24th May 2017
- He takes a familiar object and fights with it Not all Jackie Chan fights involve guns and actual weapons. In fact, most of his fights make use of everyday objects or whatever he can find within a scene, like refrigerators, cameras, ladders and such things. That makes it surprising and funny at the same time. It somehow grounds the action.
- No smoky darkness It is a rare occasion to see Jackie Chan fight in a dark and smoky room where people are wearing black and nothing is seen. The fights are always well lit and his clothes contrast the opponent’s so that everything is really clear.
- Framing Framing is something that directors often give away. The best fights are ones that show the audience the environment within which the fighting is happening clearly. Jackie Chan always makes sure everything is within the frame and nothing looks out of place.
- No movement Jackie Chan, in an interview, spoke about how his American movies are filled with movement; cuts, camera angles and focus shifts are constant. His HK movies have people moving inside a still frame, not the camera moving around lazy actors. Action and reaction are kept within the same frame with minimal camera movement.
- Keeping the rhythm All actions, reactions, and scenes have a certain music about them. That is missing in many of the movies today because directors love to cut and switch from action to reaction at every hit, at every gunshot, and at every punch. Simply holding the shot for a few more seconds allows the music in a fight pop out.