In the fourth of our guides to becoming an alpha geek, FHM guides you through the spin-kickin' world of old-school Jackie Chan flicks.
Who is he?
While Chan is now primarily known for mainstream, family-friendly Hollywood fare such as the Karate Kid remake and the Rush Hour series, back in the day he was the most skilled, daring, game-changing martial-artist to hit cinema screens since Bruce Lee.
During the seventies and eighties, he appeared in an incredible run of stunt-filled, adrenalin-pumping flicks that established him as one of the all-time action-movie greats.
Why would I want to get into his movies?
"Chan built his reputation by incorporating lots of realistic martial arts moves into his movies," says Robert Young of Black Belt magazine. "He did all his own fights and stunts – and he has the injuries to prove it."
"Jackie's early films had the most crazy action choreography you'll ever see," adds Empire's Chris Hewitt. "And it's all done for real: you can actually see people getting hurt. Those movies are incredibly inventive – Jackie could use a cup to kill guys."
Where should I start?
"Stick with Jackie's Chinese stuff," says Chris Hewitt. "The likes of Police Story, Project A, Armour Of God and Dragons Forever. He directed and choreographed many of them himself, and they're really funny with lots of charm to them. His American stuff is very watered down, in terms of the ingenuity of the action scenes."
"You can't go wrong with the Drunken Master and Police Story films," affirms Robert Young. "No matter which Jackie Chan movie you choose, be sure to catch the bloopers at the end."
What should I steer clear of?
"Jackie's done a lot of throwaway stuff," warns Chris Hewitt. "Most of his English-language movies are awful, but The Medallion and The Spy Next Door are particularly terrible."
"Many fans were disappointed when Jackie 'went Hollywood' and made movies like Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour," says Robert Young. "They're funny and entertaining, but they lack that hardcore martial arts component."