Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy

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Some filmmakers can do action. Others can do comedy. But for 40 years, the master of combining them has been Jackie Chan. Let’s see how he does it. (Note: to see the names of the films, press the CC button!) For educational purposes only. You can donate to support the channel at Patreon: /> And follow me here: Twitter: />Facebook: /> The 9 Principles of Action Comedy 1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE 2. Use the ENVIRONMENT 3. Be CLEAR in your shots 4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame 5. Do as many TAKES as necessary 6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM 7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit 8. PAIN is humanizing 9. Earn your FINISH Five Jackie Chan Fights (An Introduction) Wheels on Meals - Benny vs Jackie ( />Police Story - Mall Finale ( />Police Story 2 - The Playground ( />Miracles - The Rope Factory ( />Drunken Master 2 - Finale ( /> Music: Jackie Chan - Police Story Theme Ash - Kung Fu Chow Fu-liang - 8 Drunken Gods (Main Theme) Jackie Chan - Who Am I? Theme David Tao - Fantasy Mission Force Interview Clips: Jackie Chan interview on filmmaking: />Bey Logan talks about Project A: />An Evening with Jackie Chan: />Jackie Chan - My Stunts: /> Help us caption & translate this video!

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Ahmed Elsheikh
I think most of directors dont recognize martial arts as an ART. Only if a director can taste and appreciate the martial arts as an art then it will be delievered to the screen in more sensible way.
Hans-Peter Rumo
Greetings from Switzerland
Abraham Im
"It's not good, you can do it, but do you have the patience or not?" Jackie Chan is seriously my favorite. That quote can apply to so many things in life.
This is the reason why Hollywood action movies have become so stale and boring these days, the fighting scenes just don't look impressive enough, thats why i prefer movies from Asia these days, they still know how to make action movies.
Sandy Das
Tell us something about what you think regarding Bruce Lee's action directioning. Enter the dragon? Fists of fury, etc.
A young Jackie Chan would have made the best Goku in a live action DBZ
Abhishek Pal
He does his own stunts! Great! He does stunts with minimum safety!! Wow! Incredible!! He did many stunts that almost killed him!! OMG!!! He did more than 100 films where for each he has done more than 100 dangerous stunts which other acting generally requires a stuntman for each,and which of course had more than 100 takes done for perfection!! He is GOD of STUNTS!! He is no Human!!!
Grev McGrevington
Over 1200+ Hollywood """""action choreographers""""" disliked this video because they can't direct for shit.
Barbell Brigade
Mat Hantu
Just watch iron fist! The camera work was atrocious. I dont know why but i had to rewatch this and iko uwais explaining how to do stunt.
Sean Kaseorg
The best thing about Jackies god like movies is that you wanna see it again after a bit of time, this is why i love his movies they never get old and they are made so fun so you can always enjoy it again and again.
manchunian always
Now, Hong Kong Film Industries use too much CGI and cute baby face actor with no skill of doing stunt -_-
I wish you had mentioned the Bourne movies, they're a great example of how horrible fast cut and shaky cam are. It is supposed to add more thrill and make it seem more realistic but It looks cheap and feel like cheating to me. I think it's because Hollywood hire actors and not martial artists, a good example is Keanu Reeves, his action scenes are great because he commits to it, not as much as Jackie obviously but he takes a lot of his time to learn martial arts moves. There is a good behind the scenes video of John Wick showing how much he trained.
Uchiha Sage
Can someone please tell me the movie at 0:25
Lizard-Motion Films
Every single frame a painting made exactly how I wanna make it. Do another take and get it right, 127 times!
holy shit I forgot how much I love Jackie Chan
Shiranui Aensland
Funny thing about the point on studios not allowing filmmakers more time because of money, Kevin Smith told a story about his experience on Die Hard 4. Bruce Willis, who tended to show up late everyday, kept on interrupting the shooting because he constantly questioned the script. Kevin stepped up to rewrite a small section of it and was submitted to the studio for approval. During which Bruce held a barbecue party for the rest of the day. When the studio finally called at night to disapprove of the changes, he simply asked them who their 2nd choice was to play John McClane. Afterwards, the crew was sent home so that he could go to the Rocky 6 premiere. Hence, nothing was accomplished on a shooting day that cost $375,000. Goes to show how much an international superstar like Jackie is undervalued in Hollywood.
Jaime Garcia
I lost count about 20 viewings ago of how many times I've seen this video.
Wood Hightower
wish the iron fist people had watched this before botching a kung fu show's action scenes
This perfectly explains why Iron Fist has terrible fight scenes
The Filmatic Condition
This was pretty great knowledge. And i didint know jackie directed his own films either. I just thought he was the most amazing actor/stuntman but now he is one of my favourite directors as well
Ma ChienLi
U know the most important thing is that Jacket is a good, well-trained fighter, he know how to protect himself and he is willing to take risks. Modern actors have great bodies,but they dont know how to fight and not willing risk their bodies. Therefore the everyone in the group try their best to cover the fake fight scene.
Fodimin Layton
Jackie Chan is probably my all time favourite actor.
M-Dev Media
Anyone know the REASON why Holywood movie, never bring Jackie`s movie for remake...?
After seeing some of his movies from Hong Kong I earned a new respect for Jackie. He's easily the best action actor alive. His fighting scenes in the Police Story trilogy outmatch anything produced by Hollywood!
Jas Bataille
Those are also the reason why Quentin Tarantino is a legend among American cinematographers. He learned it all from the Hong-Kong style : the rhythm, the angles, the realism. He shows things as they fucking are! He doesn't cut it smooth. He pushes violence down to the furthest corners possible, he gives us 100% violence versus 99% and ironically, by doing so... ... he make us realize just how insanely violent our society is...! I agree that most directors are not good for action scenes. However, you don't need to have great fighters on set to create great actions scenes IMHO. Many times, Jackie's greatest scenes are not the ones where he display the most martial virtuosity; rather, those are the scenes where he displays the most *creativity*, pacing, and acting. The problem with most Hollywood directors is that they *trust too much their ability to fake it*. They want every single hit to be black or white; they use all the artifices in post to try to make up for a badly choreographed scene... and that just doesn't work. You can go away with a lot of things : a set seen with naked eyes look totally fake, but not when filmed, it looks great. But you can't go away with a badly timed action scene. You don't need to be a great stunt or martial artist; Many a trick works. Make up a table with isolation foam instead of wood and anyone can go through it - in fact you can make a LOT of thing with isolation foam, fake rocks are made this way, fake bricks, even fake weapon who need to break during the scene and it is dirt cheap! Rehearse the scene without all the equipment and without the clock ticking louder every second until it's perfect. Use slow-motion to make *a slow shot slower* : for instance, the actor about to receive a big blow open his eyes ultra-wide and you get a close up, before switching to a wide angle shot which shows everything in the frame at once. Well, the mistake many people will make is to put the slow-motion on the hit, and standard motion on the eyes. No!! That way you just make the hit slow... when the goal is to make the audience *feels the emotions of the dude getting about to be destroyed*, not to show a move in slow-motion! ;) Great advices by Jackie. A legend!!
Luis Loo
This is why John Wick is so acclaimed. Steady cam and visible action give better view of the fight.
Gage Taylor
Jackie's style of making movies and acting in movies makes just about every modern action movie today look like utter shit. Jackie is easily the GOAT when it comes making action movies look good and genuine. Not to mention nobody like him does their own stunts and risks their lives to entertain people.
krishna mangla
Jackie Chan is like Bruce Lee for this generation ..!!
Muhammad Ahsan Taqveem
Amazing analysis! I didn't even know about these things but they were always there. That's the main reason the Jackie chan's actions scenes NEVER get old.
coburn karma
American Action movies lacking the realistic fighting styles go hand in hand of not hiring the right talent. Which many are over seas in Asia. The prejudices and foolish self pride of American film making will inevitably lose more and more audiences to their style of movie making. Jackie Chan's style is a proven working machine and until Hollywood puts out more box office bombs, they won't be asking for his input.
Jayon See
one thing i hate in modern action movie, that shaky cam....
I'm not going to debate an opinion video because there's no way to convince a person or persons there opinion is wrong. The human mind simply doesn't work that way. I love Jackie Chan's choreography and cinematography as much as the next guy. The ladder scene always stood out in my mind. But I will also say this; many writers editors directors choreographers etc work very hard and with great dedication to create the movies this video and some commenters seem to so easily spit on. Also keep in mind that if every action movie did things the exact same way Chan does, then part of what makes his work so special and respected is lost. So, please do not look down on American cinema and Hollywood with such contempt. The art of film making is like an ever changing organism. It's adapts and evolves. The way it is now is not how it's going to stay...I can promise you that.
Dylan de Roo
Thanks for everything! Thanks to you I had learned to at movies with a completely different view. Good luck on your future endeavours!
Mayank Gupta
Now finally I realised why I always loved this kind of stunt comedy and why I never manage to see the replication of it anywhere
Robbie Backpacking
Greatest. Death Scene. Ever.
Billy Villacis
the scene at 7:29 gave Jackie severe burns on his butt and lower back, multiple broken ribs, and I believe a concussion. after recovering he decided he didn't like the way that take looked and did it again. Quality takes second fiddle to nothing.
Jackie Chan for President of the World. Brilliant person!!!
The poor camera motions and editing of so many movies is one the biggest reasons I tend to go easy on CGI scenes. They show something happening in a single shot.
peter yuan
I can't wait to see Jackie's new movie, "The Foreigner" coming to theaters October 13th, 2017. If you haven't watched the trailer you should! it's basically Jackie Chan turning into Jason Bourne!
nayab rahil
I just love Jackie...! My Favorite :)
Mr. Creazil
That death scene at the end is nuts.
Piyush Kumar
"The film lives forever". Amazing commitment Jackie has!
mamacita senorita
Wow I never noticed that, the American action films' climax is always a gun that saves the day= nice way of subliminally promoting gun rights xD I've always appreciated HK cinema, going to start watching some more. By the way for anyone who is sick of American cinema, remember it is healthy and refreshing to watch non-Western films every now and then. You appreciate them alot it's spectacular. It's different, the camera and editing vastly different. Not to mention the effort put into them (I'm looking at you all Asian stunt crews.)
This makes me think of the "Church Scene" from the first Kingsman movie. Though they do use hidden cuts that are hard to notice, they make it look like they have very long takes that follow the action. There's even one long shot where the camera follows the Kingsman's fist as it punches a guy in the face, pulls back, punches him again, and then again before the guy gets tacked through a window.
Discount Ostrich
I grew up watching a lot of his movies and I'm kinda sad that he won't be making movies like that anymore. He's old, it's understandable, but there is no real substitute either.
Marc Yu
And this is the major reason why Chan just won a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.
Guts Puck
he is amazing, like a real life cartoon, like...kabamaru only in real life
This video, after almost 4 years, is still one of my favorite videos on YouTube.
Well, you lost me when you made Lego a countable noun.
He is the king of action/comedy.
Drew Z
Anyone else gain a newfound love for Jackie because of this video? I always loved him, grew up on him just like my dad grew up on bruce lee. But this video helped me recognize how amazing he is. I hope he gets the love he deserves before he goes :)
Abhinav Kumar
All time evergreen actor ,jacky
يو سان
الي جاي من قاة محمود إسماعيل لاااااايك
After watching Iron Fist, this video really brings to light why Iron Fist is such a bad martial arts show.
Cash Bridgez
This is, bar none, the best breakdown of Jackie Chan’s film, martial art and acting skills. He is definitely the better actor of ALL martial artists.. Even, the legend, Bruce Lee looked like freakin terminator in his films.. Jackie’s ability to broadcast pain is what makes him relatable because when he gets hurt you root for him to get back up and he never disappoints cuz he relentlessly finds a way.
Austin Baker
Jackie Chan is a legend. No question.
Chris C
7:48 C'mon Ip Man, you could've deflected/dodged that with your Wing Chun!
McFuckin AnotherAccount
Hey man Rush Hour action scenes are great tho gotta be honest..
Navin Rajkumar
Chinese r more better then Hollywood
Lester Sanchez
The steady camera thing just blew my mind. I will never look at action movies the same again.
Esco CocoaBeam
I watched a lot of his movies since I was a kid
Rick Irons
Can we please get another Jackie Chan style actor?
Jackie the greatest of all time
Vickie Roberts Roberts
My comedic and fighting heart belongs to Jackie. Drunken Master
Michael Harto
everytime i watch this video, i feel really really sad knowing there will never be action comedy movie like jackie chan golden era...
Guilherme Adami
Esses caras são feras na porradaria😄kkkkk
Dannesh Bastani
great video, i love Jackie chan but this makes me appreciate him even more.
Kakes Revenge
You are awesome, thank you!
Patrick schütz
he is the best whos next?
Otec Canon
That ending at the end took some balls, let me tell you.
Thanks for all the content guys. Sorry you had to hang it up
~Good movie, bad movie, that is all~. Perfect line. Love you, Jackie.
Something I LOVE LOVE LOVE about his movies is that he doesn't cut off and change angles or make the camera shake in order to sell a fight. He will practice it till it's perfect and have it all in the same frame. You have movies like the Bourne movies who are great but the style of camera they use by shaking it and having like 40 different shots from all angles in like a 10 second fight scenes is horrible. Jackie is right that it's something Americans do different and it sucks. Jackie is the master and I am grateful he does this. His choreography is mind-blowing. true master of the art.
Kasper V.
There is no other actor like Jackie Chan. The guy who literally would risk his own life for your entertainment . That is just amazing and stupid and that's why he is one of the greatest actors of all time!
David Reeves
Love this and just how it reminds me of the style of John Wick. Instantly recognisable parallels with regards to work ethic. Rehearse rehearse rehearse and when ready to film, Keanu/Jackie and the stunt team will be able to perform without a hitch. Then all the director has to do is frame it and make it look pretty instead of having to cut around mistakes. Thats why these films are great.
Sweet Dollar Kang
4:55 lolololololololololol
Kyle Rush
Something to Consider for Iron Fist season 2
Sams ChanneI
I've always loved Jackie's style of action comedy, even as a kid. Great work!
Asshole Troll
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie I like but the camerad were all over the place, especially the first fight scene on the yacht
Jack Hextall
I didn't plan on binging old kung fu movies for tonight but, well, here we are
I wish Bruce Lee could have lived to see his doting fan and stuntman in his true stylish glory. I am convinced that as an aspiring film maker, if they met again years later Bruce would have been the one fangirling and they would have ended up making some incredible work together.
Antoni Mena
I love that cop story fight.. Left me fuckin amazed
Straw Hat
That is why Jackie is the GOAT!!! I love him so much! Can't wait to see the foreigner :D
coburn karma
Who will take on the next generation of realistic action movies after Jackie retires?
The best fighting senses ever are ones with Tony Jaa. In Jackies movies I dont wince at any moment of the fight. With Tony Jaa, its like I can feel the pain as I wince at some of the "injuries" caused by Tonys character. It seems more real.
Anthony Sgambati
I've always noticed this and it's been such a huge pet-peeve. I love fighting, but hate fighting in movies because they all do it sooo bad, except Jackie!
Ive Been Realized that american action movies were garbage because they keep cutting the action by changing the camera angle
What an enlightening 10 minutes. Thank you.
Neo Luthuli
I love Jackie Chan movies his films have clean action scenes not the type of action we see nowaday shaky shit cam plaguing Holly Wood movies
This is such a great video - come back to your channel every once in a while and get impressed all over again
It seems like manga uses the asian way of making action scenes where comics do the American way. Also comics tend to be narration dialogue messes with way too much on every page of non-interesting things making them boring and missing the point of pictures.
Gus Alcon
Jackie always one step ahead of the rest.
Rostislavs Lihacs
Jackie is the LEGEND!!!))