Jackie Chan and 9 Principles of Action-Comedy

By December 7, 2014Blog, Featured, Global Perspective

Here’s a fun exploration of the master of action-comedy, Jackie Chan’s filmmaking style.  It’s an interesting comparison between American and Chinese approaches to working with Jackie.  Watch Tony Zhou’s video essay here:

Jackie Chan – How to Do Action Comedy from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Here’s Tony Zhou’s 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:

youtube.com/watch?v=eI2dzMEzX2w

Police Story – Mall Finale

youtube.com/watch?v=Xk4dUq4zE_o

Police Story 2 – The Playground

youtube.com/watch?v=BTvRS9Khd5w

Miracles – The Rope Factory

youtube.com/watch?v=Bn1n5dI1uB4

Drunken Master 2 – Finale

youtube.com/watch?v=WEt4B1poOfM