Some filmmakers can do action. Others can do comedy. But for 40 years, the master of combining them has been Jackie Chan. Let's see how he does it. (Note: to see the names of the films, press the CC button!)

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The 9 Principles of Action Comedy
1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE
2. Use the ENVIRONMENT
3. Be CLEAR in your shots
4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame
5. Do as many TAKES as necessary
6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM
7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit
8. PAIN is humanizing
9. Earn your FINISH

Five Jackie Chan Fights (An Introduction)
Wheels on Meals - Benny vs Jackie (youtube.com/watch?v=eI2dzMEzX2w)
Police Story - Mall Finale (youtube.com/watch?v=Xk4dUq4zE_o)
Police Story 2 - The Playground (youtube.com/watch?v=BTvRS9Khd5w)
Miracles - The Rope Factory (youtube.com/watch?v=Bn1n5dI1uB4)
Drunken Master 2 - Finale (youtube.com/watch?v=WEt4B1poOfM)

Music:
Jackie Chan - Police Story Theme
Ash - Kung Fu
Chow Fu-liang - 8 Drunken Gods (Main Theme)
Jackie Chan - Who Am I? Theme
David Tao - Fantasy Mission Force

Interview Clips:
Jackie Chan interview on filmmaking: youtube.com/watch?v=ft43yyuuoYk
Bey Logan talks about Project A: youtube.com/watch?v=TT_0Q6GNgWk
An Evening with Jackie Chan: youtube.com/watch?v=2ikrj5HwCzw
Jackie Chan - My Stunts: youtube.com/watch?v=VYpwwYojns0

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  • Paul T Layland

    Love!

    by Paul T Layland

  • E L

    Thanks, thanks, thanks! It's great to understand the science behind the art, and to know why some things work and some don't. Until today, I didn't understand why I love Jackie Chan's Hong Kong movies, but hate his American ones.

    And I knew there was something going on in Snowpiercer, but couldn't wrap my head around it.

    by E L

  • Wyatt Otero

    I like movies so much it makes my stomach hurt. Im so glad theres another that feels the same.

    by Wyatt Otero

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