The BBC Reports that Jackie Chan is to be given an honorary Academy Award for his extraordinary achievements in film.
This Governors Awards step away from the endless marketing that surrounds the main Oscar ceremony and, instead, allow the board of governors to simply acknowledge the people whose contributions to the film industry deserve recognition. And Chan’s contributions have been exceptional.
No-one else comes close to his unique blend of action-comedy which blends genuinely death-defying stunts with raucously funny – all in the same scene. But rather than going full-on fanboy, I thought I’d ask the boys which is their favourite Jackie Chan film.
And the choices, in no particular order, are:
The Spy Next Door in which three kids discover that their mum’s boyfriend is a lot more exciting that any of them had imagined.
The Forbidden Kingdom in which an American teenager is thrown through time and space to find himself in Feudal China. Here, he meets both Jackie Chan and Jet Li, who help him return the staff of the Monkey King to its rightful owner while teaching him the discipline of Kung Fu along the way.
Shanghai Knights, the sequel to Shanghai Noon, in which Sheriff Chon Wang (played by Jackie Chan – and this film has a lot of fun with names) and his unreliable sidekick (Owen Wilson) travel from the Wild West to Victorian London to avenge a murder, uncover a dastardly plot and save the Queen.
Obviously, being aged between six and nine, none of the boys has seen anything near the full range of Chan’s output (yet) but the many DVDs we do have have all been watched many, many times.