Jul 29, 2016

    Jackie Chan dodges flak to top China chart

    FROM jumping off a 70m-high skyscraper in the Netherlands for Who Am I to seriously injuring his head in the former Yugoslavia for Armour Of God, Jackie Chan is never short of death-defying stories.

    But he now faces a new danger: becoming a cliche.

    The 62-year-old's latest film Skiptrace, which debuted in China yesterday, has received a disappointing score of 5.8 points out of 10 on, China's largest movie review site.

    Most of the comments on the site refer to the film as a hodgepodge of cliches and stereotyped crime plot, stunts that look similar to those from Chan's previous movies, funny lines that do not work and soft eroticism.

    But, even with the mixed reviews, the film has raked in 400 million yuan (S$81 million) in its first weekend, to top the box-office charts.

    China media outlets say the distributors have signed a special revenue-sharing contract with the film-makers as they believe the movie will earn at least a billion yuan.

    Industry sources attribute the commercial success of the film to the fact that few quality movies have been released in this period.