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!

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.
Loved this video. Phenomenal work, Honestly most mainstream movie fights today have been ruined to me thanks to fight scenes like this and The Raid franchise. They always look so slow and unskilled in comparison
A young Jackie Chan would have made the best Goku in a live action DBZ
John Wick: "I can use a pencil in a fight." Jackie Chan: "Hold my industrial alcohol."
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.
Hey man, just wanted to let you know how much enjoyment and education your videos have brought me.   We have a new battle coming out on Monday that you played such an inspirational role in, I snuck a shout out to your channel into the lyrics.  Keep up the amazing work, and thank you.  -nice peter  
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!!
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.
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.
Piyush Kumar
"The film lives forever". Amazing commitment Jackie has!
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.
One of the other things that I think helps humanize and let the audience know how truly difficult and long it takes to film these scenes is how in nearly every Jackie Chan film, there's always included bloopers and outtakes in the credits. The scenes where Jackie or a stuntman get severely hurt. Or how long it took to film a scene. Or just plain funny moments that happened during filming. It shows the audience that the people making this movie are human just like them and not just a name on a credit page.
Chris C
7:48 C'mon Ip Man, you could've deflected/dodged that with your Wing Chun!
And this is why he win a Oscar for best career, legendary man, he deserved an Academy Awards, or the Academy Awards deserved him
Des Tan
And that's why I wish the Chinese could help do those superhero films like daredevil and Captain America. The Americans just have no idea as to how to film a good fight.
Red Warden 19
This is how Hollywood should do their fights, no excessive cuts, crappy choreography, shaky cameras, or funny camera angles.
This video, after almost 4 years, is still one of my favorite videos on YouTube.
Steven Galiniak
3:38 This reminds me of a similar point made in a completely different genre called "Bumping the Lamp" in animated cartoons. This term was made famous by the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" when a scene occurred in the movie where a cartoon literally "bumps the lamp" in the scene and the light moved about the room causing various shadows to cast off the cartoon that was interacting with the world around him. To get the shadows right for this shot it took *incredible* amounts of effort from the various animators to detail the different shadows that went into the constantly changing lighting angles and how it interacted with the cartoon. It was a scene that went for the most part unnoticed by viewers, but added great immersion into the idea that these cartoons actually existed alongside real people in this half real, half cartoon world they existed in. The point of this term, by encouraging people to "bump the lamp" in any genre, is that whether or not an audience member actually notices the amount of care that goes into scenes like Roger bumping the lamp or the many takes that Jackie put into kicking that shoe just right, it is always going to be noticed by *somebody* and will help to solidify the movie as being remembered for years to come as a timeless classic. Regardless of how many takes it will cost, or how much time it will take, always bump the lamp.
There will never be another Jackie Chan. :(
Mr. Creazil
That death scene at the end is nuts.
Думан Куанышев
Jodi Gilar
01:58 CLARITY! Ah, that's why I can't enjoy Bourne kind of fighting, I don't even know what's going on and who punches who..
One of the most renowned fight scenes in martial arts film history is Jackie Chan vs Benny "The Jet" Urquidez in Wheels on Meals (1984). In an interview, Benny revealed that they actually slept on the set for about a week or so in order to choreograph and shoot the sequence almost non-stop. The final fight scene of Drunken Master 2 (1994) aka The Legend of Drunken Master took four months to shoot as well. Jackie also allegedly holds the record for most takes in a single film due to the Jianzi game sequence in Dragon Lord (1982), which many say accumulated well over a thousand takes.
DigitalFilm JamesT
When it comes to American shoots, its not just the time/money, its also the safety factor. American Production Insurance providers do not like to back heavy extreme risk style stunts that Hong Kong style productions do. How many injuries has Jackie endured again over the course of his career?
Barbell Brigade
po Zn
That Death Scean at the End tho!. 😂🤣😂🤣
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.
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 :)
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!
Leongon draws stuff
Jackie mastered the editing and acting of fights, showing hits twice instead of the american not showing hits at all. But his audio work and script... oh boy sound effects and dialogues are so bad. Imagine a perfect world with Chan's fight direction and editing, and american sound work, production and drama acting.
Brian Kim
LOL he killed jesus with a ball strike
Chenzi Muyu
Marc Yu
And this is the major reason why Chan just won a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.
Dante Van Deva
Though I understand what your point is, I can also see why American films do it they way they do it. Most actors are not skilled fighters, and studios would probably prefer not to let their actors actually get hurt during a fight scene, the reason we don't see the "hit" in american films is because there is no "hit" in american films - and when there is it is a stunt double, which is why you need to cut. In terms of work ethics and dedication, the only actor from the american scene I can think of off the top of my head that would be similar is Reeves, that guy actually knows how to use a gun (there are some videos of him in the gun range, it is pretty dope).
Banana Child
There will NEVER be another man like Jackie Chan. He is truly an international treasure.
George Barbosa
here the problem , the majority of american actors dont want to get hurt, they dont want a broken leg or blood on their precious noses. Jackie chan is a awesome actor with skins but also, a bit crazy, this is what make him do what he do.
4:46 "Not quite my tempo"
Lester Sanchez
The steady camera thing just blew my mind. I will never look at action movies the same again.
American movies fight scene still sucks after all these year........
Alex Frost
That's why Jackie Chan is best in the world
R Hector
Greatest death scene lmfao
Normal Game
no one can win jackie chan in ikea
Roberto Delgado
He is a real legend ! Like, the legends of the legends. He is the standard of legends... What an amazing human being. He is like a Lionel Messi of Action films.
Stephen H
Martial Arts films from the 80's and 90's used to be like this. Full fight scenes on wide angle shots with crisp clean techniques. Now they are just not as impressive to watch. People will scream 'realism' but if I want realism i'll watch the UFC, if I want entertainment, i'll watch Jackie Chan or Samo Hung or Cynthia Rothrock or Bruce Lee or Jean Claude Van Damme.
The Wild WarCry
Goooo JACKY!!!! Probably why i dont like modern day movies like STORE WARS OR THE SCAVENGERS LOL. Or DEEPPOOL LOL he is rite modern movies outta hollywood are horrible lol thata why hollywood mastered cgi so they can look good lol DAN DAN GACKA GACKA GOOO JACKY CHAN!!! Yaaa JACKY CHAN!
Isaiah Williams
A collaboration I want to see before I die: Jackie Chan + Edgar Wright
Bruce Doyle
"Patience" is whats missing nowdays, not only in films, also in the Gaming industry and other stuff, its like they say,"dont make it perfect, make it Fast". They dont have the Patience to make certain things how they suppose to be or look.
ceridan gauv
2:48 Final someone who understands! Shaky cameras drive me nuts.
Rick Irons
Can we please get another Jackie Chan style actor?
What is the point of having Netflix if none of the movies I ever watch video essays about are available to actually watch?!
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...
Z Khairil
"Oh, Jackie's good". It's not good. You can do it. Except, do you have the patience or not? Words from a living legend.
Lol with the greatest death scene in flim history
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.
Most of chans movies were amazing for action, just energetic as hell it took western directors to tank his reputation. So many people just want cgi and quick cuts to seem good, but they hurt the scene more than the product placements.
Good lord that's a brilliant analysis, I've always loved Chan's movies for these reasons, but never seen it so well articulated
The 24 Soldier
Jackie..... is...... the....... MAN!!!
Uday K
Great scenes reviewed with beautiful perception
Florijan Orllati
Jackie is a legend. His movies, and memory will live on👍🏼!
Jayon See
one thing i hate in modern action movie, that shaky cam....
David Santiago
Even after all these years, this is still a pretty great video
Jason Voorhees
As always he'll make me laugh for 1 hour straight
Chan's style is amazing and satisfying.
Danielle Hall
I'm laughing and crying. Jackie's international audience deserves his best efforts too.
Alex Zagami
... 6:58 , wait what song is that? it's not listed above??? ...
RealsauceGod 1
Jackie Chan it's the real life rock Lee from Naruto
Tong Liu
Super video! Thanks
Jeff Ho
Jackie Chen movie is incredible it is very unique and has it own style. But still don’t have to give 100% of credit to it. There is still many awesome action film made not following Jackie Chen’s movie pattern.
Francisco Fregona
The camera thing on american action movies is cancerous... sometimes i have to rewatch the whole movie and even then i dont understand whats going on in some parts. Seems like they dont want us to realize whats going on.
Raging Sakura
The fan thing ahhh
Tluanga Agnault
I love the ending LMAO
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.
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.
Adriano Galink
Respect😄 From Indonesia......
Johnny Marvéll
The epitome of the issue with too much editing during fight scenes, is one of the Bourne films - that scene where Bourne is fighting in an apartment, and especially in the shower of the apartment. The editing was so blurry it just made me stop the film at that point just so I can wash the disgust from my mind. Things like that made me hate the all modern action films. It's actually an insult to real action films to call them that way. They're more like editing films, not action films.
Kanwar Jakhar
I’ve seen this video so many times. But I still come back because it’s so good.
Pika Zilla
Jackie NEVER used a stunt man. he redid dangerous stunts multiple times if he didn't find it to his liking
Raging Trollers
Have been rewatching this again and again! 👊🏻😂
Deigoh Umejuarez
Some of the links in your information have been deleted. I suppose it’s because Jackie Chan explains his film principles which expose Hollywood’s incapacity to execute which Jackie Chan excellently does.
Gregorius Bernardus
Great video! This makes us appreciate Jackie Chan's movie even more. He is more than a genius!
Harshith Traders
Honestly.. what you said is right.But theres a difference how the Hongkong and Hollywood as evolved. In Hongkong: or Cantonese Movies based on Martial Arts ... the focus is on Martial Arts and the Movie revolves around a character portriat by it. Lets take any movie: Taichi Zero for example. The whole movie revolves around a guy who wish to learn Chen style Kungfu... Then the whole movie is mostly about Kungfu and its evolution .. its style .. In Hollywood: Movies revolves basically around Characters.. Take any movie say KillBill... Its about a widow who is left to die and bounces back.. Fancy Kungfu and body count doesnt set the tone of movie... Lets Talk of Big Budget and Series Movies .. Say FAST AND FURIOUS series.. The whole movie is about Dom and the movie series wise gradually focusses on Dom and its action from fugitive to Spy.. Offcourse same is with any other series.. Cant really say That Hollywood is not par with Chinese movies.. Or their Editing Skills .. Cameraman..or Director arent as good as Hongkong counterparts.. but we cannot compare the two because they are wildly different. AVATAR is in itself a whole new Experience .. and So is Steven Speilbergs: JURASSIC SERIES.. I luv them both. Both are as good as they get 👌👍
What an enlightening 10 minutes. Thank you.
Krystal Myth
Brb, off to marathon all of Jackie's movies. Be back when I'm dead. Lol
Greatest dead scene
Leo.H Lee
Lei vs Lee tekken
Jaime Garcia
I lost count about 20 viewings ago of how many times I've seen this video.
caca yang
real news: Marvel actors don't know how to fight.
Kakes Revenge
You are awesome, thank you!
Patrick schütz
he is the best whos next?
Uchiha Sage
Can someone please tell me the movie at 0:25
holy shit I forgot how much I love Jackie Chan
I pressed CC but I don't see the names of the film
M-Dev Media
Anyone know the REASON why Holywood movie, never bring Jackie`s movie for remake...?
Guts Puck
he is amazing, like a real life cartoon, like...kabamaru only in real life
Rostislavs Lihacs
Jackie is the LEGEND!!!))