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Jackie Chan's Movies, Serving for his Country and the Aspects of Transition – Discussion of the Change of Jackie Chan's Movie World

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2016, (41), pp.273-300
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2016..41.012
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Published : June 30, 2016

Yu, Kyung-chul 1

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ABSTRACT

Jackie Chan's recent movies, 『1911 Revolution』, 『12 Chinese Zodiac Heads』 and 『Dragon Blade』 are themed with Xinhai Revolution, the matters of national treasures returning to China, West Han era and military conflicts and resolutions between China and Rome during Silk Road period respectively. However, unlike his previous movies, these movies seem to have his firm goal of service for China and Chinese government. Because of that, these moves have some changed aspects that didn't exist in his previous movies. The changes can be summed up into the following three categories. First, universal values have disappeared, but new values appeared, which prioritize China's interest and represent the claims of China. Second, other than providing recreation and fun, the movies play a role in educating and enlightening audience along with PR of Chinese government's policy. Third, there is contradiction between themes of the movies and the method to express them. The themes of the movies are good, but the method to express them is not good, so the movies could receive criticism of being hypocritical and oppressive. The biggest reason for these changes might be Jackie Chan considers the Chinese movie market as his main target. He sought changes of his movies for commercial success in the Chinese movie market. Nevertheless, due to these changes, became degraded to "Chinese' movies for only Chinese movie goers from the movies for ordinary people throughout the world.

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