Jackie Chan discussed his legendary career and introduced his new film Chinese Zodiac at a one-of-a-kind event at Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The Jackie Chan Experience continues 6/23 - 6/27 with a retrospective of his most memorable films, co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival!
Tickets & more info: filmlinc.com/jackiechan
07:55 - Jackie comes out, says Thank You speech
12:00 - Why did you decide you wanted to be a director? Chan: "As an actor you can't always do what you want," "I'm not Bruce Lee," "I want to be myself."
14:43 - Did you find directing hard or did you think 'this is a lot of fun?'
17:15 - How important is the script in your movies?
22:25 - Little Big Soldier took 20 years to develop. "I want children to learn something from my movie. It's very important."
24:10 - When did you start to need moral messages in your movies?
27:20 - Chan: "I want to tell the world good people and bad people are everywhere" (regardless of ethnicity) "There's only one people. Earth people." "We have responsibility for the world and society."
30:40 - Does it get harder to find a movie you want to commit to? Chan explains his answer (yes) and starts with Rush Hour 4 development, and then mentions a potential future Will Smith project. Chan wants to make a movie in protest of the land mines in Cambodia.
33:15 - What did you learn to do/not to do from the three directors you first worked with early in your career?
36:20 - Chan on the differences between his directing styles then and now
38:40 - Do you ever watch any of your films?
40:50 - Is there any film that you can watch and enjoy and not see all the problems?
41:00 - Chan visits the set of Avatar
44:00 - Filmmaking in Hong Kong, and the Jackie Chan system of Filmmaking
Additional camerawork by Adrian Rothschild.