13 Mar – Action star Jackie Chan has recently angered Hong Kong netizens recently when he claimed that there is no distinction between the movies made by Hong Kong and mainland Chinese productions, and that Hong Kong movies need to expand its horizon.
As reported on Mingpao, the actor who serves on the National Committee of the Chinese People Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made his remarks on 5 March, while attending the culture and art committee meeting.
When asked about his views on Chinese-HK co-productions, he stated, "There is only one type of film called Chinese film. Hong Kong film is also Chinese film. Some of us make Hong Kong films only for Hong Kong, but Hong Kong can make movies like [Dante Lam's] "Operation Red Sea" for all of China."
"If you make a film about Wong Tai Sin, it may only be shown in Hong Kong. It may not have a good box office results in China, as people do not understand. But if you make something with a bigger perspective, like "Operation Red Sea" or "Wolf Warrior", then you can release it internationally," he added.
At the same time, Jackie said that his focus is to eliminate the Hong Kong cast and crew quota set by these co-productions.
Netizens who saw the interview blasted the actor for his views, saying that Jackie was able to become an international actor because of the many Hong Kong movies he did in the past. On the other hand, some supporters defended Jackie's claims, saying that Hong Kong movies are not doing as well as it were in the past.
(Photo source: Jackie Chan Facebook)