Jackie Chan is a name not foreign to us. This veteran actor has appeared in over 150 films and has made mega contributions to the cinematic world. A marital artist, actor, singer, stuntman, producer and director – he can best be described as a powerhouse. He has shone in several movie genres, but audiences across the world love him most in his comic outings. He is one of those rare Asian actors who have made a mark in the competitive world of Hollywood.
Once ‘work from home’ is done for the day, enjoy some ‘watch from home’ time. Here we list five of his English films that showcase unadulterated entertainment.
1. Rush Hour
Two cops with contrasting personalities and from different cultures come together to solve a case. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are assigned a case to rescue a Chinese diplomat’s abducted daughter. But, these two officers are so mismatched that what follows is confusion, chaos and abundant laughter. Rush Hour was a commercial success and led to two sequels.
2. Rumble in the Bronx
Rumble in the Bronx is a 1995 film where Chan plays a Hong Kong cop who comes to NY to attend a wedding, but plans go awry. The plot, fight scenes and Chan’s impeccable comic timing surely make this one an enjoyable watch.
3. The Foreigner
Taking a major detour from his self-kidding roles, Jackie Chan is a grieving father in The Foreigner. This action thriller sees two veterans – Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan – at loggerheads. A gripping storyline and committed performances make this thriller compulsively watchable.
4. The Karate Kid
Needless to say, the original 1984 release was a stroke of genius. But the 2010 Jackie Chan starrer remake will surely bring back memories. This is an entertaining version that is mostly filmed in China. Jackie Chan shines in the role of the taskmaster, Mr Miyagi. And Jaden Smith as his pupil, blessed with natural screen presence, does a good job too.
5. Shanghai Noon
The first in the Shanghai film series, Shanghai Noon marks the directorial debut of Tom Dey. Starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu, this one has goofy performances that are sure to evoke laughter. The director plays smartly with the script to let Chan work his charm and Wilson indulge in his tomfoolery.