I AM JACKIE CHAN - MY LIFE IN ACTION

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Jackie Chan with Jeff Yang, Pan Books, UK, 1999, softcover, 356 pages.

 

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"I am standing in the sky on the roof of a glass and steel office tower in Rotterdam. There are twenty-one floors of air between me and the concrete pavement below. I am about to do what I do best. I am about to jump."

 

Jackie Chan is 'the biggest martial arts movie start of all time' (GQ) - in fact, he probably has more frans than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Jean-Claude Van Damme combined! His breathless, death-defying, stunts are the highlights of over forty films, including such adrenaline-charged hits as Rumble in the Bronx, Supercop, Operation: Condor and Rush Hour. But who is this boyishly handsome, lightening-fast Charlie Chaplin of martial arts moviemaking? And what possessed him to make a career out of putting his life on the line to keep us on the edge of our seats?

 

I Am Jackie Chan is the fascinating, harrowing and ultimately triumphant story of how the rebellious son of refugees in turbulent 1950s Hong Kong came to be a legend. After an almost Dickensian childhood (his parents nearly sold him to the doctor who delivered him!), he was apprenticed to a ruthless Chinese opera master.  He survived the ordeals of incredibly hard discipline and was led from this dying art to the world of the movies, to be 'discovered' by the great director John Woo. His charisma and panache soon lead him from stuntman to superstar, breaking into the Hollywood big time by breaking almost every bone in his body.

 

Jackie Chan is known to billions through film and video. Written with Jeff Yang, this witty, poignant and often astonishing book is the only authorized inside, first person story of the world's number one action star, in his own words.

 

 

Condition: Good, cover has minor dings and stubbed corners.

 

 


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