As I write this I am less than 24 hours away from seeing this international action star introduce one of his finest martial films, Legend of Drunken Master
, here in Toronto on Wednesday night.
As a primer I've discovered that Jackie Chan is planning a stage musical adaptation of his biography I Am Jackie Chan: My Life In Action
Chan said the musical will be told through his voice as narrator of his life, focusing on his early youth, his time spent performing acrobatics with the children's performance group the Seven Little Fortunes and his quest to step out from behind the shadow of the iconic Bruce Lee.
If you follow the Chinese entertainment industry long enough you know that a lot of the time the music and film industries go hand in hand. Many stars cross over and dabble in both forms and Jackie Chan is no exception. He was raised in the Chinese opera and has expressed a love for musicals from an early age. Color me intrigued. We expect our Hong Kong based writer/editor James Marsh to be front and center on opening night!
Jackie Chan will be in Toronto to present some of his best martial arts films as part of the A Century of Chinese Cinema
program at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Specifically his films are part of SWORDSMEN, GANGSTERS AND GHOSTS: THE EVOLUTION OF GENRE CINEMA, which we here at ScreenAnarchy are pleased as punch to be presenting.
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