What can you not say about the man, the legend, Jackie Chan? He has done it all. He is an accomplished actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, director, and so much more. 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. But more importantly, he has given us some of the best kung fu action films of all time. Japan Cinema counts down the Top 10 Jackie Chan films of all time starting with the number 10 film:
Shanghai Knights took me by great surprise and turned out to be even better, much more fun, better fights, then the first one. I personally think that Jackie Chan is incredible, the gags are brilliant, and the Singing in the Rain fight sequence will make you say ooh and ow! And the martial arts styles of Fann Wong and Donnie Yen are no slouch either! So, never mind the anachronisms, just prepare to admire Jackie Chan.
Jackie Chan is a special operative, part of an elite military unit who are employed to capture a group of scientist working on a potent force that can be a power source or a weapon of mass destruction. Chan is excellent in the lead and is a real wonder to watch – I wish I could move like him now…never mind when I’m his age. His ability at both martial arts and comedy helps this film immensely. It is hard to fault him for effort.
The action scenes in the movie make any similar scenes from the average Hollywood action pic look puny. A pure action film that shouldn’t be mistaken for intellectual viewing. The fight scenes are done with imagination and passion. Project A combines a complex, twisting plot, a nice historical period setting, typical Chan humor, and of course, many breathtaking fight and stunt sequences. One not to be missed by all of Jackie’s fans.
Lee is a body guard to the Chinese ambassador and is also a close friend, he also is a teacher to his daughter, Soo Yong. The ambassador goes to the United States with his daughter, but she is kidnapped by an evil man of the Chinese Consol. Chris and Jackie are such a great team, I was really impressed with their chemistry. Although the sequels weren’t on the same caliber, I will always remember this one with fond memories.
Rumble in the Bronx was the surprise box office hit of 1996, it made the West sit up and take notice of an exceptional talent they had long overlooked. Furthermore, I think that, of all the protagonists he’s played, Chan’s character here is the closest to being a true hero of the highest caliber – incorruptible, unstoppable, compassionate, smart – if all our heroes were like this, this would be a different world; if we were all like this, it would be heaven. Awesome flick all around.
This spin-off of Supercop is one of my favorite Hong Kong action movies. There’s also a sympathetic subplot about a Hong Kong cop who’s attracted to Yeoh but feels intimidated by both her and her fiancé. The action sequences are all superbly executed, credibly grounding their martial arts in the actors’ own athletic abilities. It’s jam packed with action, drama, terrific fight scenes. In all it’s a great movie because everyone in the movie knows what they’re doing and did very well.
New Police Story tells of a cop who has managed to solve the toughest cases for the Hong Kong police force. So much so that he gains a bit of cockiness. New Police Story’ shows how top production values, and fine action direction can turn a pretty moronic screenplay into an entertaining action movie. At age 50, Chan steals the show. The film’s tone is much rougher than anything Chan has done recently, established by a harrowing sequence in which he’s forced to play a series of ‘games’ with Wu and his cohorts in order to save the lives of his devastated squad members.
The movie is about Thomas and David, two Chinese guys who run a successful food truck business in Spain. For me, Wheels on Meals represents the ultimate combination of comedy kung fu and naive slapstick humor. In the closing credit don’t miss the bloopers, watching the bloopers the admiration we feel for the great Jackie increases. But Jackie not only uses his legs and fists to make you laugh he puts some funny faces that could make people fall off their seats laughing.
Today chan´s fight scenes are still nicely planned but he begins to grow old, and his actions appear to be less fluid than in the past. In this piece, everything seems to be so easy, and there at least four stunts that you will dream of in the following night. A scene where Chan flees on motorcycle from the villains through the cramped city streets is one of the most exciting chase scenes on film. Chan gambles with his life in every stunt and action sequence making for an exuberant film that must be seen to fully appreciate Hong Kong action cinema.
This is it. The single greatest Kung Fu movie ever made. Jackie Chan is one of the few actors/actresses in modern cinema history that can both be taken seriously and lightly. We see Chan at his playful side, especially when he is drunk. But, take away the smile, watch him pose, and you will fear him. This movie succeeds at all levels. It doesn’t promise any hidden agenda and fail to deliver. It promises a martial arts packed movie with dazzling stunts and comedy to boot…and it works.
There you have it. One of the best actors of all time, Jackie Chan! Sound off in the comments section and let me know what your thoughts are!