Jackie Chan, born Chan Kong-sang, is arguably the greatest martial arts movie star after Bruce Lee. He is one of the most recognized faces in the world and is known for his charming screen presence and impeccable fighting skills. Jackie Chan is trained in Kung Fu and Hapkido among other fighting techniques and performs many of his own stunts and fight sequences in the movies.
Jackie Chan is one of the few people to have gained widespread acclaim in the Eastern and Western hemispheres. An extremely influential cinematic personality, Chan did not start off in the acting line directly. In fact, he failed at the first school he was enrolled in. Nonetheless, the prolific star decided to make a change at a young age and went instead to the China Drama Academy. Here he found his true calling and became one of the best students at the school. He began performing in several theaters and eventually shifted to movies by being a stuntman in films like ‘Enter the Dragon‘. Chan’s first breakthrough movie was ‘Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow’ but it was ‘Drunken Master‘ that propelled him to mainstream success. Films like ‘Police Story’, where Chan performed a number of intense fight scenes and dangerous stunts, only went to cement his popularity in the entertainment industry.
While he was already dominating in the East, Jackie Chan had not made his presence felt in the West. He soon altered this by appearing in ‘Rumble in the Bronx’. ‘Rush Hour‘, where he starred alongside Chris Tucker, really made him a household name in the West. Jackie Chan did not stop there, and made movies like ‘Who Am I?’ and ‘Shanghai Noon’. He also lent his voice in ‘Kung Fu Panda‘. Now at this point you must be wondering what is the next Jackie Chan movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Jackie Chan films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Jackie Chan movies will be as good as some of his recent ones.
9. Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (2019)
‘Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask’, also known as ‘Viy 2: Journey to China’, is an upcoming Russo-Chinese action-adventure movie. It tells the tale of Jonathan Green, the English traveler. This man receives an order from Peter the Great to chart the map of Russia in the far east. He sets out on a journey that is scientific and supernatural in nature and it takes him from England to China. The adventures that he faces while on this journey makes up the plot of the film. Jason Flemyng appears in the role of Green and Jackie Chan also stars in a crucial role. Since Green will be encountering many martial artists in the east, it makes sense for someone of Jackie Chan’s expertise to be a part of the cast. Notably, the film is based on ‘Viy’, by Nikolai Gogol. It is due to be released on August 16, 2019.
8. The Climbers (2019)