Travel Story Around the world with Jackie Chan

Pushy: Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid.
Photo of Stephen Scourfield

The veteran martial arts actor has brought exposure to many places.

Actor Jackie Chan recently celebrated the release of his 200th film, more than 50 years of acting and, finally, an Oscar in recognition of his decades of work.

“After 56 years in the film industry, making more than 200 films, after so many broken bones, finally,” the 62-year-old actor and martial artist quipped at the gala Oscars dinner. He praised his home town Hong Kong for making him “proud to be Chinese”.

Jackie Chan’s career has taken the good-humoured actor all over the world — and the success of his films has brought exposure to many destinations.

BLEEDING STEEL

Jackie scales the Sydney Opera House for the sci-fi thriller Bleeding Steel, which was filmed in the middle of last year. 

Due to be released later this year, it is the biggest-budget Chinese production to shoot in Australia and a coup for the New South Wales Government and its film fund Made in NSW, set up to target opportunities for international films and TV to be made in the State. 

Jackie stars as a hardened special forces agent who fights to protect a young woman from a sinister criminal gang. At the same time he feels a special connection to the young woman, like they met in a different life.

THE FOREIGNER

Early in 2016, Jackie was on location in South London, taking to the streets of Balham for some live action for The Foreigner, which will also be released this year. 

The film is a British-Chinese action thriller based on the 1992 novel The Chinaman written by Stephen Leather. In it, a Chinese restaurant owner in London is devastated by an attack by Irish terrorists.

KUNG FU YOGA

In 2015, Jackie was filming Kung Fu Yoga in Dubai. It was the first film made in a co-production agreement between India and China, and then working in conjunction with the Dubai Film and TV Commission. 

Director Stanley Tong said the filming locations in Dubai perfectly fitted the scenes being shot. “Dubai’s iconic skyscrapers and attractions are recognised around the world.”

THE KARATE KID

The 2010 revamp of the classic The Karate Kid was mostly filmed around Beijing — even the “Detroit” apartment which features in the film was, in fact, Staff Residence Building 3 at Beijing Forest University. 

Lead character Dre’s school was Beijing Luxun Middle School, 45 Xin Wen Hua Jie, in the Xicheng District, the children were taken on a school trip to the Forbidden City, and the Tiananmen Gate on Tiananmen Square is featured. 

The Wudang Mountains in the north west of Hubei Province, near the city of Shiyan, were featured, appropriately, as there are Taoist monasteries, centres teaching meditation, medicine and martial arts, and tradition says this is the birthplace of the Wudang style of martial arts.

FURTHER BACK...

The 1997 film Mr Nice Guy had scenes set in Melbourne, the Hunter Valley and Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

There was filming in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Gold Coast and Mooloolaba in 1996 for First Strike.

The 1991 film Operation Condor was shot in the Philippines.

Scenes for Police Story were filmed in Kowloon, Hong Kong. 

Top picture: Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid. 

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