Screen Junkies » jackie chan http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:03:11 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Supercut: Every Jackie Chan Stunt Ever http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/supercut-every-jackie-chan-stunt-ever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/supercut-every-jackie-chan-stunt-ever/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:17:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=266066 How often can one guy continually escape death?

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Head on over to YouTube to watch this 26-minute long supercut that purports to be the ultimate compilation of every time Jackie Chan has put his health and physical safety in harm’s way instead of just hiring some dude in a wig do it. Which is an odd choice because getting hurt sucks and his hair isn’t even really complicated.

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‘Rush Hour’ Pilot Coming To CBS From ‘Scrubs’ Creator, Without Chris Tucker Or Jackie Chan http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rush-hour-pilot-coming-to-cbs-from-scrubs-creator-without-chris-tucker-or-jackie-chan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rush-hour-pilot-coming-to-cbs-from-scrubs-creator-without-chris-tucker-or-jackie-chan/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:21:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265935 There will be no Tucker. There will be no Chan. So don't even ask.

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This TV-adaptation thing is sorta getting out of hand, huh? Uncle Buck, Say Anything, Problem ChildShooter, Scream, Minority Report, about a billion others, and now Rush Hour is getting the call via a pilot order from CBS. The show will revolve around the fish-out-of-water premise, but won’t star either Chris Tucker or Jackie Chan. It WILL be executive produced by Brett Ratner (yay?) and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has been tasked with overseeing the whole thing.

It’s not the worst idea in the world, but it feels very unnecessary. Also, how is this not on USA? This type of disposal action comedy is right in USA’s wheelhouse. Just kill the last of the eight hours of Suits you show every day and make some room for this!

This apparently has no bearing on the Rush Hour 4 film, which WOULD star Tucker and Chan, but has been in development limbo for the past five years or so.

(Deadline)

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‘Karate Kid 2′ Will Return Jaden Smith And Jackie Chan, If They Can Fix The Damn Script http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/karate-kid-2-will-return-jaden-smith-and-jackie-chan-if-they-can-fix-the-damn-script/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/karate-kid-2-will-return-jaden-smith-and-jackie-chan-if-they-can-fix-the-damn-script/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:45:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262557 There's going to be a script?

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If a reboot works, then I guess a sequel to the reboot or a reboot to the sequel is in order. And seeing as how the Karate Kid taking in $343 million across the world, and Will Smith giving his special little boy what he wants, it’s no surprise we’re being treated to Karate Kid 2.

Both Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will be returning because they’re both amazing.

The original screenwriters have been replaced and the slated director Brock Eisner (pretty sure that’s not the wrestler with a similar name) has walked due to “scheduling conflicts,” but these days that’s just a pretense.

The real reason someone associated with the film would walk was because Jaden Smith‘s Tweets were either too obnoxious or too creepy. Often both!

 

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Jaden Smith To Revisit The Karate Kid Franchise HI-YA! *Breaks Board With Head* http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jaden-smith-to-revisit-the-karate-kid-franchise-hi-ya-breaks-board-with-head/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jaden-smith-to-revisit-the-karate-kid-franchise-hi-ya-breaks-board-with-head/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:16:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260931 When you're standing Ralph Macchio's shadow, you best take a long, hard look at the direction your life is going.

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Lest you thought that Jaden Smith was only going to act as father Will’s Mini-Me, and was resigned to simply attending awards shows styled in clothes to within an inch of his life, rest assured: He will return to make a sequel to a remake no one asked for with the next installment of The Karate Kid.

And a sage Jackie Chan will play his aging Asian mentor.

:)

Little else is known about the premise of the sequel, as the original remake (is that even a thing) had him go to China. I think an interesting direction to take things would to have Jaden’s character get hassled by street thugs, but, then, instead of learning karate to put them in their place, he gets kidnapped by the thugs, and just is never seen again.

That would be worth $14.

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Jackie Chan Is Building A Jackie Chan-Themed Amusement Park, According To…Jackie Chan http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-is-building-a-jackie-chan-themed-amusement-park-according-to-jackie-chan/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-is-building-a-jackie-chan-themed-amusement-park-according-to-jackie-chan/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:15:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257070 Chris Tucker will reside in one of the ten sandalwood houses.

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Jackie Chan says he’s building a theme park in Beijing dedicated to none other than himself, Mr. Phillip Seymour Jackie Chan. Upon his full description, which you can read here, it sounds less like a theme park with roller coasters and stuff, and more like a theme park in the more literal sense, with the themes being Jackie Chan and culture.

It’s going to be called JC World, which will no doubt have the Westboro folks in a tizzy, and the theme park will offer on display Chan’s antiques, jewelry, and ancient sandalwood houses.

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(I’m sorry, I lulled myself right to sleep with that description of the theme park.)

The park will be free, which makes the concept slightly more palatable, and will be “three-quarters of a square mile in size.” To wrap your head around that area, just imagine a parcel of land with four congruent sides of .86 miles each!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That will probably be one of the more interesting facts about JC World.

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Jackie Chan Knows What Jackie Chan’s Next Two Projects Will Be http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/jackie-chan-knows-what-jackie-chans-next-two-projects-will-be/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/jackie-chan-knows-what-jackie-chans-next-two-projects-will-be/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:36:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255352 Jackie Chan is pleased about this Jackie-Chan-related news.

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At a lavishly appointed press event in Shanghai, movie star Jackie Chan and the highly successful Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers announced the next two projects to come from the pair’s profitable collaboration.

The first upcoming Jackie Chan vehicle is tentatively titled Manhattan. Set in New York, it will star Jackie Chan as a Jackie-Chan-like character who “converses with love and hate.” The second is called Wolf Flag, and will star Jackie Chan in what Huayi Brothers describes as a “mournful ode concealed in the stricken desert.”

Aside from these brief snippets, we won’t know much else about these future Jackie Chan projects until they begin filming. Will they be keeping with Jackie Chan’s recent pledge to be “a true actor”? Will they feature blooper reels with Jackie Chan flubbing dangerous stunts and then grinning into the camera? Will they be popular enough to get eventual North American theatrical releases? Perhaps only Jackie Chan can tell.

Jackie Chan.

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‘Rush Hour 4′ Is In The Works, Says Producer Whose Words You Can Understand Coming Out Of His Mouth http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rush-hour-4-is-in-the-works-says-producer-whose-words-you-can-understand-coming-out-of-his-mouth/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rush-hour-4-is-in-the-works-says-producer-whose-words-you-can-understand-coming-out-of-his-mouth/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:47:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=250052 This will allow Chris Tucker to do absolutely nothing of consequence for the ten years or so.

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Because there are STILL unanswered questions stemming from the first three, a Rush Hour 4 is in the works, according to producer Arthur Sarkissian. The fourth installment will return to the grittiness of the first film, which itself can only be considered “gritty” in the context of the other two sequels, I guess.

I had always thought that Jackie Chan was the guy you used to get grit off your movies. And Chris Tucker was the guy you used to get them to taste like white bread and water.

Now what will the fourth Rush Hour entail, plot-wise? Hmm. Probably a sassy talking dog, maybe sassy Puerto Rican wives, or maybe a sassy eight-year old that the duo are charged with protecting.

There will be sass.

Yes, I see your hand up, you in the back, and director Brett Ratner’s involvement isn’t imagined at this time, though Mr. Sarkissian did say Ratner was “more than welcome to do it,” which is a nice way of saying, “Mr. Ratner can go fuck himself. I have a gay son who I love very much.”

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Jackie Chan Retires From Action, Just Wants To Be Old http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-retires-from-action-just-wants-to-be-old/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-retires-from-action-just-wants-to-be-old/#comments Fri, 18 May 2012 16:59:32 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248781 He's throwing in the towel... that he previously used to break some guy's arm.

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There comes a time in every man’s life when they need to give up the pursuit of hitting other guys in the face with paintcans. Sadly for cinema, it is now that time for Jackie Chan. He’s announced that with his newest film, Chinese Zodiac, he will retire from big action films. Unless we’re talking about Rush Hour or Karate Kid sequels. Dude’s gotta eat, y’know?

“I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. So for the last 10 years I’ve done other films like The Karate Kid, where I’d rather play an old man.”

“I will ask my body how long I can go. I’m not young anymore,” he said, but added: “In the future I’ll still do Karate Kid 2, Rush Hour 4.” (BBC)

And Expendables 3. And the Las Vegas-set Shanghai Rollers. But then that’s it. Acting only after those.

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9 Esteemed Directors And The Action Stars They Should Work With Next http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-esteemed-directors-and-the-action-stars-they-should-work-with-next/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-esteemed-directors-and-the-action-stars-they-should-work-with-next/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:19:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=244913 We can dream, can't we?

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Yesterday, it was announced that Brian De Palma would return to film-making for a project starring… Jason Statham? Yes. Jason Statham. In a remake of Heat. Not the beloved Michael Mann film, but the Heat from 1987 that starred Burt Reynolds. Anyway you slice it, that’s a weird pair for that project. But it’s also kind of brilliant. It’s time that the action stars had their day and the chance to work with celebrated directors.

Here’s my take on exactly who should work together and why. If anything, it would lead to really pretty films about dudes getting punched.

Wes Anderson – Sylvester Stallone

This pairing seems like a partnership made in movie heaven. Wes Anderson is fond of crafting his stories around damaged men with enormous egos. Sylvester Stallone has proven himself adept at drama and comedy. I’d think Anderson and one of the Coppolas could create a memorable character for him. Here’s what I’m thinking: Stallone stars as a painter who can’t sell his work. However, due to a clerical error the world believes he died. His works become enormously successful but he can’t enjoy the notoriety because no one believes he’s still living. Luke Wilson and Jennifer Hudson co-star.

Quentin Tarantino – Jackie Chan

What Jackie Chan needs right now is a chance to shake up his image. A string of family friendly films have tarnished his box office shine and Hollywood is beginning to forget about him. Sound familiar? That’s right. QT has the power to reignite Chan’s fading star. He did it for John Travolta AND he loves kung fu. Kill Bill Vol. 3 ain’t gonna cast itself. Just saying.

Steven Spielberg – Tony Jaa

Steven Spielberg has jerked many a tear in his day with his emotional stories of bravery and redemption. But has he ever filmed a guy kicking ninjas while riding an elephant? I’ll save you some research time. He hasn’t. That’s why he should work with Tony Jaa. It’s not like Tom Hanks is going to learn Thai martial arts, let alone how to ride an elephant. War Elephant anybody?

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Jackie Chan And 8 Other Actors With 100 Films Or More http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/jackie-chan-and-8-other-actors-with-100-films-or-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/jackie-chan-and-8-other-actors-with-100-films-or-more/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:35:24 +0000 Esteban http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231576 Welcome to the century club, Jackie.

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A new Jackie Chan film hits theaters today. It’s called 1911 and it’s (yawn) another period war epic. Usually this would be about as noteworthy as a fat celebrity doing a commercial for Jenny Craig. But today is different because, with this film, Jackie joins the Century Club. And I’m not talking about the Century Club you joined in college by drinking a hundred shots of beer in a hundred minutes. I’m talking about the Century Club you get into only once you have appeared in one hundred films. (It’s a little more exclusive.)

In honor of Jackie’s 100th film, and to give this accomplishment some historical context, how about we take a look at his career and the careers of eight other members of the hundred-film club?

Jackie Chan (100)

Jackie Chan is, without a doubt, one of the greatest action/kung fu movie stars in the history of cinema. No, screw it. He’s the best.* Sadly, he is also 57-years-old and, therefore, has been gradually (and understandably) moving away from the types of films that made him famous. These days you’re more likely to see him in war epics (Shaolin, 1911) and unnecessary remakes (The Karate Kid, which they didn’t even have the decency to rename The Kung Fu Kid, even though Jaden Smith clearly learns kung fu from a Chinese man in China) than movies with painstakingly choreographed action sequences like this one from First Strike:

*My shrink told me I should be more assertive.

Samuel L. Jackson (106)

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Sam Jackson’s membership in the Century Club is the fact that he only started getting regular work around 1987, when he was pushing 40-years-old. That means the guy has made 101 of his 106 films in the last 23 years, which comes to about 4.4 per year. To give you some perspective, prolific actors such as Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, and Charlton Heston aren’t members of the 100 film club despite careers that are twice as long as Jackson’s.

Incidentally, if you count Jackson’s work in the four recent Star Wars abominations, his 100th film was Iron Man 2 If you’re a supernerd who would prefer to excise those films from his resumé, that would make Captain America number one hundred. Either way, it’s a superhero movie.

James Earl Jones (107)

James Earl Jones is the only 100-film actor who didn’t even appear on screen in his most famous film.* But that’s not to say he hasn’t had some great moments on the silver screen. After all, the very first movie he ever made was Stanley Kubrick’s classicDr. Strangelove. Since then he’s done a little bit of everything, from the beloved baseball film Field of Dreams, to the not-so-beloved Dana Carvey bomb Clean Slate, to a made-for-TV vampire flick called Feast of All Saints—his 100th.

*If you just read that sentence without realizing I was talking about his role as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars, please be so kind as to punch yourself in the face for me.

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’1911′ Teaser Trailer: Jackie Chan’s 100th Film Is Nothing Like ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/1911-teaser-trailer-jackie-chans-100th-film-is-nothing-like-mr-nice-guy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/1911-teaser-trailer-jackie-chans-100th-film-is-nothing-like-mr-nice-guy/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:05:40 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=214171 Trying to decide whether you want to celebrate Chan's 100th movie or the 100th year anniversary of the Chinese Revolution? What if I said... you could do both?

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Trying to decide whether you want to celebrate Jackie Chan‘s 100th movie or the 100th year anniversary of the Chinese Revolution? What if I said you could do both? I know, it sounds unlikely, but hear me out.

One Last 'Karate Kid' Trailer (Sans Karate)

Above is the teaser trailer for Chan’s next big movie, for which he stars and co-directs with Zhang Li. 1911 is a historical drama chronicling the Xinhai Revolution, which led to the formation of the Republic of China. From the trailer, the film looks gripping and powerful, though I hope Chan will throw in a few ridiculous falling-off-a-building stunts. Or something with a helicopter. Yeah, I know they didn’t have helicopters back then, but think of the fans. Ya gotta give the people what they want, even if it makes the movie terrible.

1911 revolts into theaters in America and China on September 26th, 2011. However, this looks to be a Japanese trailer, just to make things a little bit more confusing.

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ActionFest Review: ‘Little Big Soldier’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/actionfest-review-little-big-soldier/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/actionfest-review-little-big-soldier/#comments Sun, 10 Apr 2011 23:52:30 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206385 There’s no ladder twirling, conveyor belt sticking or cashier slot jumping through, but it’s always fun to see Chan move.

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I was really excited to see Jackie Chan’s latest Hong Kong movie at ActionFest. I’ll always order the DVD and see it before its American dub, but to see it in a theater! Little Big Soldier is amusing, but never amazing. There’s no ladder twirling, conveyor belt sticking or cashier slot jumping through, but it’s always fun to see Chan move.

The Soldier (Chan) wakes up on a battlefield strewn with dead bodies. He has a collapsible arrow on his chest plate so he could fake his death and wait out the battle. He manages to capture The General (Leehom Wang) of the Wei army. That could actually make The Soldier look good to his Liang superiors.

Little Big Soldier is basically an antagonistic buddy movie. The Soldier drags The General as a captive, the upper hand shifts, they have to team up to get out of greater danger, etc. All fine, as there’s been much thinner backdrop for Chan’s awesome work.

Chan is intentionally taking a backseat though. He’s designed his character as someone who can’t fight, which has never stopped him from making outrageous scenes of dodging attackers. He’s got moments but usually it’s other soldier fighting while The Soldier and/or The General look on and plan an escape.

When The Soldier has to, Chan gives him some cool skills. He climbs a tree trunk using a cloth. He throws a stone in the air and hits it with another stone, which pays off in a later fight scene. He parries incoming bolos with branches he finds on the ground. His battles with The General are played for bumbling comedy and their bamboo escape is funny.

Those moments are all very spread out. I’ll give Jackie Chan a rest. He’s been killing himself for us for decades, but that’s what Little Big Soldier is. It’s taking break, providing a decent show, but not one for the books.

Of course it wants to have more emotional and historical weight, because Chan really wants to do drama. The bond The General and The Soldier form is sincere and well acted, but typical of buddy movies. The film is about the Wei and the Liang battling before China was unified, and it reveals deep issues in the Wei side. That’s all fine but there are hundreds of other filmmakers and actors who can tackle history and character. There’s only one person who fits through a Vegas cashier slot. And that’s a stunt from an American movie!

We still get the bloopers in the end credits. The film’s most memorable action all had snafus, but there are still a lot of language blunders. Even in Chinese, they include flubbed lines, but at least you see Chan still push himself when he doesn’t quite take a beating hard enough and has to go again.

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Jackie Chan To Release 100th Movie, Will Break 100 Bones To Celebrate http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-to-release-100th-movie-will-break-100-bones-to-celebrate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-to-release-100th-movie-will-break-100-bones-to-celebrate/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 06:48:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27460 I think I might see '1911' just to support a man who's been killing himself for the world's enjoyment since 1964.

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Jackie Chan is preparing to release his 100th film. Of course, all of them are brilliant, especially his Academy Award winning turn in Burn, Hollywood, Burn. However, like he says in that terrible movie, we should not f*ck with him. After all, not only will the upcoming 1911 be Chan’s 100th (he stars in and co-directed 1911 with cinematographer Zhang Li (Red Cliff)), but the guy does all his own stunts, and just about all his movies require him to do a million crazy stunts. I think I might see this just to support a man who’s been killing himself for the world’s enjoyment since 1964. Here’s what his new one’s about:

“…the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen (Winston Chao) overthrew the Qing Dynasty.”

Hopefully, he falls off the side of a building or something, too?

A lot of American action stars have gone from beefed-up muscle heads to broken-down warhorses. Some folks are doubting whether Arnold Schwarzenegger can headline an action movie anymore, and he’s made less than half the films that Jackie Chan has. (Both Arnold and Jackie are middle aged – 63 vs. 57.) So, Chan, it seems like you’r unstoppable. Think you can do another 100 movies in 40 years? (Collider)

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Jackie Chan Hates Karate Kids http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-hates-karate-kids/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackie-chan-hates-karate-kids/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Karate Kid raked in 56 million dollars at the domestic box office this weekend, pretty much guaranteeing that Hollywood is about to go apesh*t with family-friendly 80s remakes. No one's certain if it's Jaden Smith's charisma, Jackie Chan's broken English, or the subject matter that attracted audiences, but one thing's for certain: Jackie Chan seriously hates karate kids. You'd assume he'd have more patience with them considering he's a master of the art form they're learning, but no, he just wants to jam his foot in their faces. Don't take my word for it though. Watch the manipulative/cleverly edited video below.

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The Karate Kid raked in 56 million dollars at the domestic box office this weekend, pretty much guaranteeing that Hollywood is about to go apesh*t with family-friendly 80s remakes. No one’s certain if it’s Jaden Smith‘s charisma, Jackie Chan’s broken English, or the subject matter that attracted audiences, but one thing’s for certain: Jackie Chan seriously hates karate kids. You’d assume he’d have more patience with them considering he’s a master of the art form they’re learning, but no, he just wants to jam his foot in their faces. Don’t take my word for it though.

Watch the manipulative/cleverly edited video below.

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Review: ‘The Karate Kid’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-karate-kid/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-karate-kid/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Karate Kid PG, 140min., 2010 Cast: Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Rongguang Yu, and Jackie Chan Directed by Harald Zwart Screenplay by Christopher Murphy based upon the 1980s movie of the same name.   The Karate Kid is as epic as a kid's movie can come, yet falls into the same pitfalls of most prequels/sequels/remakes.   As the overlong prologue begins, we meet 12-year-old Dre Parker of Detroit (Jaden Smith, a rail thin swagger type like his parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) who with his Mom (the great and underused actress Taraji P. Henson) move to Beijing, China. Once they arrive, Dre makes new enemies with a bullying martial arts gang, gets beaten to a pulp on the school's  playground, meets his first girlfriend, and learns the art of Kung-Fu by way of the local hermit Mr. Han (Jackie Chan in surprisingly great dramatic role).More after the jump...

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The Karate Kid
PG, 140min., 2010
Cast: Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Rongguang Yu, and Jackie Chan
Directed by Harald Zwart
Screenplay by Christopher Murphy based upon the 1980s movie of the same name.
 
The Karate Kid is as epic as a kid’s movie can come, yet falls into the same pitfalls of most prequels/sequels/remakes.
 
As the overlong prologue begins, we meet 12-year-old Dre Parker of Detroit (Jaden Smith, a rail thin swagger type like his parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) who with his Mom (the great and underused actress Taraji P. Henson) move to Beijing, China. Once they arrive, Dre makes new enemies with a bullying martial arts gang, gets beaten to a pulp on the school’s  playground, meets his first girlfriend, and learns the art of Kung-Fu by way of the local hermit Mr. Han (Jackie Chan in surprisingly great dramatic role).

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Ironically nobody got the memo about changing the title of the movie, since Smith is learning kung-fu, an ancient Chinese martial art and karate is a Japanese one.
 
The story is the same as the 1984 classic, only brighter, more expensive, and more exotic with the Great Walls of mainland China replacing the beaches of Southern California, where the kids are younger and more innocent, but five times deadlier than before, and some of the action scenes are quite tense and believable.
 
While most of the movie is pure bubble gum and gears towards kids 13 and under (the movies theme song is sung by Jaden Smith and the ever annoying Justin Bieber), the now grown adults who remember the original might get a sly kick out of seeing a series of nods to it. The best is the new Cobra Kai leader being played by Rongguang Yu of Iron Monkey fame.
 
Chan’s performance as Mr. Han holds the movie together. Through all of its sweeping shots of China and kid training montages, he gives a quiet and powerful performance that in one moment really tugs at your heart – it’s always tough to see a favorite action hero cry.  This may come as a surprise to many stateside audiences as we’ve seen him do more of his comedic action stick, but in the Hong Kong cinema he has played all types of characters. Chan is an actor who shows that he can be as dramatic as he is glowingly funny.
 
If this movie was a little more serious and adult-themed like the original, Chan would be looking at a possible nomination like Pat Morita before him.
 
The Karate Kid works for those kids who couldn’t get into Kick-Ass because of it’s R-rating, but for the rest of audience – unless you have a soft spot for Chan – you’ll be knocked into another seen-it-before remake.
 
Grade: C
 

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One Last ‘Karate Kid’ Trailer (Sans Karate) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/one-last-karate-kid-trailer-sans-karate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/one-last-karate-kid-trailer-sans-karate/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Jaden Smith is better than you at life.Sony has released the final trailer for The Karate Kid reboot starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. The film, which premieres this weekend, looks pretty good, provided you can overlook two annoying flaws. I'm sure I'm not the first to point out that the film lacks any actual karate, which is from Japan, and instead focuses on kung-fu, which is from China. It's like remaking Eight Men Out, but having them play Cricket, or remaking Squirt Woman 2 and having it focus on "water sports." There's a big difference. The second barrier to enjoying the film is Jaden Smith. Based on the trailer, he seems like he might be a decent actor. But the fact that a 12-year-old kid will probably nail more women this weekend than I will in my entire life makes it hard for me to concentrate. Instead of focusing on the kung-fu, I just keep tracing the veins in my wrist with the corner of my debit card over and over again.  Weird, huh? (First Showing) Enjoy the last Karate Kid trailer after the jump.

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Jaden Smith is better than you at life.

Sony has released the final trailer for The Karate Kid reboot starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. The film, which premieres this weekend, looks pretty good, provided you can overlook two annoying flaws.

I’m sure I’m not the first to point out that the film lacks any actual karate, which is from Japan, and instead focuses on kung-fu, which is from China. It’s like remaking Eight Men Out, but having them play Cricket, or remaking Squirt Woman 2 and having it focus on "water sports." There’s a big difference.

The second barrier to enjoying the film is Jaden Smith. Based on the trailer, he seems like he might be a decent actor. But the fact that a 12-year-old kid will probably nail more women this weekend than I will in my entire life makes it hard for me to concentrate. Instead of focusing on the kung-fu, I just keep tracing the veins in my wrist with the corner of my debit card over and over again.  Weird, huh? (First Showing)

Enjoy the last Karate Kid trailer after the jump.


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Second ‘Karate Kid’ Trailer Includes Its Own Fart Sound http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/second-karate-kid-trailer-includes-its-own-fart-sound/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/second-karate-kid-trailer-includes-its-own-fart-sound/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000  "I just go where they tell me to."The biggest problem I have with The Karate Kid remake isn't the casting or the performances but the premise. In the second trailer, we see Jaden Smith uprooted 11,000 miles away from home and forced to adjust to life on the rough and tumble streets of Beijing. I'm sorry but I refuse to believe that China is worse than Detroit. If you've ever been to Michigan, you know it looks like the aftermath of a zombie war. In China, the only real menace is subway overcrowding. All that withstanding, I can see this movie doing well. Jaden Smith's smugness is played down and Jackie Chan works as the grizzled mentor. Also, a monk threatens to bitchslap a cobra. The only thing that doesn't work for me are the "humorous" moments. I mean, c'mon. Is this a remake of The Karate Kid or Rush Hour 2? WATCH JACKIE CHAN BEAT CHILDREN AFTER THE JUMP...

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"I just go where they tell me to."

The biggest problem I have with The Karate Kid remake isn’t the casting or the performances but the premise. In the second trailer, we see Jaden Smith uprooted 11,000 miles away from home and forced to adjust to life on the rough and tumble streets of Beijing. I’m sorry but I refuse to believe that China is worse than Detroit. If you’ve ever been to Michigan, you know it looks like the aftermath of a zombie war. In China, the only real menace is subway overcrowding.

All that withstanding, I can see this movie doing well. Jaden Smith’s smugness is played down and Jackie Chan works as the grizzled mentor. Also, a monk threatens to bitchslap a cobra. The only thing that doesn’t work for me are the "humorous" moments. I mean, c’mon. Is this a remake of The Karate Kid or Rush Hour 2?

WATCH JACKIE CHAN BEAT CHILDREN AFTER THE JUMP…

 


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‘The Spy Next Door’ Actress Katherine Boecher http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-spy-next-door-actress-katherine-boecher/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-spy-next-door-actress-katherine-boecher/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:14:33 +0000 Defy Media Katherine Boecher has made a few guest appearances on TV shows, most notably playing Lilith on two episodes of Supernatural. She's one of those hot actresses you see pop up every now and again, and then fade away into a see of day-players.A word from Katherine: "Who wakes up and thinks, 'Next week I'm going to be fighting Jackie Chan.'"I do every day, Katherine. Every. Day.Wake up and think about the pics after the jump instead.

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Katherine Boecher has made a few guest appearances on TV shows, most notably playing Lilith on two episodes of Supernatural. She’s one of those hot actresses you see pop up every now and again, and then fade away into a see of day-players.

A word from Katherine: “Who wakes up and thinks, ‘Next week I’m going to be fighting Jackie Chan.’”

I do every day, Katherine. Every. Day.

Wake up and think about the pics after the jump instead.

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Enjoy Jaden Smith Getting His Ass Kicked in ‘The Karate Kid’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/enjoy-jaden-smith-getting-his-ass-kicked-in-the-karate-kid-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/enjoy-jaden-smith-getting-his-ass-kicked-in-the-karate-kid-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Karate Kid (2010) - Watch more Funny Videos Now, this is a trailer all about how I learned to karate kick and flip upside down. If you'd like to take a minute and hear about this thing, I'll tell you how I became the only black kid in Beijing. My moms moved to China and that really sucked. In the playground, getting my ass beat up. I talked to one Asian girl and then I'm like, "Damn! Did Jackie Chan just break off that kid's hand?" (via Yahoo)

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The Karate Kid (2010) – Watch more Funny Videos

Now, this is a trailer all about how I learned to karate kick and flip upside down. If you’d like to take a minute and hear about this thing, I’ll tell you how I became the only black kid in Beijing. My moms moved to China and that really sucked. In the playground, getting my ass beat up. I talked to one Asian girl and then I’m like, "Damn! Did Jackie Chan just break off that kid’s hand?" (via Yahoo)

 

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New ‘The Karate Kid’ Photo Makes Me Root for Cobra Kai http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-the-karate-kid-photo-makes-me-root-for-cobra-kai/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-the-karate-kid-photo-makes-me-root-for-cobra-kai/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Somehow Dre-son doesn't have the same ring to it as Daniel-son. And as you can tell from the above photo of The Karate Kid remake/re"imagining," it doesn't have the same look either. They must have photoshopped out the Hollywood producers giving each other congratulatory spanks on the ass.Apparently, Jaden Smith trained every day for four months with the film’s fight coordinator Master Wu, and they filmed a scene atop the Great Wall of China. Most likely his dad Will Smith, the guy from the Bad Boys movies, was with him every step of the way shouting, "Wax on, wax off, Jaden-son!" then giggling uncontrolably into the palm of his hand.Check out more pics of what's sure to be another slaughter of my fond childhood memories after the jump.

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Somehow Dre-son doesn’t have the same ring to it as Daniel-son. And as you can tell from the above photo of The Karate Kid remake/re"imagining," it doesn’t have the same look either. They must have photoshopped out the Hollywood producers giving each other congratulatory spanks on the ass.

Apparently, Jaden Smith trained every day for four months with the film’s fight coordinator Master Wu, and they filmed a scene atop the Great Wall of China. Most likely his dad Will Smith, the guy from the Bad Boys movies, was with him every step of the way shouting, "Wax on, wax off, Jaden-son!" then giggling uncontrolably into the palm of his hand.

Check out more pics of what’s sure to be another slaughter of my fond childhood memories after the jump.

 

(via /Film)

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The Karate Kid (2010) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-karate-kid-2010/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-karate-kid-2010/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2009 19:28:02 +0000 Reza F. Director: Harald ZwartCast: Jaden Smith, Jackie ChanSynopsis: Dre, a skateboarding video game buff who is forced to move to China after his single mother is forced to transfer to the China for work. Of course, unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle in, and gets beat up by the local bully. Mr. Han (the Mr. Miyagi character), a maintenance man who spots Dre’s black-eye and offers to teach him both martial arts and Chinese, so he can defend against the students of Li Quan Ha’s Fighting dragon school of Kung-Fu. 

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Director: Harald Zwart

Cast: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan

Synopsis: Dre, a skateboarding video game buff who is forced to move to China after his single mother is forced to transfer to the China for work. Of course, unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle in, and gets beat up by the local bully. Mr. Han (the Mr. Miyagi character), a maintenance man who spots Dre’s black-eye and offers to teach him both martial arts and Chinese, so he can defend against the students of Li Quan Ha’ Fighting dragon school of Kung-Fu.

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