Despite the enormous popularity of the first two Rush Hour movies, China has decided to ban the third film from the country. The film allegedly has created controversy over a scene that links an organized crime family with the Triad gang, angering Chinese authorities. However, the decision to ban the movie is officially said to be because the China Film Group believes it will be unpopular in China. Since only 20 foreign films are released each year in China, the country is picky about which films it allows to be shown in the country. Even those that are chosen are severely edited before they are shown to Chinese audiences. This decision is reminiscent of the ban of “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End” earlier in the summer because of Chinese authorities’ dissatisfaction with creating a Chinese pirate as the villain.

The decision to Ban “rush Hour 3” is also confusing considering Jackie Chan’s enormous popularity in both China and the U.S. Chan first began his career as a stunt man for Chinese films. Born Chan Kong-sang in Hong Kong, Chan’s father enrolled him in the China Drama Academy to keep him out of trouble in school. There he spent 10 years training for his career under the name Yuen Lo. His Master Yu Jim-yuen’s style of teaching disciplined Chan into a focused actor and martial arts master.

He began working small jobs, living from paycheck to paycheck while his family was under the impression that he was under contract with a movie studio. He worked as an extra for awhile and began hanging around stuntmen. He then began doing stunt work on films, often without wires or nets to help reduce the cost of the film. These gigs earned him some money which he started to spend on heavily drinking and gambling. He earned his first starring role in “Little Tiger of Canton,” which was a flop. He returned to doing stunt work on “Fist of Fury” and “Enter the Dragon.”

Chan then moved to Australia where his family was living and took odd jobs to earn a living. Here, he obtained the nickname “Jackie” which stuck in his professional career. He also kept in contact with Chinese filmmakers and began starring in films that combined kung-fu and comedy such as “Snake in Eagle’s Shadow” and “Drunken Master” which were huge hits at the box office. His first U.S. movie, “Battle Creek Brawl,” was a flop, and he took bit parts in the “Cannonball Run” movies. He also starred in the U.S. film, “The Protector” which also flopped. He then took the idea behind “The Protector” and made a more superior film out of it called “Police Story.” He sustained his popularity in the 80’s and 90’s with films like “Supercop,” “First Strike,” and “Crime Story.” His popularity grew from there to include the “Rush Hour” movies and “Shanghai Noon” and “Shanghai Nights,” securing him as a big Hollywood star.

 

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