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"I am standing in the sky on the roof of a glass and steel
office tower in Rotterdam, Holland. There are twenty-one floors of air
between me and the concrete pavement below. I am about to do what I do
best. I am about to jump."
If you're a fan of
action-adventure movies--with the accent on action--then you no doubt
love watching Jackie Chan risk his life to create sensational cinema. As
one of the biggest stars to burst into U.S. theaters, Jackie has put
America's hottest heroes to shame, wowing audiences with the breathless,
death-defying stunts that are the highlight of such movies as Rumble in
the Bronx, Supercop, Operation: Condor, and his newest blockbuster Rush
Hour. But who really is this boyishly handsome, lightning-fast Charlie
Chaplin of martial arts movie-making? And what possessed him to make a
career out of putting his life on the line to keep us on the edge of our
"I remember a frightened seven-year-old walking into
the dim and musty halls of the China Drama Academy, clutching his
father's hand. Inside, he sees paradise--young boys and girls leaping
and tumbling and flashing the steel of ancient weapons. 'How long do you
want to stay here, Jackie?' 'Forever!' answered the boy, his eyes
bright and wide. And he let go of his father's hand to clutch at the
Master's hem. . . ."
In I Am Jackie Chan, Chan tells the
fascinating, harrowing, ultimately triumphant story of his life: How the
rebellious son of refugees in tumultuous 1950s Hong Kong became the
disciplined disciple of a Chinese Opera Master. How the
"paradise" that young Jackie so eagerly embraced proved to be,
in reality, a ruthlessly competitive place whose fierce master wielded
the legal authority to train his students even to death. How the dying
art of Chinese opera led Jackie to the movie business--and how he made
the leap from stuntman to superstar. How he broke into the Hollywood big
time by breaking almost every bone in his body.
Finally, after
years of plunging off skyscrapers and living to tell the tale, Jackie
Chan proves--with this witty, poignant, and often astonishing
memoir--that it's always been a tale well worth telling.
has written this book with Jeff Yang, the founder of A Magazine and the
author of Eastern Standard: A Guide To Asian Influence in American

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