Jackie Chan Kung Fu Films
In Jackie Chan’s last kung fu film, Young Master (1980), it’s the final 20-minute fight that rocked audiences. By covering himself in dust-powder, whenever the villain kicked, punched, body-slammed and twisted Chan’s joints the wrong way, the powder would fly. This proves to the audience that Chan was absorbing the blows. Chan didn’t use Martial Arts during the fight, instead he flailed his limbs and acted crazy.
With the barn fight in Dragon Lord (1982), Jackie Chan was proclaimed as one of the best and craziest stuntmen in the industry. Chan used bird’s eye shots of himself precariously hanging from dizzying heights without wires, pads or safety nets and did a back breaking stunt where he helplessly falls to the ground headfirst from a second story balcony. The film-ending outtakes depict mishaps so serious that they could never be shown on an American film. Chan got the outtake idea from working on Cannonball Run (1981).
Jackie Chan next developed modern characters who lived in crowded urban areas, dense with buildings and objects. This new milieu challenged Chan’s ling gan to the max. Fights were no longer one-on-one battles but a series of group confrontations, weaving through alleyways, malls, warehouses, catacombs, and other sites that inspired his imagination. During Project A II (1987), Jackie stands atop a large billboard. As the billboard falls backward, Chan runs down the billboard’s other side. In Project A (1983), he dangerously dangles holding onto the second hand of a fifty-foot tower clock. He loses his grip and plummets to the ground, his fall broken by two flimsy window awnings.