Jackie Chan to fight Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom...Woo Hoo!

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The burning question that I'm sure fans of the martial arts genre is dying to know is if Jacke Chan will fight Jet Li in The Forbidden Kingdom, an upcoming fantasy film currently in production. According to Jackie Chan's official site on his May 9th blog entry, Jackie talks about their first on-screen duel:

Today I finally “fought” with Jet Li. Although we have known each other for so many years, we have never fought with each other, but the short fight that we filmed today went very smoothly. It was as if we were brothers from the same kung fu school; every movement, punch, and kick was smooth – we could anticipate each others' moves, timing, and rhythm. I felt like I used to feel when I fought with Sammo Hung or Yuen Biao. Whether it was eye-contact, a facial expression, or a turn, we were very much in harmony and it was really terrific!

Although I hadn’t worked with our action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping in many years, all of us worked so well together that what was supposed to be a day-long filming was accomplished in just a few hours.

People always ask who would win in a fight between Jet Li and me. Since this is my diary, I will of course say that Jet Li would win ha ha ha! I always insist that you can learn something from everyone you meet no matter if he’s an unskilled laborer or a superstar. Chinese expression: “When three people get together, one can be my teacher.”

As a big fan of both these talented action star, I been longing to see this dream match-up happen for years. Jackie's comment on the fight got me very excited like a giggly school girl clamouring over a boy band. Another reason I'm excited is legendary action cheorgrapher Yuen Woo Ping is onboard who never fails to impress me. Here's hoping these guys can recapture the magic as in the heydays when Hong Kong action films were the f-ing $#!t

[Source: Jackiechan.com]

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jiggamanMay 20, 2007 10:17 AM

if only that happened 10 years ago. Both guys are over the hill and maxed out. Anyways, can't be worse than Jackie Chan vs what's his name in "The Myth"

Rhythm-XMay 20, 2007 10:30 AM

If you're not excited about this, not even a little tiny bit, then you have no soul. It's Jackie Chan vs Jet Li, for Christ's sake. It's actually going to finally happen. That's a milestone. If this comes off, there's only one place for Jackie to go from here in the name of fanboy appeasement, and that's into a full-on Three Brothers/opera school reunion with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Cory Yuen, Yuen Qui, and Yuen Bun. Sammo directs, with a generous budget and shooting schedule. You hear me, Jackie? You have to do it now that you've fought Jet Li. Do it for the children, Jackie... the ones who grew up on the 80s classics. Anyone who ever watched a Hong Kong movie knows that every badass has to do one last big job before he can relax into the good life, and this is yours.

Robin LøvliMay 20, 2007 10:38 PM

Too bad it he said it will be short. I sure hope they film another fight scenes between them.

WillMay 20, 2007 11:18 PM

Too bad this is for some crappy kids movie that I won't give a damn about.

danielMay 20, 2007 11:27 PM

No offense to anyone, but why does everyone insist on thinking this is going to be a "return to the good old days" of HK action? Yes, Jackie and Jet are 2 of the gods of fight films, but this is an American studio producing a children's adventure film with them in it. This is not going to be Drunken Master 3 or OUATIC 7 this is going to be Warriors of Virtue. Jackie and Donnie Yen have fought twice in relatively recent films, Shanghai Knights and Twins Effect II (which also had Yuen Woo Ping I believe) and you don't see those touted as "ass kicking"

Al YoungMay 20, 2007 11:54 PM

Twins Effect II was done by Cory Yuen actually. I must admit there are many factors that can go wrong with the film but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt because I WANT it to be good, dammit..dare to dream...Yeah, I know I can come off sounding like a fanboy sometimes.

jakeMay 21, 2007 9:22 PM

Like other's of mentioned, this is going to suck really, really bad.

It's 1) a kids movie, 2) with American editing, 3) it's a kid's movie.

ArdvarkMay 22, 2007 9:33 PM

For the record I liked Shanghai Knights for the silly caper it was, but when Donnie Yen and Jackie fought I couldn't help but notice how much faster Donnie seemed to be.

Like, Jackie would need 0.2 seconds to pummel me into oblivion while Donnie would only need 0.15 without changing his facial expression (Jackie's way would be funnier though, and he'd probably injure himself so I could watch it again in the end credits).