it for 100 years," Chan was quoted as saying. "It was a shame. Not so good to look at. I was very upset and couldn't fall asleep."

Chan's comments elicited controversy after they were aired on Taiwanese television. Parris Chang, a Taiwanese legislator and senior member of the DPP, called for the government of Taiwan to take punitive steps against Chan for his comments. "We want to propose a motion at the legislature to ask the government to ban showings of Jackie Chan's new movie," Chang said. He also suggested that Chan should be barred from traveling to Taiwan, and called for a Taiwanese boycott of Hong Kong, Chan's place of birth.

On June 18, 2008, Chan was greeted by protestors shouting "Not welcome!" and "Get out!" when he arrived at Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei for a charity fund-raising event for Baby is Our Hope, a charity sponsored by cable TV channel TVBS. As many as 50 police and security personnel were required to separate protestors from Chan, as they were attempting to spit at him. Addressing the protests at a news conference later that day, Chan insisted that he did not intend to insult the people of Taiwan, pointing out his family ties to the island: "My affection for Taiwan [...] is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am the son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese."

Referring to his participation in the torch relay for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Chan spoke out against demonstrators who disrupted the relay several times attempting to draw attention to a wide-ranging number of grievances against the Chinese government, including China's human rights record, the unrest in Tibet, China's role in the war in Darfur, its support for governments in Myanmar and Zimbabwe, Falun Gong persecution, and the political status of Taiwan, which the mainland government regards as a breakaway province. He warned that he would lash out against anyone planning to stop him from carrying the Olympic Torch, saying, "Demonstrators better not get anywhere near me." He also accused the protestors of doing so just to get attention, and not because they had arguably legitimate grievances against the Chinese government: "They are doing it for no reason. They just want to show off on the TV," he said. "They know, 'If I can get the torch, I can go on the TV for the world news.'"

On April 18, 2009, while participating in a panel discussion at the annual Boao Forum for Asia titled "Tapping into Asia's Creative Industry Potential," Chan stated that he was unsure if freedom would be a good thing for China. "Sure, we've got 5,000 years of history, but our new country has just been around for 60 years and the reforms for 30 years. It's hard to compare us with other countries," Chan said, referring to China's one-party rule and capitalist economic reforms under the current communist regime. "But I feel that in the 10 years after Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule, I can gradually see, I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not."  Chan went on to say, "I'm really confused now. If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic." He also added, "I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want." Chan also complained about the quality of Chinese goods, saying, "If I need to buy a TV, I'll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode." However, he shied away from criticizing the Chinese government for banning his 2009 film Shinjuku Incident.

While Chan's comments garnered applause from his audience at the event, which consisted mostly of Chinese officials and business leaders, they prompted an angry response from some legislators and other prominent individuals in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Hong Kong activist Leung Kwok-hung said that Chan "insulted the Chinese people. Chinese people aren't pets." The Hong Kong Tourism Board stated that it had received 164 comments and complaints from the public over Chan's remarks. In Taiwan the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) called on the Taipei city government to replace Chan as spokesman for the Deaflympics. "Jackie Chan is unwelcome in Taiwan and the Taipei City Government should immediately remove him from the Deaflympics team," a DPP spokesman said. The Taipei city government later revealed that Chan's tenure as one of the many celebrity spokespersons for the 2009 Taipei Deaflympics ended in 2008 – before the controversy arose.

A spokesman for Chan told reporters that the actor was referring to freedom in the entertainment industry rather than Chinese society at large and that certain people with "ulterior motives deliberately misinterpreted what he said."

In 1982, Jackie Chan married Lin Feng-Jiao (aka Joan Lin), a Taiwanese actress. That same year, the two had a son, singer and actor Jaycee Chan.

"In a 1999 scandal, he acknowledged all but paternity of a daughter with 1990 Miss Asia Pageant winner Elaine Ng," although paparazzi had also linked Jackie to "everyone from the late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng to sultry pop star and actress Anita Mui."

He can speak Cantonese, Mandarin, English & Japanese languages fluently. He also speaks a little Spanish.

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4/3/10   |   myrna_ventura   |   1214 respect

Thanks for the good post LOL