Jackie Chan is not only the biggest martial arts star in the world; due to his massive fame in the Far East he is probably the most popular movie star on the planet. This authorised biography tells a classic rags-to-riches story of how he got there. Born in Hong Kong to a poor Migrant family, Chan was sent to Chinese Opera school to study under a disciplinarian teacher. He acquired a solid grounding in physical expression and left aged 16 to become a stuntman in the Hong King film industry. By sheer force of personality, tenacity and some genuinely impressive stunts, he quickly became a box-office favourite and a star. Chan is just starting to break through in Hollywood and this is obviously where his considerable energies are now being directed. "I've been on Letterman and Jay Leno", he proudly claims, "I've gotten an award on MTV. Lionel Richie came to visit me on the set". But despite his new friends Chan has never forgotten how far he has come and ends the book with a poetic statement of his achievement. "I was a useless child./ A ragged boy./ A reckless teen./ And now --/ Look who I am now!". --Nick Wroe
"IN THE PANTHEON OF MOVIE ACTION HEROES, THERE IS ONLY ONE TRUE GOD, AND HIS NAME IS JACKIE CHAN."
--The Washington Post
"JACKIE CHAN'S LIFE STORY READS LIKE A JACKIE CHAN MOVIE: LOTS OF ACTION."
"Chan is the most inventively kinetic movie star since Fred Astaire--his martial arts/acrobatic/stunt riding virtuosity is matched only by a comic ability to convert anything into a weapon."
--The Village Voice
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