I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action

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I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action ➭ [Ebook] ➨ I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action By Jackie Chan ➹ – Polishdarling.co.uk As one of the biggest stars to burst into US theaters, Jackie Chan has wowed audiences with death defying stunts But who really is this lightning fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts moviemaking Now, As one of the Jackie Chan: Kindle Ø biggest stars to burst into US theaters, Jackie Chan has wowed audiences with death defying stunts But who really is this lightning fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts moviemaking Now, in I Am Jackie Chan, he tells the fascinating, harrowing, ultimately triumphant story of his life How the rebellious son of refugees in tumultuous s Hong Kong became the disciplined disciple of a Chinese Opera Master How the dying art of Chinese opera led Jackie to the movie business And how he broke into Hollywood big time by breaking almost every bone I Am eBook ✓ in his body.


10 thoughts on “I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action

  1. Jim Jim says:

    This is vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography The last third of the book, about Jackie Chan s rise to success, is interesting The best part of this book, however, covers his years of struggle And, wow, did he struggle.Jackie Chan was the son of poor, refugee parents in Hong Kong, who fostered him to a Chinese Opera school, a place like a Dickensian orphanage, but with flying spin kicks His teacher was manipulative and abusive Chan was beaten a lot, hungry most of the time, and This is vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography The last third of the book, about Jackie Chan s rise to success, is interesting The best part of this book, however, covers his years of struggle And, wow, did he struggle.Jackie Chan was the son of poor, refugee parents in Hong Kong, who fostered him to a Chinese Opera school, a place like a Dickensian orphanage, but with flying spin kicks His teacher was manipulative and abusive Chan was beaten a lot, hungry most of the time, and always lonely Yet, he credits his teacher and the school with giving him the abilities that would eventually make him a success 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 buying 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 The formula worked, and Jackie Chan became wildly successful.Also of interest is Chan s account of his struggles to break into the American film industry While Chan is stoical about it, it s evident that there is a great deal of latent prejudice in Hollywood Asian actors were not and often still aren t cast as leading men or women in their own right by the major studios Jackie Chan would become the top star in Asia, with a fan base that numbered in the billions, but for a long time American studios were fairly condescending toward him The heart of this book, the best part of it, is where Chan talks about his personal development Everyone says that Jackie Chan is a really nice guy, but Chan tells how success went to his head, how he became an arrogant jerk He tells how setbacks in his personal life humbled him However, the factor that had the biggest effect in shaping Jackie Chan is hard work.The incredible work ethic of the man is the unifying theme of this book 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


  2. Thejas Thejas says:

    DO OR DIE An ugly Chinese kid failing in school can that really happen , struggling to get decent food for survival becomes the biggest movie martial arts sensation of the world Other than rags to riches story, the inspiring idea is about risk taking If you do not take risks, you remain a nobody And that is what all his movies are about.


  3. Philberta Leung Philberta Leung says:

    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 Now, kung fu martial arts movies are not even remotely close to being my favorite movie genre, but I have to admit, once I finished this book, I was ALMOST itching to rend a Jackie Chan movie 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 To my surprise, I was immediately sucked in, and didn t stop reading until I was done with the entire book a day later Now, kung fu martial arts movies are not even remotely close to being my favorite movie genre, but I have to admit, once I finished this book, I was ALMOST itching to rend a Jackie Chan movie I have now added Drunken Master to my netflix list


  4. Jamesatkinson Jamesatkinson says:

    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 awesome.


  5. Tom Oldale Tom Oldale says:

    The passion and heart of the Jackie Chan we know and love oozes from the pages of this book It is an underdog story, an asian history lesson and a documentation in the world of cinema both in Hong Kong and the US, all written in a fast paced, entertaining and at times novelistic fashion Jackie Chan s life story is truly fascinating and filled with events you would be forgiven for thinking only appeared in his films including love, near death injuries and even triads From humble beginnings The passion and heart of the Jackie Chan we know and love oozes from the pages of this book It is an underdog story, an asian history lesson and a documentation in the world of cinema both in Hong Kong and the US, all written in a fast paced, entertaining and at times novelistic fashion Jackie Chan s life story is truly fascinating and filled with events you would be forgiven for thinking only appeared in his films including love, near death injuries and even triads From humble beginnings to world wide stardom He along with Jeff Yang the co author , expresses himself with such honesty, transparency and at times even self deprecation when looking back at the highs and lows of his life and career This book was published in 1998 99, so just as Rush Hour was coming out Which is a shame as because I m writing this in 2020 this book has left me extremely eager to read about the years in between I ll be sure to pick up his other book released just a few years ago very soon but if you are a fan of Jackie Chan as I am, this book is a must.As Jackie admits himself in this book He is not the perfect person we may imagine and wish him to be and who is but what I can safely say after reading this, is he is one of the most passionate, hard working and down to earth people in the film industry and the chapter where he mentions sweeping up the office even when he is a big star pretty much sums up this book and his personality At times, the film industry and world as a whole needsof a Jackie Chan outlook to life to be sure, and maybe reading this, he may just influence you to take pride in the small things and appreciate people , no matter how rich or important you are


  6. Amy "the book-bat" Amy "the book-bat" says:

    Very interesting look at how Jackie Chan got his start The problem is, the book is 20 years old and there is a whole lotto his story now I would love an updated version of the book.


  7. Heaven Claussen Heaven Claussen says:

    Man I love reading these stories Such wonderful insight


  8. Brandon Miller Brandon Miller says:

    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.


  9. Hans Hans says:

    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 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 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 Why now 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


  10. Loralee Loralee says:

    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 19 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 Maybe two With a talented coauthor, Chan tells the story of his childhood in a school for Chinese opera beatings and 19 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 crazy like jumping off a 100 foot building to honor his childhood teacher, or failing to jump off a 50 foot clock tower 6 days in a row, so that on the 7th day he told his helper to help him hang from the hands of a clock and then leave, so there was nowhere to go but down The message you achieve success through hard work and originality


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10 thoughts on “I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action

  1. Jim Jim says:

    This is vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography The last third of the book, about Jackie Chan s rise to success, is interesting The best part of this book, however, covers his years of struggle And, wow, did he struggle.Jackie Chan was the son of poor, refugee parents in Hong Kong, who fostered him to a Chinese Opera school, a place like a Dickensian orphanage, but with flying spin kicks His teacher was manipulative and abusive Chan was beaten a lot, hungry most of the time, and This is vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography The last third of the book, about Jackie Chan s rise to success, is interesting The best part of this book, however, covers his years of struggle And, wow, did he struggle.Jackie Chan was the son of poor, refugee parents in Hong Kong, who fostered him to a Chinese Opera school, a place like a Dickensian orphanage, but with flying spin kicks His teacher was manipulative and abusive Chan was beaten a lot, hungry most of the time, and always lonely Yet, he credits his teacher and the school with giving him the abilities that would eventually make him a success 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 buying 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 The formula worked, and Jackie Chan became wildly successful.Also of interest is Chan s account of his struggles to break into the American film industry While Chan is stoical about it, it s evident that there is a great deal of latent prejudice in Hollywood Asian actors were not and often still aren t cast as leading men or women in their own right by the major studios Jackie Chan would become the top star in Asia, with a fan base that numbered in the billions, but for a long time American studios were fairly condescending toward him The heart of this book, the best part of it, is where Chan talks about his personal development Everyone says that Jackie Chan is a really nice guy, but Chan tells how success went to his head, how he became an arrogant jerk He tells how setbacks in his personal life humbled him However, the factor that had the biggest effect in shaping Jackie Chan is hard work.The incredible work ethic of the man is the unifying theme of this book 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


  2. Thejas Thejas says:

    DO OR DIE An ugly Chinese kid failing in school can that really happen , struggling to get decent food for survival becomes the biggest movie martial arts sensation of the world Other than rags to riches story, the inspiring idea is about risk taking If you do not take risks, you remain a nobody And that is what all his movies are about.


  3. Philberta Leung Philberta Leung says:

    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 Now, kung fu martial arts movies are not even remotely close to being my favorite movie genre, but I have to admit, once I finished this book, I was ALMOST itching to rend a Jackie Chan movie 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 To my surprise, I was immediately sucked in, and didn t stop reading until I was done with the entire book a day later Now, kung fu martial arts movies are not even remotely close to being my favorite movie genre, but I have to admit, once I finished this book, I was ALMOST itching to rend a Jackie Chan movie I have now added Drunken Master to my netflix list


  4. Jamesatkinson Jamesatkinson says:

    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 awesome.


  5. Tom Oldale Tom Oldale says:

    The passion and heart of the Jackie Chan we know and love oozes from the pages of this book It is an underdog story, an asian history lesson and a documentation in the world of cinema both in Hong Kong and the US, all written in a fast paced, entertaining and at times novelistic fashion Jackie Chan s life story is truly fascinating and filled with events you would be forgiven for thinking only appeared in his films including love, near death injuries and even triads From humble beginnings The passion and heart of the Jackie Chan we know and love oozes from the pages of this book It is an underdog story, an asian history lesson and a documentation in the world of cinema both in Hong Kong and the US, all written in a fast paced, entertaining and at times novelistic fashion Jackie Chan s life story is truly fascinating and filled with events you would be forgiven for thinking only appeared in his films including love, near death injuries and even triads From humble beginnings to world wide stardom He along with Jeff Yang the co author , expresses himself with such honesty, transparency and at times even self deprecation when looking back at the highs and lows of his life and career This book was published in 1998 99, so just as Rush Hour was coming out Which is a shame as because I m writing this in 2020 this book has left me extremely eager to read about the years in between I ll be sure to pick up his other book released just a few years ago very soon but if you are a fan of Jackie Chan as I am, this book is a must.As Jackie admits himself in this book He is not the perfect person we may imagine and wish him to be and who is but what I can safely say after reading this, is he is one of the most passionate, hard working and down to earth people in the film industry and the chapter where he mentions sweeping up the office even when he is a big star pretty much sums up this book and his personality At times, the film industry and world as a whole needsof a Jackie Chan outlook to life to be sure, and maybe reading this, he may just influence you to take pride in the small things and appreciate people , no matter how rich or important you are


  6. Amy "the book-bat" Amy "the book-bat" says:

    Very interesting look at how Jackie Chan got his start The problem is, the book is 20 years old and there is a whole lotto his story now I would love an updated version of the book.


  7. Heaven Claussen Heaven Claussen says:

    Man I love reading these stories Such wonderful insight


  8. Brandon Miller Brandon Miller says:

    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.


  9. Hans Hans says:

    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 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 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 Why now 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


  10. Loralee Loralee says:

    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 19 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 Maybe two With a talented coauthor, Chan tells the story of his childhood in a school for Chinese opera beatings and 19 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 crazy like jumping off a 100 foot building to honor his childhood teacher, or failing to jump off a 50 foot clock tower 6 days in a row, so that on the 7th day he told his helper to help him hang from the hands of a clock and then leave, so there was nowhere to go but down The message you achieve success through hard work and originality


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