Best Jackie Chan stunts of all time!
Writer: Casey Chong
Yup, that is a real lion with Jackie in "Kung Fu Yoga".
Martial arts superstar Jackie Chan has already reached the age of 62 and yet, he shows no sign of slowing down. Although his physical form isn't as agile as he used to be, he still manages to commit himself to making more action movies.
1. Clock tower fall in "Project A" (1983)
This upcoming Chinese New Year, Jackie is back with another action-comedy blockbuster titled "Kung Fu Yoga". Not only is it nice to see him reunite with "Rumble In The Bronx" and "Police Story 3: Supercop" director Stanley Tong, the martial arts superstar has recently generated a heavy buzz on Chinese social media regarding an extraordinary car chase shown in one of the trailers. How extraordinary, you say? Imagine driving a car with a lion in the backseat. Not a CGI lion, but an actual lion, which is reportedly owned by a royal family from Dubai.
Now, while we are awaiting the release of "Kung Fu Yoga", check out our list of Jackie Chan's best stunts ever seen throughout his illustrious career.
The famous clock tower fall in "Project A".
One of the iconic scenes in "Project A" sees its star, writer and director Jackie Chan paying homage to Harold Lloyd's legendary clock tower scene of 1923's "Safety Last!". Here, Jackie is seen plummeting down after losing his grip from the clock tower. The scene alone is shown twice in the movie to justify his painful fall that sees his body break through two cloth awnings on his way down. Ouch, indeed.
2. The first 15 minutes in "Police Story" (1985)
The incredible car chase scene.
"Police Story" is highly regarded as the landmark action movie in Hong Kong cinema that boasts some of the most insanely-choreographed stunts ever witnessed on screen. During the first 15 minutes alone, Jackie begins his movie with a spectacular car chase down the hillside and through the shantytown.
As if that's not enough, Jackie continues with a foot chase where he uses an umbrella to cling at the side of the speeding double-decker bus.
The sudden brakes of the double decker bus prompted the three
bad guys to fly out the windscreen.
Then, towards the final moment of the opening scene, Jackie fires a warning shot at the last minute right before the panicked double decker bus driver slams on the brakes and caused the three bad guys to be thrown out of the windscreen.
3. The mall pole slide in "Police Story" (1985)
Jackie upped the ante during the final 20 minutes in "Police Story", where he single-handedly defeated the bad guys in a shopping mall setting. This of course, led to an insane amount of sugar glass being smashed during the extended fight scene. Then comes the most insane stunt of all: Jackie risked his life by sliding down the light-covered pole! Mind you, it was performed using a real pole with real light bulbs. As a result, he suffered multiple injuries including second-degree burns, back pain and dislocation of his pelvis upon landing onto the ground.
4. The extended jumping scene in "Police Story 2" (1988)
Chan jumps through the Lee Kum Kee glass signboard in "Police Story 2".
Now, if you are tailing somebody, how do you get across the street without being spotted? For Jackie Chan in "Police Story 2", he does it the hard way. In this particular scene, he leaps over the ledge and landed atop a moving container truck. Then, he proceeds on jumping over the top of a passing double-decker bus, dodging two large signboards along the way before he finally crashes through the giant Lee Kum Kee glass signboard.
5. The motorcycle chase in "Armour Of God II: Operation Condor" (1991)
The spectacular motorcycle jump in "Armour Of God II: Operation Condor".
Back in 1991, "Armour Of God II: Operation Condor" was the most expensive Hong Kong movie ever made. Thanks to its HK$115 million production budget, Jackie Chan was able to come up with some of his most incredible stunts ever choreographed in his career. Among them, of course, is the spectacular motorcycle chase through the streets of Madrid. During this particular moment, we get to see Jackie fly his bike over the yellow van, ramming through the painting and going over the roofs of the cars. Jackie even got to perform acrobatic stunts during the motorcycle chase such as turning his body around while splashing red paint at the car behind him. Finally, towards the end of the chase, Jackie performed an incredible flip over the bars atop the ceiling of a warehouse as the car flies towards him. The scene concludes with Jackie riding his bike off the pier before he leaps into the air and grabs hold of the cargo net hanging from a crane. It was such a terrific stunt that the scene is shown three times in different angles.
6. The rope ladder/helicopter scene in "Police Story 3: Supercop" (1992)
Chan is dangling on a rope ladder in "Police Story 3: Supercop".
Although "Police Story 3: Supercop" had not reached the same creative heights set in the first 1985 movie, there is one death-defying stunt worth mentioning here. During the climactic finale set in Kuala Lumpur, Jackie is seen hanging on a rope ladder beneath the helicopter hovering around the city. And yes, this is all done without a stunt double or a safety net.
7. The snowboard chase in "Police Story 4: First Strike" (1996)
The spectacular snowboard chase that sees Chan leaping towards the
helicopter in "Police Story 4: First Strike".
This is the first "Police Story" movie that saw Jackie Chan go international, rather than just confining his fame in Hong Kong. Among the most spectacular stunts in "Police Story 4: First Strike" is the James Bond-like snowboard chase scene where Jackie is being pursued by a group of high-tech terrorists down a snowy mountain. The scene ends with Chan leaping over the edge of the cliff and grabbing hold of the helicopter's landing skid.
8. The free-falling slide on the side of a skyscraper in "Who Am I?" (1998)
Chan is about to slide down the Willemswerf building.
What do you do if you are trapped on a rooftop with the bad guys approaching? In the case of Jackie Chan in "Who Am I?", he decided not to give up or even fight against them at all. Instead, the final scene sees him jumping and sliding down the side of Rotterdam's Willemswerf building. Likewise, the man himself had done the stunt without a safety net. And just so you know, Jackie reportedly took two weeks to brave himself before he finally attempted the dangerous sliding stunt.
Cinema Online, 22 January 2017
"Kung Fu Yoga" opens in cinemas nationwide on 26 January 2017.