Kung Fu legend Jackie Chan is in town for two Q&As this week

Jackie Chan is a legend in the field of martial arts movies, a seemingly indestructible performer who's physical prowess and sense of onscreen timing have provoked comparisons to both Bruce Lee and Charlie Chaplin often in the same sentence. Chan started out in stunt work (seen with Bruce Lee in Fist of Fury and Enter the Dragon) but soon established himself as a Kung Fu star in his own right with successful titles such as Drunken Master, Project A, and Police Story (a personal favourite for its shopping mall destruction finale, in which Chan abseils down a row of christmas lights), all of which showcased Chan's skill at choreographing his own stunts.  Roles in Rumble in the Bronx and his turn at co-starring with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour and Owen Wilson in Shanghai Knights led to his appeal crossing over into the mainstream in the West.

His new film, Chinese Zodiac, will be one of the last chances fans have to see Chan on screen in an action oriented role. The man himself is in London this week for two Q&As after screenings: one at the Prince Charles on 11 August and another at the BFI on 12 August. Tickets are sold out but the patient and the zealous can try for returns.

 

For those needing a refresher, Rottentomatoes have a top ten Jackie Chan film list based on user votes, complete with clips.

And of course, Chan's work lends itself to Youtube montages:


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