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Jackie Chan: Past, Present, & Future


With Jackie Chan set to release his next film, The Spy Next Door, on Friday, January 8, this will be his 97th full length feature film, if I am not mistaken.  Let’s take a look at Jackie Chan’s past movies, his present work, & my suggestion for his future.

Past (1992-1998) (Rumble in the Bronx, SuperCop, Who Am I, First Strike) – Once Jackie Chan released Rumble in the Bronx here in the United States; he immediately made an impact & became a huge star.  I like these movies because they are action packed.  I also like these movies because not only is Jackie Chan lighting quick in these films, but these films are also when Jackie Chan was more versatile.  For example, in Rumble in the Bronx, he literally jumps from one of the highest stories in one building to one of the highest stories in another building without a rope or a net.  In SuperCop, he is holding onto a ladder from a helicopter as it drives him crashing through a billboard.  Also, since the helicopter is in the middle of the city, there is obviously no net around & it wasn’t in front of a green screen.  Not only is he lighting quick in these films, but also each fight sequence lasts a good 15-20 minutes.

Present (1998-2010) (Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Spy Next Door) – For whatever reason, (most likely age), Jackie Chan decided to slow down on the fast paced action & to bring in comedy into his films as he was now doing buddy comedy films.  I guess he decided to do buddy comedy films so that he could not only slow down on his action sequences, but also so that they could help lighten the load as his first few films focused solely on him.  Although The Forbidden Kingdom is not a buddy comedy like the Rush Hour films or the Shanghai Noon/Knights films, it also features him sharing the screen with someone.  Jackie Chan’s body is probably pretty banged up anyway, which is why he wants to take it easy from now on.  Finally, I think that he is slowing down because of all the injuries & the damage he has received throughout the years & done to his body. 

Future (2010-Unknown) (The Karate Kid, Armour of God III: Chinese Zodiac, The New Shaolin Temple, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom) Ugh, why Jackie, why mess with remaking a classic?  Why are you taking on the famous “Mr. Myagi” character made famous by Pat Morita?  Anyways, I’m not here to talk about how I believe that Jackie Chan is about to butcher a classic.  I am here to make a suggestion to Mr. Chan.  One of the things I mentioned earlier about his early films was how great his fight scenes were.  In my opinion, he needs to do another movie with a great fight scene at the end, but this time, with a bigger name.  This is something he should definitely do before he retires.  He just made a movie with Jet Li a few years ago & while I was disappointed that they didn’t have a big fight scene at the end, at least we did get a small dose of it.  Steven Seagal is now busy with his own reality show.  That leaves one man, a man who was famous in the 90’s, but hasn’t been seen in a while, though he did make in independent movie last year.  That’s right; I’m talking about none other than Jean-Claude Van Damme.  After all, this could be the ticket Van Damme needs in order to get into the spotlight again.  I think everyone needs to know who the real action star is.  Hollywood, please make it happen. 

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