I think it’s safe to say that we all know and love Jackie Chan. His work has entertained us for years. It’s difficult today to find someone that hasn’t watched films like Rush Hour, Shanghai Knights or Forbidden Kingdom but before Chan ever made it big in Hollywood, he was a star in Asia – and rightfully so.
Jackie Chan became a household name for doing things that very few other action stars did at the time; mixing action with comedy and doing all of his own stunts.
He even had a successful singing career in Japan! -
But before Chan could reach international stardom and trade bruises for CGI and wires – he had to do a little bit of everything to prove himself worthy. Here are ten scenes that helped carve his name into the record books as one of the greatest action heroes of all time.
10. Crime Story (1993)
We start off with one of Jackie Chan’s first serious action films that was based on a real life unsolved kidnapping case in Hong Kong. Despite one scene where a fat guy takes off his airplane belt prematurely and hilariously (and in a fast forward manner) falls all the way into the cockpit, this Hong Kong classic is a gritty drama centered around Jackie Chan’s character who is an Inspector suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after seeing some of his fellow cops die in the line of duty.
In this harrowing and extravagant fight scene, Chan has found out the identity of one of the culprits, but he does so in a very dangerous neighborhood where Triads can be found in every corner. What transpires is a scene so filled with stylistic yet realistic action that it makes all the Bourne movies give a run for their money.
Again, what made Jackie Chan stand out from other action heroes is that he was far from unbeatable. When an array of villains attack, Chan has to stay on the defense.
This article was first posted on April 23, 2013