Master gave Jackie a new name, Yuen Lo. 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. 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. And the voices for others, like Kung Fu Panda. Other than rags to riches story, the inspiring idea is about risk taking. The book loses a lot of steam once Jackie becomes well-known. Wisdom Quotes for Daily Living.
I got what I expected. I got what I expected. Since it is an autobiography, I felt like he was sitting right across from me, telling me all about his life. I got what I expected. The cultural shift of movies taking over the traditional arts brought Jackie Chan to the world of film. Although the work was hard, the students were motivated to keep going.
I think this has made me interested to read more autobiographies since the last one I read was also entertaining Open by Andre Agassi. A refreshing change of pace from the last auto-biography I read, Schwarzenegger's Total Recall. As your reading you don't feel like your reading, its more like your watching a Jackie Chan action movie. Our english teacher assigned us a project that had to be done on an autobiography, so after searching the library at our school with little luck I found Jackie's book at the last minute, so i ran on impulse. The book also features lots of lovely old pictures of Jackie growing up as well as some pictures of his films. However, I proclaim that there is a deep vein of ore to mine from Jackie Chan's entry into the genre. How the paradise that young Jackie so eagerly embraced proved to be, in reality, a ruthlessly competitive place whose fierce master wielded the legal authority to train his students even to death.
That guy trained a house of orphans to do martial arts so strictly it would be called child abuse in today's standards. Inside, he sees young boys and girls leaping and tumbling and screaming. If you do not take risks, you remain a nobody. To my surprise, I was immediately sucked in, and didn't stop reading until I was done with the entire book a day later. You can ask in our Weekly Recommendation Thread, consult our or page, or post in. I was surprised to learn Jackie Chan was sold to the Chinese Opera when he was a child because his parents couldn't afford to support him. I got what I expected.
But who really is this boyishly handsome, lightning-fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts movie-making? I got what I expected. Jackie reminisces over too many heartbreaks to be of much interest to his core Action fans, reveals too little of the films he has worked on to be of interest to Hong Kong movie fans. But who really is this boyishly handsome, lightning-fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts movie-making? I have the updated edition of the biography which contains new information and was released during the time when Jackie was making the first Rush Hour movie. From his humble beginings as the son of a cook and a cleaner all the way to his current 'superstar' status - with everything between. Can't believe how much I enjoyed this, when I have only ever seen one Jackie Chan movie in my life. Makes me wonder if he really is the last true kung fu performer like that, that can do his own stunts, since that kind of training has to be outlawed by now.
Chan was beaten a lot, hungry most of the time, and This is vastly superior to the typical celebrity biography. Inside, he sees paradise--young boys and girls leaping and tumbling and flashing the steel of ancient weapons. That part is believable I suppose. For more than 20 years, he has been the biggest star in Asia, but in the West he remained a secret, his movies passed around on tape and his fame growing by word of mouth alone. How he broke into the Hollywood big time by breaking almost every bone in his body. I thumbed my nose at authority, laughing in the faces of hotel managers and haughty waiters, putting my feet up on the tables.
I got what I expected. His autobiography, I Am Jackie Chan, answers those questions in an engaging, almost novelistic style. How the dying art of Chinese opera led Jackie to the movie business. What is your favourite Jackie Chan movie? C52A3 1998 Dewey Decimal 791. Some of the friends he had growing up actually also got into the filming career also! I took the book to work and read, on backpacking trips, ect. It was a style he would develop in later films and it went a long way to extinguishing the long line of bleak, Fist of Fury inspired revenge flicks that propagated the seventies.
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. The book begins with Jackie about to plunge 250 feet down the side of a skyscraper the main stunt in Jackie's recent film 'Who Am I? Jackie became determined to work hard to become a stunt coordinator. I got what I expected. I liked seeing a side of Jackie Chan that I wouldn't expect to see. Chien's courses in Chinese history in fact, it might have been an option in the Modern Chinese History class , so I liked it as much as I did for the clarity of the memory it invoked.
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 1950s Hong Kong became As one of the biggest stars to burst into U. In that time, dozens of films, including Shanghai Noon, Around the World in 80 Days as Passepartout , The Forbidden Kingdom, The Karate Kid have lit our screens. And how he broke into Hollywood big time by breaking almost every bone in his body. Asian actors were not and often still aren't cast as leading men or women in their own right by the major studios. The best part of this book, however, covers his years of struggle. This book has given me a new insight on a man I have admired since my early childhood.