Jackie Chan Kicks it at the Academy
Action star, comedian and martial arts master Jackie Chan will be the special guest at “An Academy Salute to Jackie Chan,” featuring a screening of “Police Story III – Supercop.”
Hosted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Chan will participate in an onstage conversation before the screening of the 1992 action movie, which co-stars Michelle Yeoh, on Monday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
There will be special viewing hours for the Academy’s latest exhibition, “KICK ASS! Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection,” in the Grand Lobby Gallery immediately following the screening.
SPECIAL EVENING GALLERY HOURS FOR KICK ASS! KUNG FU POSTERS FROM THE STEPHEN CHIN COLLECTION IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SCREENING
The Academy’s summer of kung fu continues with a salute to this renowned martial arts master, action star and comedian. With over 100 film appearances, and through his frequent work as a producer, director and writer, Jackie Chan has become a global phenomenon, all the while performing his own incredible stunts.
Born in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan studied martial arts, acting, acrobatics and singing at the China Drama Academy, which was a training ground for the famed Peking Opera. He made his film debut at the age of 8, in 1962’s “Big and Little Wong Tin Bar,” and made several other film appearances with his schoolmates (including Sammo Hung) during his childhood.
Chan worked as a stuntman while still a teen, progressing to leading man roles in the early 1970s and breaking through as an international star in 1978 with “Drunken Master.” While continuing to star in Hong Kong-made productions, Chan began appearing in films in the U.S. and followed his first big North American success, “Rumble in the Bronx” (1995), with the popular “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai” films, and the 2010 remake of “The Karate Kid.”
In “Police Story III – Supercop,” Chan again takes up the mantle of a tough-minded Hong Kong police detective, who this time partners with a female officer (Michelle Yeoh) to take down a drug syndicate in Mainland China. With the support of his now-legendary stunt team, Chan pulls off some of his most awesome stunts ever, including a daredevil leap from the roof of a tall building to a rope ladder being trailed by a hovering helicopter. The Academy Film Archive’s print is the original Hong Kong version, subtitled in English, which was first shown in the U.S. in 1992.
KICK ASS!: Kung Fu Posters from the Stephen Chin Collection
An action-packed selection of kung fu posters and related materials running through June 20, 2013. More
Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
All seating is unreserved.
$5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.
On sale starting May 29 online, by mail and in person at the box office.
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