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I was just browsing quotes by Lao Tzu when I came across this one:

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.
Lao Tzu

It sounded rather familiar. . . Jackie AKA The Drunken Immortal said it to Jason Tripitikas during their meal in the tea house at the beginning of 'The Forbidden Kingdom'.

So now you know.

Continued - Jackie in Chengdu

From earlier posts you all know Jackie was in Chengdu this weekend, first opening the WEO Jackie Chan Children's Eye Hospital, then opening a kindergarten school and visiting his adopted panda's Cheng Cheng and Fong Fong. I am still hoping that some photos will be released.

Jackie Chan to visit the Chengdu Panda "children" Cheng Cheng and Feng Feng

Yesterday, Jackie Chan to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding pair of his "children", Cheng Cheng, and Feng Feng. Jackie Chan was very excited to see the children, "Haha, I finally have time to look at Cheng Cheng and Feng Feng. I did not think they are grown, a 61 kg a 67 kg, and now I can not hold them out again , or feed some apples for me to these 'children'" Jackie Chan is also a little panda to a close contact, the embrace of the panda's teeth but not see eye Jackie Chan smile, happy, said: "They put in the Red Panda, and let me hold it sit for a while more, even if this is to sit all day I will not feel bored, I really like the panda. look at their simple and honest, cute, I think what troubles are gone, and only happy! "



Shaolin Stills of Jackie Released


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Jackie Opens A Kindergarten School and Visits His Pandas

While in Chengdu Jackie continued his charity work by opening a Kindergarten school with 6 new classrooms accomodating 191 children in partnership with PICC(People's Insurance Company of China). Jackie became the Goodwill Ambassador for PICC in 2008.

He then visited the Chengdu Panda Research Station to become reacquainted with his adopted panda's Cheng Cheng and Long Long (AKA Fong Fong). You can read the account HERE. La and Zy were also on hand to meet their live brother and sister. Unfortunately Cheng Cheng and Long Long (AKA Fong Fong) are now too big to be held but Jackie had an opportunity to meet some new baby panda's who were so happy to meet him that one gave him a big kiss on the cheek.

News and Photos at:




PICC Wudu completed Kindergarten

191 children in the hardest hit Hanwang hi new campus move

November 28, kindergartens PICC Wudu Hanwang Mianzhu in Sichuan were completed, 191 children from quake-hit activities of the board moved into a new and modern campus. PICC Group chairman, president Wu Yan and international superstars, the Chinese Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan co-insurance for the new park opening. It is the PICC in the Wenchuan County earthquake dams following the text of primary schools, into the county week donated the flag after the third primary school love.

The hardest hit as the Wenchuan earthquake, the original Mianzhu Wudu Hanwang nursery school in the "5.12" earthquake collapsed, teachers and children have worked in tents, activities of the board of education, school, or even transfer off-site. Early June 2008, the People's Insurance Charitable Foundation and the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, Beijing Municipal Bureau of Education Mianzhu contributions to 300 million, earmarked for the reconstruction of love school. It is reported that the donation is Mianzhu City Board of Education received the first post-disaster donations. The multi-site, in February 2009, PICC and Mianzhu Education finalized a new site in the reconstruction of Hanwang Wudu kindergarten. After a year of intense preparation, the current area of 2700 square meters, construction area of 110 square meters, with a playground, library, music room and other modern setting completed the new campus has been completed and delivered. Chapter Yung Tang principal, said the new park is completed PICC have added a wealth of teaching equipment, the new nursery was named "Mianzhu rural level, Kindergarten" and become the best local nursery school. A total of six new Kindergarten classes, now has reached 191 school children from the activities of the board moved into the new school the children are happy, parents are very pleased.

In the dedication ceremony, the Chinese People's Insurance Group president Wu Yan said, "Wudu PICC completed kindergarten in 2008 the continuation of love action, but also round the PICC and Jackie Chan share a common dream. The dream is to spread Our love, with love to Relay children's future hope of the motherland! "Chinese Ambassador Chan said Paul's charity, see the children from the activities of the board moved into a new school was happy to become volunteers PICC a member of the honor.


1, PICC charitable

In 2008, China has experienced snow and ice storms and southern Sichuan, "5.12" earthquake in the two major natural disasters. PICC bravely assumed responsibility disaster, a total of 3.22 billion yuan to pay compensation, the company and all employee contributions over 7700 million, donated tents, blankets, medicines and other urgently needed supplies for the disaster recovery operation and reconstruction to give a great deal of support.

Wenchuan after the earthquake, May 13 PICC first to contribute 10 million yuan in Sichuan. Subsequently, mobilized employees to pay a special party membership dues and special fares 2,200 million, employee contributions 19.94 million yuan. In addition, Sichuan, China, PICC has to be a serious earthquake in Shaanxi, Gansu, 200 million of the donations for the construction of the Chinese People's Insurance medical centers and local post-disaster reconstruction.

At the same time, nearly 4,000 of PICC PICC earthquake recovery operation action for the first time volunteers, active in earthquake relief and reconstruction work. Stable life for the victims, so that affected students to resume classes as soon as possible, human security volunteers actively build "tent schools" and "tent hospital", "Volunteer service station tent," "cultural activities tent station", the cumulative puts up more than 800 victims placed tents , tents, school buildings more than 20 rooms. Love into a piece of tent was affected people affectionately called "People's Insurance village." Politburo Standing Committee, He Guoqiang, secretary of the CPC Central Committee He Yong, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Steinmeier of Germany, etc. have come to visit PICC tent schools, to visit school children.

May 14, 2008, the CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, Sichuan Provincial People's Government to the Chinese People's Insurance Group, sent by the Party Secretary Liu Qibao, autographed thank Governor Jiang Jufeng electricity, representing the whole of Sichuan people to express my sincere PICC thanks. June 2008, China Insurance Group relief volunteer service its outstanding deeds, issued by China National Financial Financial Union, "Labor Award" and the Central Financial Work Committee awarded the group the "earthquake relief advanced group" title. In the same year in October, the CPC Central Committee, the State Council earthquake relief awards ceremony held at the National Assembly, PICC Aba company Leiyun Rong was a "national model for earthquake relief," the honorary title and receive recognition. December, PICC, as representatives of the insurance industry won the "China Charity Award."

Is a positive commitment to corporate social responsibility, set up in 2007 PICC initial fund size of 5,000 million "People's Insurance Charitable Foundation" in order to operate an active part in professional philanthropy; 2008 PICC hired into an international superstar Mr. Long served as Chinese Ambassador Paul Charity, collaborate in the promotion charity; 2009, PICC was set up in Beijing, "China People's Insurance Volunteers Association", to systematically promote volunteer service activities PICC.

2 Introduction

People's Insurance Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as the People's Insurance Group) is initiated by the Ministry established a large state comprehensive insurance Financial Group, a registered capital of 306 billion yuan. PICC Group's predecessor was established in October 1949 the Chinese People's Insurance Company, with 61 years of development history, after several major changes, record a new course of development of China's insurance industry, creating a brilliant performance, as China's insurance market nurture and develop the insurance industry has made a historic contribution. July 2003, by the State Council, China Insurance Regulatory Commission approved restructuring of China People's Insurance Company, changed its name to the Chinese insurance holding company. June 2007, in order to uphold the security of Chinese history and brand, the company re-named the Chinese People's Insurance Group. September 2009, a successful restructuring of the People's Insurance Group Insurance Group Ltd. for the Chinese people to realize the state-owned enterprises from the traditional to the modern major shift in state-owned Holding Group, has taken a shareholding reform of state-owned insurance group's first step in China's insurance industry history of the development milestone.

Currently, the People's Insurance Group, which owns the Chinese People's Insurance Company, PICC Asset Management Company Limited, PICC Health Insurance Co., Ltd., the Chinese People's Life Insurance Company Limited, PICC Investment Holding Company Limited, PICC capital Investment Management Co Ltd, China People's Insurance (Hong Kong) Limited, Sheng International Insurance Brokers Limited, Insurance Brokers Limited and the Ghost of Human Insurance Brokers Co., Ltd., 10 specialized subsidiaries. After several years of development, the Chinese People's Insurance's business has grown from the original extension of the insurance and asset management to the trust funds and other non-insurance financial sector, the formation of the insurance financial industry clusters, built from the success of the insurance financial group structure.

In 2009, the international financial crisis facing severe challenges, the People's Insurance Group, the difficulties, to overcome difficulties, has made the development of industry-leading results. PICC Group recorded total revenue of 192.9 billion yuan to construct a new pattern of multiple profit. As of the end of 2009, total assets of Chinese insurance 304.9 billion yuan, up 31.4%; management of the total assets of 755.5 billion yuan, 5 times in 2006. In 2010, Paul successfully entered the Chinese world "Fortune" 500, ranked 371. "China 500" list ranked No. 35.

In 2010, the People's Insurance Group will be the party's congress, seventh session of the Fourth Plenary Session of the Third and guidance of the spirit, thoroughly implement the scientific concept of development, full implementation of the central economic work conference and the spirit of the insurance industry briefings, focusing on "promoting development, increase efficiency, anti-risk "of the main tone, in order to achieve the objective of maximizing the overall value of the Group, consolidating the Group by promoting the development of good growth, improvement in efficiency by increasing the overall profitability of the Group, through the anti-risk operation to improve the robustness of the Group of the focus on changing the mode of development, and continuously improve development efficiency of efforts to reform and development of the Chinese People's Insurance to a higher level.





在落成仪式上,中国人保集团吴焰总裁说,“中国人保武都幼儿园的落成是2008年爱心行动的延续,也圆了中国人保和成龙先生一个共同的梦。这个梦就是播种我们的爱心,用爱心来接力孩子的未来、祖国的希望!” 中国人保的慈善大使成龙表示,看到孩子们从活动板房搬进了新校舍感到开心,能成为中国人保志愿者中的一员感到荣幸。


1、 人保慈善方面


汶川地震发生后,5月13日 中国人保率先向四川灾区捐款1000万元。随后,动员公司员工缴纳特殊党费和特殊团费2200多万元,员工捐款1994万元。除了四川,中国人保还向受地震灾害严重的陕西、甘肃各捐款200万元,用于建设中国人保医疗中心和当地的灾后重建工作。










Jackie Chan Movie Podcast

Podcast On Fire - an podcast focusing on Asian film has a number of podcasts dedicated to discussing Jackie's films.

The link HERE takes you to a search page with all their Jackie related content which includes quite an extensive collection of reviews.

Video: Jackie Opening the WEO Jackie Chan Children's Eye Center


Chengdu Business News (Xinhua Zhang Shihao Yang Gang, Wang Ji photography) yesterday afternoon, a low-key brother Jackie Chan came to Chengdu, as the "Jackie Chan World Eye Organisation, West China Hospital Cancer Center Children's eye" opening, this is Jackie Chan experienced this year "donation door" the first time to Sichuan, while Jackie Chan in the activity did not accept media interviews in Chengdu, but the link in his speech, he talked about his understanding of the charity, Jackie Chan admitted that charity need to learn, he will continue to insist on doing charity.

Through "donations door" Jackie Chan Charitable more carefully on

Yesterday afternoon, Jackie Chan on time at the event, he was dressed in a black costume, smiling the whole face of the media, in his speech, talking about "Jackie Chan World Eye Organisation, West China Hospital, Children's Eye Cancer Center," the original intention of setting up, Jackie Chan said, "I was a kid a lot of money, got a lot of caring people help, I grew up on a wish to return to the community, twenty years ago, Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation was established, and these years, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation around the world insist on doing charity. "Speaking of charity, Jackie Chan seems to have much to say," charity need to continue learning after many years of charity, let me learn a lot. please make sure to teach me ( Jackie Chan, especially for the guests), I will do more good. "can be seen from these words, through" donations door "to charity after the Jackie Chan seems to have more understanding, more carefully charity.

Staff to help carry the table "pick up the pieces"

Later, Jackie Chan's remarks quite mean, "I often see some poor children through the media, news, and I know they need help, many artists like me, also want to know the news, we will try to help, The positive news I tend to know ... ... "pause for a moment, followed by Jackie Chan said," urge you not to chase Andy Results are not married, who I went to dinner the news ... ... "In the last photo session, Jackie Chan to do Big Brother style was, he not only helped the staff to bear the table "pick up the pieces", but also help maintain order and played, "we do not make, according to the order line." see people blocking the photographer's attention, Jackie is also crying out loud together "The first front squat, call the photographer behind the camera first ... ..." This time Jackie Chan moves a burst of applause.

Microblogging ( http://t.sina.com.cn ) publicity "Children Eye Centre"

Although the event did not accept media interviews in Chengdu, but after the event to update the micro Jackie Bo, interact with friends, "I finally Chengdu Children's Eye Centre was set up in the hope you can help more children suffering from eye diseases ... ... many children in the eye to heal these angels in white hands, so that they can re-see a beautiful world, medical staff you have worked hard. "

It is reported that "Jackie Chan World Eye Organisation, West China Hospital, Children's Eye Cancer Center" set up will help the Sichuan region, especially the Sichuan earthquake orphans and disabled, the poor treatment of eye diseases of children. Chairman of the World Eye Organization, said Mark Lin, who is a longtime friend of Jackie Chan, Jackie Chan talking about when he set up the "West China Hospital, Children's World Eye Organization Jackie Chan Centre for Eye Disease Prevention," the idea, Chan does not hesitate to promised, "Jackie Chan donations to charity every year, this is no exception," but when asked about the number of specific contributions, Mr Mark Lin were not disclosed.

成都商报讯(记者 张世豪 王蓟 摄影 杨刚)昨日下午,大哥成龙低调来到成都,为“华西医院世界眼科组织成龙儿童眼病防治中心”揭牌,这是成龙今年经历“捐款门”后首次来到四川,虽然在活动中成龙没有接受成都媒体的采访,但在发言环节,他还是谈起自己对慈善的理解,成龙坦言,做慈善需要不断学习,他今后会继续坚持做慈善。









Jackie Opens Children's Eye Hospital Chengdu

After arriving in Chengdu early this morning Jackie attended the opening of the WEO Jackie Chan Children's Eye Center at the Sichuan University Hospital in Chengdu. WEO stands for the World Eye Organisation and Jackie is the Chairman of their International Advisory Board.

CHENGDU Nov. 27 (Xinhua Liu, Yang Hua) in Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan and charitable people support the World Eye Organization, the "Children's Eye Center, Jackie Chan," 27, located in West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu unveiled . The center will further attract domestic and foreign advanced technology and capital to participate in children's eye disease prevention and control of public welfare activities, and conduct of orphans and disabled, children in poverty and disaster survey and control eye.

Currently a large number of eye patients in Sichuan did not receive timely treatment. Especially after the earthquake, Huaxi Hospital for Children has hit several in-depth eye survey found that patients need social assistance and child care.

Earlier, West China Hospital of Sichuan University and the World Eye Organization to successful cooperation, "prevention of blindness, cure the blind welfare activities." On this basis, the Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan Charitable people and the World Eye Organization Chairman Mr Mark Lin of the strong support of the "West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Jackie Chan, the World Children's Eye Center Ophthalmology Organization" to be established.





Jackie Plays Piano

If the question of whether or not Jackie can play piano has bothered you since you first saw "Twin Dragons" and the small clip in "Jackie Chan: My Story" didn't satisfy you - then here is proof Jackie can at least play SOME piano:

This is footage from the press release of the MV 'My Own Movie' a duet with Jackie and Zhou Hui, during which it can be clearly seen (no tricks involved) that Jackie does play at least a bit.

Support Jackie's Oscar Special Award Nominations

There is a website that gives the public an opportunity to nominate people of their choice for the various special awards that the Academy can give. When a candidate receives sufficient support the nomination is forwarded to the appropriate members / committees at the Academy for consideration. While this is of course no guarantee it is at least a start.

Oscar World.Net/Special Nominations

Jackie has been nominated since 2005 for two awards:




Scroll to the bottom of each page and complete the form to add your voice to the nomination.


For his role in Shaolin Andy Lau made the difficult decision to shave his head. Here is a photo of Jackie getting in on the action - cutting Andy's hair short before shaving.


and in a scene from the movie:


Videos: Outtakes

Outtakes from The Protector:

Outtakes from Wheels on Meals:


Neutered Dragon - An Interesting Thesis

(Right Click and save PDF)

This thesis by Munib Rezaie explores the differences between Jackie's Hong Kong films and his Hollywood movies with a specific focus on the contrasting depictions of his masculinity and morality.

It is an interesting read.

Video: Jackie at Taipei International Flora Exposition


MV Jackie Chan Sun Nan Blue Sky

At last a MV for Blue Sky however this version doesn't feature any green screen footage Jackie and Sun Nan shot shortly after recording the song so I am assuming there is at least one more version of the song on it's way.

Jackie Visits Taipei International Flora Exposition



Some additional video from the Exposition to give you an idea of what the displays are like:


Behind the Scenes Photos: Shaolin

Some behind the scenes photos from "Shaolin" have been released. There are some very nice ones of Jackie

Source: SINA.COM


Golden Horse Awards Red Carpet

Jackie attended the 47th annual Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan this evening.

Photo coverage in English HERE

Slideshow Sohu.com HERE

Some Surprising Answers

Jackie answered some questions recently (seemingly shortly after the charity trip to Mongolia) with some surprising answers.

Jackie Chan, 56, was born in Hong Kong. He trained in martial arts and acrobatics at the China Drama Academy and appeared in his first film at the age of eight. At 17, he worked as a stuntman on the Bruce Lee films Fist Of Fury and Enter The Dragon, and landed his first starring role in Little Tiger From Canton. In the 1980s he became famous in Asia for performing all his own stunts and went on to break into Hollywood with the films Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon. Little Big Soldier, which he wrote, produced and starred in, won the Golden Palm at the 2010 Valencia International Film Festival and is out now on DVD.

What is your greatest fear?

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Wow, so many – Robert De Niro, James Cameron, Will Smith.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Loving sweets and ice-cream.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
When people are not organised.

What is your most treasured possession?
Happiness and peace.

Where would you like to live?
I feel like I have lived all over the world since I get to go everywhere to film. I couldn't live in Norway, though, because the sun doesn't go down until 11pm. I'd never sleep!

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Now I am older, I understand we have to accept who we are.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?

What is your most unappealing habit?
I love to clean.

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
An avatar.

What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?
That I couldn't make it.

What is the love of your life?
Charity. I like to give back.

What does love feel like?

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Michael Jackson. He called me once, but I didn't get to speak to him.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Back to when I was little and used to watch my dad cook in Australia.

When did you last cry, and why?
In Mongolia a week ago. I was on a charity trip, and the family's story was so sad. The translator was crying and it made me cry, too.

How often do you have sex?

What is the closest you've come to death?
During Armour Of God, when I fell off a tree.

What keeps you awake at night?
When I see a movie that keeps me thinking. Or if I have an idea for my next film, I will write it down on the notepad next to my bed.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
I haven't thought about that.

How would you like to be remembered?
Playful, fun and nice Jackie Chan.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Never give up. Go for your dreams.

Where would you most like to be right now?
I am happy where I am.

Tell us a secret
I have a metal plate in my head, and can pop my shoulder and pop it back.


Busy Day

These are the last of the pictures from Changzhou that I can find at the moment.

? Jackie Chan is coming!

Yesterday afternoon, Jackie Chan Lai Yiu Changzhou, Jiangsu International Studios store grand opening, ribbon cutting Jackie went to the site and met with the media and fans, hard to do publicity for the studios.

Big Brother, your visit, the media out in force throughout the city, wants to be the nearest one. But the scene An Baosen strict. From 14:32 to meet the media, to the 3:53 opening ceremony left the scene, Jackie Chan only appeared in public view more than 1 hour. Apply Jay lyrics: Big Brother to come and go too fast, like a tornado.

13:10, 2 reporter arrived Studios Meet the Press Office of the scene, there are three or four good seats to seize the media attended. Staff to inform you that Chan 2 points to, can now be free, not after the 1:30 out of the hall.

Half an hour later, the staff informed, the plane was delayed, the opening meeting will be delayed 45 minutes. Reporter learned from the airport, Jackie Chan flew directly from Beijing, take a private plane.

"Let every person be able to spend a little money to watch a movie, this is my dream."

14:45, also ran into the panting of the Jackie Chan film of small hall on time, wearing very thin, white shirt, blue small plaid jacket, jeans, shoes, hair is very short, very spiritual, on-site round of applause. Reporter conducted an interview immediately.

The reporter asked: "Why did you choose to open studios in Changzhou?"

Jackie Chan replied: "I have a team, has been looking for rich cultural heritage, and watching films of the city, Changzhou is a. The next few years, you see, I gradually opened in other cities, first line, second and third tier cities will have. I think that the ticket prices too expensive, so spend a little money each person will be able to watch a movie, this is my dream. "

Reporter: "There is a Jackie Chan Design Studios rooms are designed for you personally do?"

A Jackie Chan: "It was my own play, do gloves, clothes, everything to make a movie stunt, when used, the outside does not sell. Was found that many people like to have foreigners want to use 1000 U.S. dollars for a down jacket . I do not listen to people's recommendations, placed in their own studios to sell, is selling well. (pointing to the dragon totem T-shirt) this flag has been unable to obtain, because it is a "dragon" character Well, the English 'Jackie' add strokes in the can, and I feel very clever! "

Reporter: "The impression Changzhou how?"

Jackie Chan replied: "Oh! (Laughs) To tell the truth, I Mashang 4:00 to fly Hefei, 12 midnight fly to Beijing tomorrow morning to fly to Taiwan. Each to a place in a hurry, only to see cars and people. But just After an ancient city on the way (that flooded the city), I looked to regret it! to see if the earlier, my "Big Soldier" directly to framing, and why should take their money! "

Opening ceremony, the "big nose uncle" fierce pro-children

Meet the Press will be the end of the opening ceremony of the square is about to begin. Each corridor were swarmed highly anticipated surrounded by people, people on both sides of the lift up to pull guard, a steady stream of reinforcements over security personnel. Security is quite a tall proudly declared that "just and his brother walked side by side for a while," suddenly become the focus of everyone pulling out cell phones, cameras: "That you can take a picture!"

Jackie Chan on stage and say hello, appeared on the big screen eight children to draw one for "big nose uncle," the short film, Jackie Chan carefully read, and even say, "It moved." Two of the children that came to power, he picked up a handful, and even kissed a good few mouthfuls. The staff side on the pigment, leaving Jackie Chan in the paintings on Mahamudra, work done, was to Zhendian treasure Studios collection.

Host announced the end of the opening ceremony, Jackie did not end, come to take care of all the stage: "We must be careful exit order, and pay attention to safety. Police and security, you have worked hard!" Having waved side exit side, but also, and the music and singing the phrase "ordinary people give me the most moving ... ..." On the photo will be drafting Jian-Guo Yao

? 成龙来了!

















 主持人宣布开业仪式结束,成龙没下场,走到台前关照大家:“一定要当心退场秩序,注意安全。公安和保安,你们辛苦了!”说完边挥手边退场,还和着音乐唱了一句“平凡的人们给我最多感动……”谈必行 文 姚建国 摄


After a flying visit to Changzhou Jackie jetted off to attend a concert in Hebei where he sang 'Guo Jia'.




Today Jackie will fly to Taiwan to attend the Golden Horse Awards.

Jackie Tours Changzhou

During his quick visit to Changzhou today Jackie was taken on a short guided tour of the city. Amongst the sites he was taken to see is the sunken city and ruins from the Spring and Autumn period. He said that if he had known of the sites that he would have filmed scenes from Little Big Soldier there and that given the right script he would definitely come back.

Wu network access (Reporter Yao Hui) 11 19 afternoon, the international superstar Jackie Chan and his party visited with great interest a town park and the flooded city of spring sites, Wujin District, Jiang Feng, deputy head of a guided tour.

Accompanied by the staff, Jackie Chan visited the Confucius Plaza, Commercial Street, Yancheng, Yancheng City, the ancient ruins and other places, through the staff later learned that the flooded city of Spring Park is a cultural combination of amusement and culture and leisure the human theme park to play based design methods of travel, from the Spring and Autumn period of political, military, economic, and cultural drawn, set the spring and watch the cultural mood-oriented projects in static, interactive, experiential arts projects and recreational projects. Yancheng site is currently in the same period of the best preserved ancient city ruins, showing the shape of the three rivers city of ruins.

Visit their way to praise Mr. Chan, "today on the way, I'm in the car to see this beautiful city, come in a look I was shocked, this spring is full of rich flavor, when the film" Big Soldier "and aware of the Spring and Autumn when the flooded city, come here viewfinder, and very good. in the future, if a suitable script, that I'll be shooting spring flooded the city. "

武进网讯(记者 姚辉)11月19日下午,国际巨星成龙先生一行饶有兴致地参观了淹城春秋乐园和淹城遗址,武进区副区长蒋锋陪同参观。




Jackie Chan Yaolai International Theater Changzhou

Some additional photos HERE which also mentions that Jackie flew from Beijing for those of you who have been wondering where he has been the past little while.

Some interesting information about the theater in the article below even with the translation:

19 November afternoon, Wujin District initiated the first "green, low-carbon energy, ecological security," the international five-star Studios - Changzhou Yao Lai Mao-industry in the Pacific International City Studios grand opening, a famous movie star Jackie Chan and Changzhou City, Wujin District leaders Wang Chengbin, Jiang Feng, Wang Mingchang attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Changzhou Yao Lai Group International Studios is a joint investment in the international superstar Jackie Chan star together to build a high-end theater, is following in Beijing and Guangzhou Xintang Wukesong shop after the first leg into the East China market, Changzhou Yao Lai International Cinema to Jackie Chan has always uphold and promote a "green low-carbon energy," the purpose for the mainland's first installation of central air conditioning system in the entire air-air system, heat recovery systems and intelligent control system for studios, from the fundamental impact on the lifting of the long hall in the closed environment, air quality, pollution and the audience for a variety of adverse effects, significantly reducing the energy consumption Studios, first put into practice in the field of cinema building low-carbon energy, the real the safety, comfort, ecology, green and healthy concept. For the audience to create the first ever National Chamber of the viewing environment, zero pollution of air, like breathing in large forest-like feel, the audience not to worry about heart and soul immersed in the movie plot and atmosphere created by them. Essentially solves the cinema hall the issue of air quality standards, the industry to fill the gaps in one fell swoop.

Studios will also integrate into the shadow of modern high-tech means to lobby the Office of the design, as the whole point of the mainland's first floor projection system will be installed in the lobby of the cinema hall film, the game system to vote in the way of entertainment fun with the audience to form human-computer interaction interface, increasing the audience's curiosity, greatly increased the audience's participation. Even with the use of optical and other manifestations of the sound the audience into the film room before the taste of something different from the peculiar effect of the shadow of a large shock. Studios broke the previous conventional model of design and decoration, in style and concept and innovative ideas to dream romantic and modern fashion, and many other factors clever leaping together naturally, bringing the audience a fresh, new visual impact.

Vice Mayor of Changzhou Wang Chengbin said in his speech, Jackie Chan Lai Yiu Changzhou International Studios Studios not only building new ideas to the fashion of Changzhou, and the international perspective to the Changzhou New Wave films, but also to Jackie Chan promote justice in the film of love, the spirit of self-improvement to the character and charisma, Changzhou, for enhancing the urban quality, enrich the cultural life, will play an active role in promoting.

武进网讯(记者 张军)11月19日下午,武进地区首家倡导“绿色环保、低碳节能、生态安全”的国际化五星级影城——常州耀莱国际影城在茂业泰富城盛大开业,著名影星成龙先生与常州市、武进区领导王成斌、蒋锋、王明昌出席了剪彩仪式。





Opening Jackie Chan Theater Changzhou Update


New Jackie Movie Theater Opens in Changzhou

Jackie is opening a new Jackie Chan Studio - Yao Lai Cinema in Changzhou. It looks wonderful. I hope that it will be as big a success as the theater in Beijing is proving to be.

The photos are from T.SINA.COM.CN/JACKIECHANCZ:










JCCF(Beijing) Aids the Children of Yushu

As promised JCCF (Beijing) has implemented their plan to assist children under the age of 16 with their medical expenses in the wake of the Yushu earthquake. According to the report below to date almost 700 patients have been assisted already.

Qinghai News Network November 17, reporters from the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Health Bureau, Beijing Yushu Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation aid medical treatment for seriously ill young poor project has been fully implemented across the state, has been almost seven hundred patients with poor children assistance.

It is understood that assistance Beijing Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation Juvenile Yushu medical treatment for serious illness of poverty mainly is to help after the earthquake Yushu poor children under the age of 16, full reimbursement of medical expenses. Early July, has 231 Yushu poor children first full reimbursement of medical expenses the patient's family 271,300 yuan, recently, also for the families of 459 patients with poor children, full reimbursement of medical expenses 1.0082 million yuan.

青海新闻网讯 11月17日,记者从玉树藏族自治州卫生局获悉,北京成龙慈善基金会援助玉树州重病贫困少年医疗救治项目已在全州全面实施,已有近七百名贫困少年儿童患者获援助。



Jackie's Anti-Drug Campaign Posters 2010


Asian Games: Wushu winner credits Jackie Chan

GUANGZHOU - CHINA'S Huang Guangyuan won another wushu gold for China on Monday and put the credit at the door of Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan.

Huang posted the highest score in each of the Nanquan and Nangun elements of the all-round final for a total of 19.73 out of a possible 20.

But it was a closer race for the silver and bronze, with Hong Kong's He Jingde and Vietnam's Quoc Khanh Pham eventually finishing second and third.

Huang said he owed a debt to Hollywood star Chan, something silver medal winner He, who works as a martial arts movie stuntman, can relate to.

'I loved watching Jackie Chan's movies when I was just a child,' said Huang.

'He plays an important role in my life, as do my parents who give me great support to learn wushu.' -- AFP


Oscar Hopes Down the Tube?

With this quote from COMINGSOON.NET article on Oscar hopefuls it seems any Oscar hopes from Karate Kid are indeed dead in the water. However with Little Big Soldier having been mentioned earlier this year as a potential entrant in the Foreign Film category we can but continue to hope Jackie will eventually get a well-deserved Oscar.

Dead in the Water

Back in March, I made a rather ballsy and foolish claim that the remake of The Karate Kid would be nominated for a number of Oscars after seeing it at ShoWest. As much as I love the movie, that's doubtful at this point, especially with Sony putting more behind Fincher's The Social Network to win. I'd still like to see Jackie Chan get a Supporting Actor nomination, because I think his performance is fantastic, but Sony isn't bothering to push the movie, not even including it in with their awards screenings, so it's a bit of a lost cause.

Behind the Scenes Photos: Shaolin

Jackie behind the scenes on Shaolin with one of the boys from the Shaolin Temple.


Jackie Chan and The Art of Giving Back - NAPMA Interview

Jackie gave this interview while filming Rush Hour 3 and NAPMA have decided to make the full interview available on the net.


Golden Microphone Awards 2010

The Golden Microphone Awards are the Radio and Television Awards and are sponsored by China Radio and Television Association. This year many stars came out to support the event held on the evening of 10th November 2010 at the National Theatre in Beijing. Jackie sang 'Believe in Yourself'. Among many other artists who contributed to the glittering event were Huang Doudou, Yu Quan, Tan Jing, Tang Can, Sandy Lam, and Karen Mok.


Voting Time AGAIN - People's Choice Awards

The finalists are in for the People's Choice Awards:

Jackie for Favourite Action Star

Karate Kid for Favourite Family Movie

Jackie and Jaden for Favourite Onscreen Team

Keep voting ....

A Plea for Help - Clearing Mines in Cambodia

While doing some internet research for a project I am working on I discovered Aki Ra named CNN Hero of the Year 2010 for his work clearing landmines in Cambodia. As you all know one of Jackie's future projects is a movie about landmines and landmine victims in Cambodia and he has visited Cambodia more than once. Read more HERE, and HERE on Jackie's website and HERE about his visit in 2005

Short video of Jackie's 2005 visit to Cambodia with the UN:

Here is the story of Aki Ra's life quoted in its entirety from his website. After reading his story and you would like to help you can make an online donation through paypal HERE to their charity partners the Landmine Relief Fund. It is incredibly expensive clearing mines. It costs about $1,400 US a mine or $5 US for every square meter of cleared land. The statistics of people (mainly children) killed or maimed by mines are horrific. It is estimated that about 40 000 people live in Cambodia as amputees. At least the same number again are killed or die from inadequate medical care in remote areas.


The aim of writing this story is to highlight the horror of landmines which are still prevalent in Cambodia and also to share some of my xperiences and my dreams for the future. I work solely for the people of Cambodia and in past years, I went regularly into the rural areas and jungles of my country to help clear landmines of which there are an estimated to be over three million. I have found many thousands of relics of the war from clearing the mines and exhibit them at the Siem Reap landmine museum of which I am the curator.

My only goal in life is to make my country safe for my people.

A Short History of Cambodia Before I Was Born

The following historical account of Cambodia has been passed down to me by word of mouth. In 1866, the French colonized Cambodia. In 1942, the Japanese invaded Cambodia and defeated the French who left to fight in Europe. In 1945, the U.S. bombed Nagasaki and Hiroshima, forcing the Japanese to retreat from Cambodia. In 1946, the French returned to Cambodia to rule again. The following years saw The Ho Chi Minh and Viet Minh armies fight the French in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.

In 1953, Prince Sihanouk introduced civil service for all Khmer students and by 1954, Cambodia declared independence. Meanwhile, the Viet Minh were still prevalent in Cambodia. Dep Choun, the leader of the Cambodian army, was determined to overthrow Sihanouk but failed and instead granted Dep Choun power over Siem Reap province, Kam Phun Tom province and Battambang province. For the next ten years, Cambodia remained relatively peaceful under the reign of Prince Sihanouk.

In 1969, the United States began anti-communist bombing raids in Cambodia and Laos, alongside the war with Vietnam. In 1970, General Lonol, leader of the Cambodian army, held a successful military coup against Prince Sihanouk and then Sihanouk retreated to China. From there, Sihanouk broadcast to the Cambodian people to fight Lonol's army with the support of the Viet Kong and Chinese troops. Lonol, however, had the support of powerful allies from Thailand, South Vietnam and the USA and by 1973, he defeated the Viet Kong.

Meanwhile in Cambodia, a force called the Khmer Rouge, comprising mainly jungle rebels, were becoming a stronger army and wanted to gain power of Cambodia. Fighting continued between the Khmer Rouge and Lonol's armies until the USA and the South Vietnamese, along with the Thai forces, pulled out of Cambodia in 1975, leaving Lonol's army to fall to the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh on the April 17, 1975, victoriously marching through the streets promising peace for Cambodia. For the next four years, the Cambodian people would suffer greatly under the leadership of a communist dictator and the Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. His idea was to create an Agrarian system that had everybody working in fields in a way that took them back in time 400 years. By way of implementing this system, the Khmer Rouge took a census of every citizen's job, family and processions in order to re-organize society. Even the calendar year was turned back to year zero. Educated people were considered the enemy and were mercilessly tortured and killed in the many killing fields around Cambodia. The Cambodian army was forced to hand over their weapons and possessions with the promise of a new way of life. Instead they were herded in trucks, taken into the jungles and brutally murdered. Between
the years 1975 and 1979, it is estimated that over three million people died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Many Armies

I am not sure of the exact date of my birth but I have information from an old teacher who thinks she remembers me from that time telling me that I was born in about 1973. I have always lived in Siem Reap province in Northwest Cambodia and have spent most of my life surrounded by guns, artillery and most of all, the horror of the landmine.

My parents were both killed by the Khmer Rouge for committing very simple crimes when I was only about five years old and at that age, I was brought up by the Khmer Rouge to work in their army. I was taught to lay mines, fire guns and rocket launchers and make simple bombs.

At the age of about ten, I had my first gun at the age of ten and I was forced to fight for the Khmer Rouge.

At the age of about fourteen, the Vietnamese overthrew our village and I was given the option of joining them or I would be killed. I was conscripted into the Vietnamese army and went to fight against my former army, the Khmer Rouge.

I stayed with the Vietnamese army until 1990 when they eventually pulled their troops out of Cambodia and I went on to join the Cambodian Army which was still fighting the Khmer Rouge which had strongholds in the Siem Reap area.

In 1993, the United Nations sent peacekeeping forces to the province and I went to work for them, helping them clear the many mines that had been laid over the years by the various fighting forces.

In 1999, I opened the Landmine Museum in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat.

My Very Early Years

My family was separated when I was a baby. My mother and father lived in villages 5 km apart. I grew up in a house with about ten other children and one or two adults. We worked long hours in the fields pulling ploughs like cattle as the new regime did not allow machinery. We were fed very little, mainly rice soup, and we very quickly became undernourished.

My father, who used to be a teacher, was given a new job of constructing the roads. He was underfed and overworked and soon became very ill. He was admitted to the hospital and given "medicine." The medicine was actually tablets made of rabbit droppings and the IV serum was actually just root-stained water. Consequently, my father was still sick after ten days and also starving. That day, he was given a big bowl of nutritious soup which he very quickly ate. When he had finished eating, the Khmer Rouge accused him of lying about being ill and took him away and killed him as punishment.

Consequently, whenever I was ill, I was scared to tell anyone as I knew what would happen.

My mother had been given the job of collecting sewage from each of the houses which was used as fertilizer. If a house did not have any sewage, the people would be tortured as punishment. My mother told people to make pretend sewage from mud and water. She was considered a good worker and she was promoted to rice rationer and tailor. The only time I saw my mother was when she brought me my food. The guards always accompanied her but when they were not looking, she would sneak people more rice. In return, they would give her small animals to take to the sick people in the village. It was a simple system of helping each other to survive.

One day she was caught committing the simple crime of calling out to an old man to be careful as he was about to trip and spill his food. The Khmer Rouge did not miss anything. They had eyes in the back of their heads like a pineapple. They took my mother away and said that they were sending her to "school." School and education were severely frowned upon by the new regime and if you went to school, you never came back.

Consequently, as a child, I was terrified of "school."

As a small child, I knew more than anything else what it was like to be hungry. Everybody was living in a state of virtual starvation. Sometimes my friends and I would sneak out at night to find small animals and insects to eat. One day, my friend went to the pig trough and stole some scraps and quickly ate them. The next morning when the Khmer Rouge were carrying out their usual feces check, they noticed that one lot was different from the others and asked whom it belonged to.

My friend said that it was the pigs but there were telltale child's footprints beside it and the Khmer Rouge accused my friend of lying and killed him for the small crime of eating pig scraps.

One man was so hungry that he decided to steal a banana from a tree. The Khmer Rouge spotted him and told the village that they were going to make an example out of this man in case anyone else had similar ideas. They disemboweled this man in front of his family who were made to cheer and clap. No crying was allowed. This was also considered a crime of weakness.

Every week there would be a village meeting to decide who had been good and who had been bad. Those who had been bad, for whatever reason, would have their throats slit very slowly with palm fronds. Again the villagers were forced to cheer and clap as these people were murdered and they were taught to regard the bad people as the enemy.

One night, when I was peeing in the long grass at the side of the road, I heard a lot of footsteps and could see a long dark shadow winding slowly up the road. I thought that it was a giant snake but as it drew closer I could see that it was about 150 people marching along. I stayed very quiet and hid in the grass. In actual fact, the people were being marched to the killing fields at Ta Yet which is 40 km north of Siem Reap. They were teachers, doctors, artists, musicians and students, all people who, under Pol Pot,s new regime, were considered to be the enemy. Among them, I saw a little girl holding onto her mother,s hand. I tried to grab her arm and whisper to her to run away with me but she was very frightened and wanted to stay with her mother. This was one of my earliest memories.

Life as a Boy Soldier With the Khmer Rouge

After my parents were killed, I was "educated" by the Khmer Rouge and indoctrinated into their way of thinking. They were able to control the minds of many young orphaned children through fear. The only actual education of a formal nature that I received was when I was taught one letter of the Khmer alphabet per week. They had my innocence in their hands and were able to warp it any way they chose. I thought that the whole world existed like we did and the brutality and hardship, the starvation and all the guns, became my normal world. I came to accept their ways more and more and only knew fear if I strayed too far away from our village into unknown territory.

The Khmer Rouge taught us that the enemy was always just an arm,s length away and we had to learn songs like Victory, Power, New Government New Power, Strive To Kill The Enemy, and Everyone As One.

At the age of about ten, I was given my first gun. The gun was an AK47 and it was more or less the same size as me so I had a hard time finding a way to carry it over my shoulder. It took me a little time to get used to its weight and the kickback when I fired it. The Khmer soldiers laughed at me as I struggled to learn how to handle it. I learned to shoot by aiming at fruit in the trees, small animals and fish in the rivers. The Khmer soldiers had a huge pile of guns and would let us choose which ones we wanted to use from: AK47s, M16s, M60s and Kalashnakovs. Also, I could use rocket launchers, mortars, and Bazookas. In a way, these weapons were like toys to us children and we used to play games with them. Some small children were not familiar with guns and the Khmer Rouge would give them loaded guns with the safety pin off. One of my friends shot himself in the head accidentally because he did not understand how the gun worked.

Rocket launchers and mortars were actually easier for us to use because we would be lying down as we fired them and would not have to support any weight, as we would have to with a machine gun.

I was taught how to swim by the Khmer Rouge by the simple method of being thrown into the river. I struggled to doggy paddle but swallowed a lot of water and I would have drowned if it had not been for the help of one of my friends who dragged me from the water. To the Khmer Rouge, life was cheap and they did not care who lived or died during their years of brutality.

We were all given the same simple uniform to wear. It was black trousers and a black shirt, both loose-fitting like the peasants would wear. For shoes, we wore sandals made from tires and they were very strong. If one of the straps broke, it was simple to repair them with a small pin made of bamboo. We wore a red and white-checked scarves. I was just given black shorts and no shirt.

The Vietnamese army came to Cambodia as early as 1979 but did not reach Siem Reap until 1983. The Khmer Rouge had many camps in the jungles but the Vietnamese were everywhere on the roads. Both sides occupied temples around the Angkor Wat area. The Khmer Rouge occupied Ta Prahm and Preak Khan and the Vietnamese occupied Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Bakain Mountain where the Vietnamese General stayed.

One night we heard the Vietnamese were coming. We applied all sorts of tactics to fight against them. At one camp, the Khmer Rouge made a huge pot of soup with a lot of meat and vegetables in it and also a lot of poison from a local tree. As the Vietnamese approached, the Khmer Rouge ran away leaving the poisoned soup behind. The Vietnamese were very happy with their easy victory and sat down to eat the soup to celebrate. As they all began to fall ill due to the poison, we came back to the camp and opened fire on them, killing them all.

At the time the Vietnamese arrived, I was living in the Khmer Rouge camp learning how to set and detonate mines. The Khmer Rouge had taken such a control over my young and innocent mind that they told me that the Vietnamese were giants with huge great teeth and long moustaches. In fact, the Khmer word for Vietnam is "Yeaknan," which translates as "giant Vietnamese." As children, we were obviously terrified. I was quite happily surprised to find that the Vietnamese were exactly the same dimensions as myself.

When the Vietnamese came, both sides were evenly matched. However, after a few days of intense fighting, the Vietnamese cunningly adopted new tactics. They sent in tanks. At this time, 90 per cent of the Khmer Rouge had never seen a tank and were not sure how to combat them. The Khmer Rouge launched an attack with all they had, machine guns, rocket launchers and mortars. When the tanks stopped their approach, the Khmer Rouge thought that they had immobilized them and moved towards them. At this point, a signal was given by a Vietnamese soldier hiding in the jungle and the tanks started moving forward opening fire as they did so, killing all the Khmer Rouge.Fortunately, I had not approached the tanks. Instead, I had ran into the jungle to hide. However, unbeknown to me, Vietnamese soldiers were lying in wait for me hiding among the trees. They captured me at gunpoint and took me away.

Fighting the Khmer Rouge as a Vietnamese Army Conscript

Many of my friends had been killed but the children who were left were taken to a camp near Angkor Wat. The Vietnamese were desperate for conscripts as were the Khmer Rouge who had by this time started treating the people very well instead of brutalizing them as before. The two armies adopted the same tactics to encourage people to join them and the Vietnamese told me that if I joined them I would have rank and power, good food and money and other such promises. Although I was starving, the stories told to me by the Khmer Rouge were still fresh in my mind and I thought that they were fattening me up for something and I was very confused. However, the Vietnamese treated us very well and the village elders came to trust them and, on their advice, I slowly began to work with the Vietnamese army and started to fight against my old army, the Khmer Rouge. At this point, I still knew nothing of what was going on the outside world and continued to imagine that this kind of life was normal.

Life with the Vietnamese army continued in a similar vein as with the Khmer Rouge. We still had very little to eat and would be constantly looking for food.

Both the Khmer Rouge and the Vietnamese forces would raid villages and take what little food they had. I ate many bizarre things during this time, on one occasion the trunk of an elephant. The rations were very poor and the packets of rice were often found to be old and moldy with bits of rocks. If we were very hungry and were unable to find water to cook the rice with, we would pee into the plastic bag to soften the rice and many times I had to eat like this.

The Vietnamese had many camps around the Siem Reap area and placed Russian Mon 50 mines all around the perimeters. The Khmer Rouge sent a spy during the day to locate where the mines were laid. Later that night, the spy returned with some other soldiers and turned the mines around. These mines are lethal to a distance of 100 meters and are remote-controlled. When they next attacked, the mines were inadvertently discharged back towards the Vietnamese.

The Vietnamese B40 grenade launcher has a special significance for me. Sometime during the rainy season in 1988, I was attached to a Vietnamese army unit fighting the Khmer Rouge in the Siem Reap area. While marching through the jungle, one of our men noticed four or five Khmers. He slowly aimed the B40 towards them, but before he could pull the trigger, a Khmer sniper cracked some shots at the launcher. Had any of' the shots made a direct hit, it would have exploded killing all of us. Fortunately for us, the bullet just pierced the muzzle of the grenade just below the ordinance. The AK47 slug can still be heard rattling around inside. I know this because I returned to the scene a short time later and recovered the B40 as a souvenir.

When I was about fourteen, I had another experience that I will never forget. The Khmer Rouge outnumbered us one day and many of our soldiers had been killed leaving the rest of us to run for our lives. While we were running, we dropped ammunition from the magazines of our AK47s onto the ground. These appeared to be loaded with ammunition. However, we had added poison to the bullets so that when the guns were consequently tired, they would give off a toxic gas. We later returned to find the Khmer Rouge choking on the poisonous fumes and we killed them all.

The Vietnamese were responsible for destroying many of the precious statues in and around the Angkor Wat area as they used to take potshots at them when they were bored. They looted many ancient and valuable artifacts from the temples and they have never been found. They also killed many animals and birds and took vast amounts of wood from the jungles to send back to Vietnam to then sell on as a valuable commodity. Three times a day, they would chop down the wood and we have lost large amounts of our jungles as a result.

Many people between the years 1984 and 1990 were killed or injured by landmines. The hospitals were far away and there were few civilians or soldiers who had first-aid knowledge to help. Hospitals were set up in the jungle by the armies but there were many casualties and few doctors or medicines or equipment so many people died.

Many of the soldiers who were victims of mines were evicted from the army and then left to find badly-paid jobs, such as road cleaning. Many resort to begging to this day. There are still hundreds of people killed or injured every year by landmines, many of them civilians working in the fields who come across them while clearing the land. Still today you can find many weapons left behind by the army men as during fighting they were too heavy to carry. Many children are still injured or killed by such weapons and mines. Innocent curiosity often proves to be fatal.

I like to tell those who are interested about a little unusual story which occurred during an encounter that I had when I went into battle with the Vietnamese army against the Khmer Rouge. One day I was shooting across a field against the enemy when through the sight of my weapon, I saw my uncle who I was ready to shoot. This startled me and in surprise, I lowered my weapon. However, my uncle didn't recognize me and continued to shoot at me from 50 meters away. I hid in the grass and upon noticing my reluctance to shoot, my friends asked me why my accuracy which was normally good was now not good. I told them I had a headache and couldn't shoot straight. I had to shoot back, however, so I just shot over my uncle,s head until he ran away. Only last year, I spoke to my uncle and told him about what happened that day and we had a big laugh. Now we both live in peace and are happy.

Forced to Join a Third Army

It was during 1989 that the Vietnamese finally pulled out of Cambodia and I was then conscripted into yet another army, the Cambodian army, again still fighting with the remaining factions of the Khmer Rouge.

Between 1990 and 1992, still conscripted in the Cambodian army, I was finally given the option to return to school and start to study as a normal person would. However, I was called upon to fight many times against the Khmer Rouge.

I was very lucky during all my time spent with the various different armies and had many lucky escapes. On one occasion, a General of the Cambodian army was based at Banteay Meanchey and was asked to move to another area nearby. Before he left, he wanted to say goodbye to some of his friends in the villages so he requested to visit the village of Samrong. A security check was made on the roads surrounding the village to make sure that the road was safe from mines. None were found. However, the villagers forewarned the Khmer Rouge that the General would be visiting and, in exchange for cash, the Khmer Rouge gave them anti-tank mines to lay on the road to the village. It was common knowledge that, as an important man, the General would be arriving in a tank. In the morning, a convoy of ten soldiers and a pick-up truck had passed without problem. The double anti-tank mine had been placed outside the perimeters of the pick-up,s wheels and, therefore, did not detonate the mine. The larger wheels of the tank did and inside were four important men as well as the General who were crushed to death by the blast. I was sat upon the top of the tank as a lookout and the blast catapulted me into the rice paddy fields that flanked the road but I landed safely and softly.

On another occasion, I was in an army camp of thirty soldiers next to a village and we knew that the Khmer Rouge were close by in the jungle. The Khmers would come every night to fire mortar shells at our camp, killing soldiers and innocent villagers. They always moved their camp around so that they were hard to find. My army boss chose three soldiers including myself to find and destroy this band of Khmers. I took one rocket launcher and some hand grenades and my friend took rockets and AK47s. Another friend took an M16 and a different rocket. Because we had so many different weapons, we could appear to be, from a distance, a large unit. We moved towards the enemy in the dark through the rice fields changing places many times and firing the different weapons. I crept up on the Khmer unit, fired my rocket and killed all five of them. When we returned to our camp, I told my boss that no one was injured and he was very angry with me. I then told him that no one was injured because they were all dead. I was only about 17 years old.

Not all my stories are about killing and horror for people. I remember one time when I was laying mines and I noticed monkeys watching us from the trees. Monkeys are very curious and they wanted to know what we had done with wires and bombs. Unfortunately for the nosy monkeys, they tripped the wire and blew themselves up. When the soldiers heard the explosion, they thought that they had killed some of the enemy and went to see what had happened. All they found were dead monkeys and they took them home for their dinner.

After a few days, the soldiers noticed that bears would often use the same path that they had mined. Bears are much more intelligent than monkeys and on a hot day, they even make themselves a kind of hat from cut leaves. The soldiers saw the bears and looked forward to another feast. They mined the path and put a huge pot of water on to boil in anticipation. The bears came by as usual but the soldiers were surprised to see that the clever bears actually stepped over the trip wire and avoided blowing themselves up.

Clearing Mines for the United Nations

After my time with the Cambodian army, a peacekeeping force arrived, sent into Siem Reap by the United Nations. The UN went around this area and asked many Cambodian people if we wanted to work for them helping to clear the millions of landmines amongst other important jobs that needed doing after the wars.

When I first came into the town of Siem Reap, I was amazed at many things that I saw there. I had only known a life in the jungle and we lived without electricity, toilets, and roads. Even transport was a whole new world to me because I had only ever seen trucks and tanks and, occasionally, very old motorbikes. When I saw all the big cars I could not believe my eyes. When I first saw the paved roads in Siem Reap, I thought that they were a mountain that started in the town. The concrete houses were also fascinating to me because I had only ever seen shacks and huts. I touched the walls of the houses to see what they were all about. When the UN put a huge cinema screen up in the town, the people came to wonder at the film. When the cars and tanks moved on the screen, many people ran away as they thought that they were going to come right off the screen into the audience.

Many different ethnic groups came with the UN: Black African, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and many types of people we had just never seen before. For a while I thought I was either dreaming or had been transported to another planet and it took me around one month before I got used to my new surroundings.

The best day for me was when I went up in the helicopter with the UN troops. I could not believe how everything looked from the air as the pilot flew all over Angkor Wat and the jungles.

I was given the chance to go to school and study and so all round, my life took a dramatic turn for the better. I quickly learned some English and sometimes worked as an interpreter for Cambodians and also foreign members of the UN forces as not all were English-speaking. In addition to English, I also learned to speak some French and Japanese.

The UN trained me and some other people to use metal detectors and other equipment to find landmines. Although I had a lot of experience with mines, we were taught how to make them safe and spent long hours clearing the many mines in and around the Angkor Wat area. This area has been made relatively safe for a few years. We also went into the villages to explain to the people about the mines and showed them the red sign which indicates a dangerous area.

I also helped the victims of the landmines and we showed them how to look after their injuries and how to stop the blood flow should anybody step on a mine. Some victims would be carrying a gun when the stepped on the mines. They would be crazy because of the pain and might shoot people who came to help them. We had to explain many things to the villagers about the problems with the mines.

I worked with the UN for three years until they left Cambodia. I received a salary while I worked for the UN and I was feeling quite well off. After my time with them, I decided that the best step for me to take would be to carry on working to clear the mines as it was my kind of trade. However, I did not have the use of specialist equipment and had to make do with more simple tools which I have mastered.

One day in 1995, a mother, father and their six-month-old child were going to collect rice near the Thailand border in their oxcart. They loaded the cart with rice and made their way back towards home but their over-laden cart triggered an anti-tank mine on the road back to the village. Two cows and the mother and father were killed instantly. The mother, embracing the child at the moment of the explosion, saved his life. The mother and child were catapulted into an anti-personnel landmine field where the local villagers could not reach the dead
mother and the screaming child. It took three days for the villagers to first find me and then get me to the area to clear the minefield to reach the baby who, incredibly, had survived by suckling on his deceased mother,s breast. He was adopted by his grandmother and is growing up.

During my days spent clearing the mines, I would find many relics from the war and I slowly started collecting various bits and nieces and I hid them in several places around the jungles. I was living in a small rented room in Siem Reap at the time and had nowhere to keep my finds. Eventually I bought a small piece of land and built what is now my home which later became my museum, too. My first home is like a lookout tower and made from bamboo and has a grass roof. I had to build it upon bamboo stilts because when I was first there, I had a couple of incidents with robbers and looters but I greased the poles of my home and pulled the ladder up at night so they could not take anything from me.

Opening My First Museum

I then hit upon the idea of starting a museum as I had found so many things and did not have anywhere to keep them all. I had many guns such as AK47s, Kalasnikovs, M16s, M60s, small pistols, machine guns and large rifles. I had rocket launchers, mortars, grenades, gas masks, CS gas canisters, bombs and even uniforms. On one occasion, I found napalm but it was too heavy for me to carry alone so I had to leave it. I sometimes had to pay people to help me transport the finds home as there were a lot or they were just too heavy. I also have many antitank mines, anti-personnel mines and smaller mines. I must add that all of the mines and bombs that I found have been made safe by me so no longer pose any threat to anyone.

My museum took a long time to make because I had to build a place to exhibit everything and this required money. I slowly saved up enough money from a job as a tour guide and I gradually created the museum and finally opened it to the public in 1999.

I also have some paintings which I painted to depict scenes of the various wars. Obviously I had no photographs to show visitors and this was my way of explaining the many situations that I have found myself. A part of many of the stories of my life can be seen depicted in the paintings at the museum.

For a few years after, I regularly went into the rural areas in the Siem Reap province to find and defuse landmines. I rely heavily on donations because I do not work for any organizations and sometimes I have to pay local people to help me with my work. I am always looking for volunteers to assist me and many foreigners came along on trips with me to both help and also to understand the full extent of the horror of the landmines that we still have in Cambodia.

Many people visiting Cambodia are interested in the effects the problems of our recent history has had on the people and ask how the Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot was allowed to do the things he did. I can only say that, from my personal point of view, I understand that many people still feel distress for the loss of their families and because of all the hardships the regime created, but I feel that Cambodia should concentrate on moving forward and rebuilding a new way of life. There is no point dwelling on the past because it is sadly irreversible.

We live daily with the legacy of the landmine and also unexploded bombs. I hope that my museum will help to explain to people that, for us, the horror is not yet over. We still need help in dealing with this massive problem and I feel that the world is not fully aware of the scale of the situation. We have 27,000 victims of landmines in the Siem Reap province alone and that figure rises daily.

Information regarding the number of mines in this country and other parts of the world is only an estimation as there are many unrecorded minefields. It may take up to fifty to one hundred years to find and clear every mine. You can help us by informing people in your country about the problems we face in Cambodia and hopefully, we will eventually get enough support to assist us to speed up making this country safe for its people.

My Life Now

After so many years of bad times, my life is now good. I am now married. My wife,s name is Hourt. Hourt helps me at the museum in many ways. We now have a son whose name is Amatak, a Khmer name which means "Forever" in English. We also have ten young landmine victims who live with us. They are orphans like me or have parents who have asked me to look after them. We take care of these children who lost their arms and legs and help them to live by themselves when they grow up. We also help children around the area and send them to school.

Even after the birth of my son in 2003, landmines and unexploded ordnance continue to cause many injuries and deaths for people in Cambodia, even in relatively safe Siem Reap which has so many foreigners visit each year. On a recent day, a man rushed into the museum to tell me that he just saw five boys playing with an artillery shell only 500 meters from the museum. I quickly left a group of tourists behind and raced to the field where five boys indeed had a large artillery shell that they were passing around. I ordered them to freeze, gently took the shell from them, dismantled it and found that it was still active. I removed the detonator. This most recent artillery shell is now on display in the museum.

We must all do what we can to educate our children and make Cambodia a safe country again so that Amatak and all children can really live forever.

Thank You

Once again, I say thank you to Richard Fitoussi for the big help he gives me to achieve my dreams.


Aki Ra








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