Jackie Chan works on a fight sequence for Drunken Master II (also released as The Legend of Drunken Master) in 1993. Chan served as stunt coordinator as well as starring in the film. Photo: SCMP
Jackie Chan works on a fight sequence for Drunken Master II (also released as The Legend of Drunken Master) in 1993. Chan served as stunt coordinator as well as starring in the film. Photo: SCMP

Jackie Chan on his early days as a stuntman, learning the hard way and impressing John Woo

  • Chan worked as a stuntman for very little pay, but moved into fight choreography when he saw how powerful a film’s stunt coordinator was
  • At just 19, he choreographed stunts and fight scenes for John Woo’s The Young Dragons, and Chan says he ‘knew all the tricks’ by then and exuded confidence

Jackie Chan works on a fight sequence for Drunken Master II (also released as The Legend of Drunken Master) in 1993. Chan served as stunt coordinator as well as starring in the film. Photo: SCMP
Jackie Chan works on a fight sequence for Drunken Master II (also released as The Legend of Drunken Master) in 1993. Chan served as stunt coordinator as well as starring in the film. Photo: SCMP
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