Hollywood Reporter: Jackie Chan touts success of ‘Dragon Blade,’ declares his patriotism

The Hollywood Reporter:

Hong Kong action legend Jackie Chan celebrated the success of his latest historical action movie Dragon Blade, which this week passed the $80 million threshold in China, and responded to accusations of nationalism by saying he was a proud patriot.

Chan stars as the commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius to protect China’s borders and sovereignty, which has prompted accusations that Chan is playing the patriotic card in the hunt for box-office success.

I have always been a patriot. Is it wrong? If people are cursed for being a patriot, please curse me,” Chan told M1905, the official web site of state broadcaster CCTV’s movie channel CCTV6.”Seven years ago, I wanted to do this film. I didn’t make the film because the government policy wants to protect the Silk Road. I am ahead of them. I hope chairman Xi (Jinping) gets to watch this film.”

Dragon Blade was the big winner of the Lunar New Year holiday to welcome the Year of the Goat, taking $72 million in its first six days in the country.

Starring Chan, Cusack and Brody and directed by Daniel Lee, Dragon Blade is based on a story about a missing legion of Roman soldiers that traveled into China in 48 BC. The cast also includes South Korea‘s Choi Si-won, member of the K-pop band Super Junior, who previously appeared in Battle of Wits.

Cusack plays Lucius, a Roman general who led a legion of 1,000 soldiers into Han Dynasty China. Brody plays Tiberius, who after assassinating Rome’s Consul Crassus chases after Lucius with a force of 100,000 soldiers.

Chan was speaking at an event in Beijing to celebrate Dragon Blade passing the 500 million yuan ($80 million) mark. Chan went on to say that he doesn’t care about box office or online promotion. “I don’t understand e-commerce. After I finish shooting, it’s finished,” he said.

Chan recently welcomed his son Jaycee home from jail by giving him a haircut. Jaycee Chan‘s long locks seemed to have survived his six months in jail after being convicted of drugs charges, having been caught up in the government’s aggressive anti-narcotics campaign.

 

Bruce Lee biopic being developed by daughter Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee, the daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, recently announced her plans in developing a definitive biopic about the late action star. The currently untitled film will be capturing the life and legacy of Bruce Lee in a way that many previous films failed to do, firstly, by being fully supported by Lee’s family.

Shannon remarked that:

There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry… They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing like-minded partners to work with.

The biopic is set for a big Hollywood release with big-budget production by Bruce Lee Entertainment, which launched last year in honor of Lee’s contribution to film and culture. The company plans to release the film as the its inaugural project.

Meet Afghan Bruce Lee

http://kotaku.com/damn-this-afghan-guy-looks-like-bruce-lee-1669226493

 Audrey Magazine:

Abbas Alizada, a 20-year-old from Kabul, Afghanistan, is nicknamed “Afghan Bruce Lee” and there’s reason for it. Not only are his physical features strikingly reminiscent of the legendary martial artist, but his practice of martial arts are similar as well.

 

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Videos and photos of him posted on his Facebook page show him in Bruce Lee’s famous “about to attack” pose, doing backflips, and delighting anyone who has seen Fist of Fury. These posts have gained lots of attention and he is now internet-famous in Afghanistan’s smaller internet community.

Alizada hopes this will only be the start. “I want to be a champion in my country and a Hollywood star,” Alizada told the Japan Times.

 

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In his pursuit of fame, however, he rejects the name Bruce Hazara given to him by friends. Instead, he remains with his roots and ethnicity, preferring to be known as the Afghan Bruce Lee, especially in a country so divided.

From a family of ten children, Alizada never had enough money for him to study martial arts.

According to Reuters, the school’s trainer decided to teach him anyway after seeing his promise.

 

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As Alizada’s home country continues to be shaken by violence and controversy, he tries to contribute by showing the different dimensions of his homeland. “The destruction here makes me sad, but it also inspires me,” he told Reuters. “The only news that comes from Afghanistan is about war… I am happy that my story is a positive one.

How to Do Action Comedy, featuring Jackie Chan

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1PCtIaM_GQ

Jackie Chan‘s comedic style needs no introduction, seamlessly blending action and comedy in his light-hearted kung fu films that have time and again enraptured audiences over the course of his decades-long career. However, as shown by Tony Zhou of YouTube channel Every Frame A Painting, that seamlessness is the result of no small amount of blood, sweat and an obsessive pursuit of perfection by Jackie Chan himself.

In this in-depth analysis of everything from the plot, framing, musicality and unadulterated ingenuity of his fight scenes, you will leave with a newfound appreciation of Jackie Chan’s mastery of his craft, as well as the areas in which American action films and editing techniques are still sorely lacking.

Enjoy the video above and check out the rest of Every Frame A Painting over here.

The Ultimate Throwback: Childhood photos of your favorite Asian celebs

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Audrey Magazine:

Remember that awkward pre-teen stage? No matter how many times you try to forget that horrid chapter of your life, the mental images are probably burned into your memory. Well we have some good news. Everyone goes through strange childhood stage. Everyone. That includes some of your most favorite Asian celebrities!

So if you still feel like you’re going through an awkward phase, check out the photos below. Some of the most gorgeous Asian celebs had their facepalm moments too. There’s still hope for all of us!

 


 

1. Steven Yeun

Then:

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2. Sandra Oh

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3. Brenda Song 

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4. Vanessa Hudgens 
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5. Bruno Mars 
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6. Kristen Kreuk
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7. Mindy Kaling
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8. Jackie Chan
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9. Daniel Henney
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10. Jenna Ushkowitz
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Happy 60th Birthday, Jackie Chan

 

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Who doesn’t love Jackie Chan?

Well, today is his 60th birthday and apparently he is loved enough for someone to have created an Infographic for him, with quite a few interesting facts you might not have know about good ol’ Jackie!

 

Happy 60th Birthday, Jackie Chan picture

(Canadian Pharmacy King)

 

Check out this link:

 

Happy 60th Birthday, Jackie Chan