Like a few other of these columns, this one comes with an asterisk. While I applaud Jackie Chan for still making action movies well into his sixties, there are things about him now that bug me. For one thing, he’s never seemed too interested in a US career, and he’s phoned-in many of his American films, which steadily got worse after the early promise of SHANGHAI NOON and the first RUSH HOUR. Still, as long as his legit Chinese movies are good, who cares, right?
This brings me to my second, real problem with Jackie Chan nowadays, that he’s become an arch-conservative part of the mainland Chinese establishment, going so far as to advocate the death penalty for marijuana dealing, even though his own son Jaycee got busted with the drug (and served time in jail). Perhaps this is all part of Chan trying to play nice with the authorities in order to keep making movies his way (which makes a certain amount of sense as the Chinese audience has exploded) but other actors like Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat are able to work in the system without seeming like conservative hawks.
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