Starring Jackie Chan

Starring Jackie Chan

10 Episodes

Marrying the daredevil physical comedy of Buster Keaton with the martial-arts mastery of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan is an international icon whose awe-inspiring stunt work and acrobatic grace set a new standard for action spectacle. Working his way up through the Hong Kong film industry of the 1970s as a stuntman, Chan achieved stardom when he combined his thrilling fight choreography with slapstick mayhem in early vehicles like HALF A LOAF OF KUNG FU and SPIRITUAL KUNG FU. Making the leap to director with THE FEARLESS HYENA and THE YOUNG MASTER, Chan embarked on a dazzling run of 1980s successes that culminated with POLICE STORY and its sequel, blockbuster megahits in which his death-defying, adrenaline-rush set pieces reached new heights of giddy virtuosity.

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Starring Jackie Chan
  • Starring Jackie Chan Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Introducing Jackie Chan

    Episode 2

    This new introduction by New York Asian Film Festival cofounder and author Grady Hendrix was recorded in 2019.

  • Half a Loaf of Kung Fu

    Episode 3

    Directed by Chen Chi-hwa • 1978 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, Doris Lung Chun-Erh, James Tien

    Like a live-action comic book, this antic farce lets Jackie Chan, choreographing his own fight sequences, cut loose with a wild parody of the martial-arts genre. He plays a bumbling wannabe kung-fu ...

  • Spiritual Kung Fu

    Episode 4

    Directed by Lo Wei • 1978 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, James Tien, Wu Wen-siu

    Jackie Chan’s kung-fu clowning gets a supernatural twist in this off-the-wall action fantasy. He stars as a cheeky student at a Shaolin temple who must fight to protect his order, with help from some unexpected me...

  • The Fearless Hyena

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jackie Chan • 1979 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, James Tien, Yen Shi-kwan

    An auteur emerges as Jackie Chan—working for the first time as director, in addition to serving as cowriter, lead actor, and martial-arts choreographer—takes full charge of his on-screen image. Perfecting t...

  • The Young Master

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jackie Chan • 1980 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao, Wai Pak

    Jackie Chan’s second directorial effort was also a film of important firsts: his first for upstart studio Golden Harvest and his first with cowriter Edward Tang, who would become a key collaborator. The star-film...

  • Fearless Hyena II

    Episode 7

    Directed by Chan Chuen • 1983 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, Austin Wai Tin-chi, Yen Shi-kwan

    By the early 1980s, Jackie Chan’s popularity made him box-office gold. Thus when, midway through filming the sequel to his hit THE FEARLESS HYENA, Chan walked off the production to defect to rival st...

  • My Lucky Stars

    Episode 8

    Directed by Sammo Hung • 1985 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

    Longtime friends Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao—who had worked together since childhood as part of a Beijing opera troupe—join forces for this rollicking blend of action thrills and lunatic humor, which...

  • Police Story

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jackie Chan • 1985 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung

    The jaw-dropping set pieces fly fast and furious in Jackie Chan’s breathtakingly inventive martial-arts comedy, a smash hit that made him a worldwide icon of daredevil action spectacle. The director/s...

  • Police Story 2

    Episode 10

    Directed by Jackie Chan • 1988 • Hong Kong
    Starring Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung

    Jackie Chan followed up the massive success of POLICE STORY with an even bigger box-office hit. Having been demoted to a lowly traffic cop for his, ahem, unorthodox policing methods, Chan’s go-it-alone officer Ka-K...