Jackie Chan

How Jackie Chan wins

Tony Zhou’ video is genius, as are the nine principles of action comedy he’s identified:

  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

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Movie Night: House Of Flying Daggers

I’ve been a fan of Zhang Yimou’s[1] films since, well, for a while now. But I’m also a huge kung fu fan — Jackie Chan especially — so House of Flying Daggers was quite a treat. It’s not that I didn’t like Hero, or that Daggers was particularly funny. To the contrary, it’s tale of […] » about 200 words

Bad Movie, Verboten Subject?

I’m embarrassed to be in the middle of Fantasy Mission Force, a kung fu movie that demonstrates a brand of Asian humor that I haven’t yet learned to appreciate. I’m watching it because I’m a sucker for Jackie Chan flicks and Netflix makes it too easy to queue up bad movies. David Chute wrote the […] » about 400 words