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On this episode of We Do Our Own Stunts we’re continuing our look at the early career of Jackie Chan with the Jimmy Wang Yu-starring THE KILLER METEORS, which features the first collaboration between Jackie and Wang Yu (though their fates would entwine a few years later) as well as Jackie playing a VILLAIN! It’s a bizarre, and sometimes incomprehensible, high-flying martial arts epic, but it’s still a lot of fun. Let’s check it out!

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On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we’re taking a step back from Lo Wei’s attempts to launch Jackie Chan into superstardom and instead looking at the film that caught his attention in the first place: John Woo’s THE HAND OF DEATH! Not only does the film bring Jackie Chan together with the legendary director of THE KILLER and HARD BOILED, but it also features fellow Seven Little Fortunes alumni Sammo Hung (who was also the stunt co-ordinator), Yuen Baio and Yuen Wah! Check it out!

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Following the failure of NEW FIST OF FURY to launch the career of Jackie Chan, producer Lo Wei took another swing with the Chen Chi-Hwa-directed SHAOLIN WOODEN MEN from 1976. Featuring a story of revenge and intrigue, as well as the titular hallway of chain-operated wooden men, the film – thankfully – strays away from trying to recreate Bruce Lee’s persona and we get something closer to the Jackie Chan roles that would launch him to stardom. Closer… but not quite there. Check it out!

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Jackie Chan finally gets his shot at being the new Bruce Lee in Lo Wei’s direct sequel to his original martial arts masterpiece FIST OF FURY. But is the oft-quoted story about Chan’s failure at becoming a Chinese superman true, or is reality a bit more complex? On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we examine how the plot and purpose of NEW FIST OF FURY has been a bit misrepresented, a fact compounded by a 1980 re-edit that puts Jackie Chan front and center. Let’s check it out!

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On this episode of Cinema Smorgasbord we return to WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS: THE WORK OF JACKIE CHAN, and this time we’re looking at a true oddity. Based on a legendary erotic novel from the early 1600s, this film features no martial arts, but still includes plenty of action. It’s THE GOLDEN LOTUS, a Shaw Brothers production featuring lots of (uncomfortable) sex, murder, intrigue and a very young Jackie Chan in his kinda sorta first role.

It’s the first episode of Cinema Smorgasbord, and we’re kicking off with WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS: A  JACKIE CHAN PODCAST! This podcast is, as you might have guessed, devoted to the life and work of actor JACKIE CHAN, including his vast filmography, his recorded work, cartoons, video games and so much more!

On the premiere episode we go back to 1971 for Jackie Chan’s very first starring role: CUB TIGER FROM KWANG TUNG (a.k.a LITTLE TIGER OF CANTON). Jackie was only 17-years-old when he appeared in the starring role of Hsiao Hu, but had been acting regularly since he was a child; even appearing in Shaw Brothers classics COME DRINK WITH ME and A TOUCH OF ZEN!

But that’s not all! We follow it up with a discussion of MASTER WITH CRACKED FINGERS, a re-edited version of CUB TIGER that added in 50% new footage using a Jackie Chan double and appearances by Chan regulars Yuen Siu Tien and Dean Shek.

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Here’s the rare footage of the Seven Little Fortunes from the episode of I SPY entitled “No Return On Damaged Merchandise”.