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COMM1035 – ASIAN CINEMAS
S3240420 – Ahmad Rizki Sati
Major Essay
Question 6
Although the official image of Hong Kong presented by the Hong Kong tourism board and the depiction of the city in the cinema are often at odds, the interconnections between tourism and film cannot be denied or ignored. That Jackie Chan has been Hong Kong’s official tourism ambassador since 1995 is indeed not a matter of coincidence: Jackie Chan is a brand-name unto itself, and a star brand, no less. By discussing the celebrity of Chan condier how he sells Hong Kong as a destination by relying on a particular look and sense of action and excitement.

An Asian figure can be defined as a famous or important role to the image of Asia and also the Asian culture throughout the world. At this very moment, many Asian people all over the world has been contributing not only in the area of social life, but also others. Politicians like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, sports stars like Yao Ming and Jeremy Lin, has proved to the entire population of the world that Asian people are not only rising but also contributing to the image of Asia. Those people are a prime example of a prominent Asian figure that the young generation of Asian people should look up to in order to make a change to the stereotypical look of Asians. In fact, there are many Asian people all over the world who has made a name for themselves and contributing in bringing up the image of Asia in various and multiple ways. In this essay, actor, martial artist, director, action choreographer, stunt director, stunt performer and singer Jackie Chan will be discussed in depth and detail about how he has contributed to the changing image of Asia and Asian culture in the world and how he sells Hong Kong as a destination by relying on a particular look and sense of action.

Firstly, a brief history of Jackie Chan should be introduced before proceeding into the details of his contributions. Jackie Chan was born on April 7, 1954 in Victoria Peak, Hong Kong (Hatch: 2006). Originally named Chan Kwong-sang, which means ‘Born in Hong Kong’, he was also born in the year of the Horse according to the Chinese calendar. Jackie Chan was a multi talented person as he was not only an actor but also a stuntman and director whose perilous acrobatic stunts and engaging physical humor made him an action-film star in Asia and helped to bring kung fu movies into the mainstream of American cinema. In his movies, he was known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. Also, Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films. In the 1950s, communist rose to power and ended the rule of the emperors’ in China. Fearing that this big change would lead to violence, ‘some Chinese people fled, including Jackie Chan’s parents, Charles and Lee-lee Chan, who later worked for the French Ambassador as cleaners and lived in the back of the house, in two small, windowless rooms’ (Stone: 2007). Since at a very young age, Chan and his father practiced Kung Fu together because his father believes that it might help Jackie build up his courage and character as a person. When he was 7 years old, his parents enrolled him at the China Drama Academy called the ‘Peking Opera School’, where he learned martial arts, acting, acrobatics, and also singing. ‘He spent the next 10 years of his life there, under the guidance of Master Yu Jim-Yuen, who became his godfather after his parents migrated to Australia’ (Ollhoff: 2008). Jackie Chan’s Career started at the age of 21, where Willie Chan, who eventually became his manager and best friend offered him to act in one of Willie’s films called ‘New Fist of Fury’. In 1978, Jackie starred in his first big hit, ‘Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow’ and the hugely successful ‘Drunken Master came soon after. In both movies, Jackie broke martial arts and Bruce Lee traditions. Jackie Chan came to represent the global image of ‘Hong...
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