The Biggest Challenge in Making 'Dragon Blade'

Excerpts from an email interview with Jackie, from Business Insider (Yahoo):


“I’ve been very fortunate that my recent films have all been hits in China,” Chan told Business Insider via email. “Audiences are willing to take a risk on me, knowing that I’ll give them something different every time.”


Chan takes the blame for the long delay; he says he had to find an opening in his schedule to take on “Dragon Blade.” But he points out that if it wasn’t for the delay, they likely wouldn’t have gotten Brody as his co-star.

“One day I got a message, out of the blue, from Adrien Brody asking if we will ever have the chance to work together,” Chan recalled. “I told him I was preparing to make this movie and that we could work together right away. I sent him the synopsis in the morning and got a call that night agreeing to work together. It was fate.”

Chan complimented Brody’s dedication to training for the fight sequences. The Oscar winner asked Chan for videos of sword fighting so he could practice the techniques with a broom before he arrived in China.

Cusack, however, needed a little more work.

“John is really good at kickboxing but not very experienced with weapons,” wrote Chan, who said he had to teach Cusack from scratch how to use the swords and knives his character handles in the film.

Though Chan added, “When it comes to acting, there isn’t anything I can teach him.”

Chan said the greatest challenge when making “Dragon Blade” was the setting. Shot in the Gobi Desert, the heat and sandstorms took a toll on everyone. “Just keeping your eyes open during the fighting scenes was painful,” said Chan, who during the sandstorms assisted in keeping the horses calm.



Dragon Blade Interviews

Finally got round to watching some of these...


Sunset Blvd

Rare pictures of Jackie on Sunset Boulevard in LA promoting "Battle Creek Brawl".


Poster: Drunken Master

Japanese poster for Drunken Master - just love that dragon but am very confused about the girl and the gun it is swallowing (or spitting out) ...


NY Post Article

Selected extracts from an article in the NY Post today. To read the full article follow the link below.


The Hong Kong-born star, now 61, is still making movies — most of which are released in Asia — but nonstop action isn’t necessarily his thing anymore.

“All those years ago I was jumping off tall buildings and leaping off moving buses. So stupid,” Chan tells The Post.

“So, I’ve had to change. It’s not about getting older.”

Nowadays, his films fall in many different genres.

“When you look at my previous films, I was fighting from the opening credits to the closing credits,” he says.

“But now [audiences] care about the plot, so I’ve had to adjust my style. And I’ve realized that with a strong story, even a single punch can make the audience cheer.”


“I don’t consider myself an action star anymore,” Chan says.

“I’ve been trying to broaden my range, including my role in ‘Dragon Blade.’ I hope that people consider me an actor who does action rather than just an action star. You can expect to see me in many different roles in my forthcoming films.”


What most Americans — who predominantly know Chan for the “Rush Hour” films — may not realize is that the actor is among the more well-known and influential figures in China, with a sprawling business empire and a sizeable fortune.


In the early 2000s, Chan hired a consultant to help him make money off his name, hoping to change his luck after the actor lost “several million, then millions again” in the 1980s investing in car repair shops, gift shops and restaurants. Chan was soon hawking a branded line of chocolates and oatcakes, and had satellite California Fitnesses in Asia named for him.

He now owns a fast-growing chain of movie theaters, Jackie Chan Cinema, that has 213 screens across China. The first location, which opened in Beijing in 2010, claims to be the country's largest, with 17 screens and 3,500 seats.


His Jackie Chan Design sells shirts, hats, accessories and other clothing emblazoned with a red-and-black logo.

He launched a chain of coffee shops in 2006 and once had a sushi chain, the now-shuttered Jackie’s Kitchen. He even opened a Segway dealership in Hong Kong. The venture was designed to bring clean technology to Asia.

Chan also has a second career as a singer and has released more than 20 albums.

The future star was born in Hong Kong, and at age 7, began studying at the Chinese Opera Institute. There, Chan learned both music and martial arts, often rising at 5 a.m. and practicing until midnight.

When he’s not singing or acting, Chan says he likes to focus on charity work.

“Life is too short,” he says. “With every injury, I came to cherish life more. I know that I am blessed, so I try to help the poor and people in need.”

He’s been an advocate for animals and has recorded anti-poaching PSAs.

“I actually like to watch documentaries on television, especially on Discovery Channel and National Geographic,” says the nature-loving Chan.

“They sometimes inspire me and my work.”

Like fellow rich guys Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, Chan has pledged to donate half of his fortune to charity after his death.

He also holds a seat on the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a diverse board of some 2,000 prominent citizens that advises the country’s legislature.


Video: Inside JC Film Gallery

This video of the JC Film Gallery was posted on Weibo by Wu Gang - JC Stunt Team Member, Stunt Choreographer and Director of the JC Film Gallery.


Railroad Tigers To Film in Diaobingshan

Sparkle Roll Television Culture Media Co. will invest RMB300 to film Railroad Tigers in Diaobingshan. Filming is expected to start in October and last around a month. Approximately 200 crew and 1000 extras are expected on location. Footage filmed in Diaobingshan will comprise about 40% of the final movie. Diaobingshan was world reknowned for its extensive steam train lines servicing the coal mines in the area.

Railroad Tigers tells the story of railroad workers who used their knowledge of the railways to raid Japanese trains during WW2 and sieze supplies for the local people. Jackie plays a resourceful railway guerilla leader. The film is expected to premier on National Day in 2016.

To see some wonderful photos of the steam trains in Diaobingshan visit David Longman's site. The photos date from 2000/2001 but the trains are now preserved in a museum at Diaobingshan (in fact many of the trains in these photos are in the museum, so they are probably the ones that will be in the movie) which is where filming will take place.

Jackie Interview

A short interview with Jackie by Parade magazine.

How is Dragon Blade different from other Jackie Chan films?

When you look at my previous movies, all I did was fight! From the opening credits to the closing credits. The audience was excited when I jumped from a tall building or leaped from a moving bus. It was all fresh. But now, with this new film, I’ve come to realize that if the plot is really good then the audience will cheer even if there is only one single punch!

Who do you play?

I play Huo An, the adopted son of the legendary general Huo Qubing. He was a real historical figure, the founder and commanding officer of the Silk Road Protection Squad of the Western Regions in China. Huo An is a man who detests war, but he lives in a time when peace can only be gained by fighting.

Have you ever been seriously injured?

The most serious injury I had was during the shooting of Armour of God II. It was actually just a simple stunt, jumping from a slope. But I was seriously injured and had a surgery to my brain. I still have a metal plate in my head and can feel the indentation from the impact.

Do you feel you are making progress in changing attitudes in China when it comes to conserving wildlife?

As an ambassador of WildAid, I have been supporting the saving of all kinds of creatures including tigers, sharks, rhinos and elephants. I think China is undergoing a big change in its attitudes in regards to conserving wildlife, but it will take time.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

As I have been injured so many times, I have come to cherish life more. I focus more on environmental protection activities and charity work. I deeply understand that I am very blessed. So I have been actively participating in all kinds of charitable works and contributed myself to help the poor and people in need.