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The Expendables 3

Jet Li Collection - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 01:05

It’s time to reload because Barney Ross, Lee Christmas and the rest of the gang are back, and doing what they do best  blowing everything to hell in this brand new entry to the most testosterone-filled franchise of all time.

After breaking out one of their own, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the Expendables undertake a contract to capture a notorious arms smuggler. The only catch is that the arms smuggler in question turns out to be Barney’s former teammate and co-founder of The Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), a man who Barney had to put down after he went rogue. But Stonebanks survived, and has made it his mission to destroy the team he once called his own. The story really kicks off when one of Barney’s friends is caught in the crossfire, forcing him to recruit a younger generation of Expendables to help fill out the ranks for what will be all-out war.

Sylvester Stallone once again returns as writer and star of the lucrative franchise, and this time he’s enlisted the help of Australian director Patrick Hughes. The talented director has made sure to fill the screen with enough hard-hitting action and stoic one liners to knock the audience back into their seats.

While the team’s core troops, including Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) all return, Barney is gathering some old faces and new talent. First off, there’s Wesley Snipes as the slightly unhinged knife master Doctor Death. A former medic, and one of the original Expendables, Death has a few screws loose, but is an adapt soldier who is more than capable in a firefight and can hold his own when it comes to unarmed combat, as well as giving the Expendables resident blade master, Statham’s Lee Christmas, a run for his money. Snipes jumps into this role, and instantly steals the first fifteen minutes of the movie for himself. He brings a crazed personality to Death, as well as some much needed soulful flair.

Joining Snipes is Antonio Banderas as the acrobatically gifted Galgo. A former member of the Spanish Armed Forces and Bosnian War veteran, Galgo is desperate for a chance to prove himself and recapture his masculinity and warrior spirit once more. While Galgo produces a hell of a lot of laughs out of his desperation to experience combat again, he also carries a sense of sorrow (like all the Expendables do) from the harsh realities of war. Banderas has an absolute ball as Galgo, and is equally impressive with both his comedic and dramatic timing. He also brings this wildcard sense of energy, and passion to his fight scenes, holding his own, while also plying his irresistible charm. He’s a great addition to the Expendables roster.

But it’s not just the old dogs who are along for the ride this time, as the Expendables are getting some new blood. Kellan Lutz leads the pack as washed up former Marine John Smilee, who finds a sense of purpose and a role model in Barney, while also showing off some impressive motocross skills as he inflicts some serious damage to the bad guys. However, Barney isn’t just leaving it to the boys this time, introducing Rhonda Rousey’s Luna  a tough chick if we ever saw one. She definitely is the breakout star of this piece, and being a UFC World Champion has some serious ass kicking skills to boot. Rousey also proves that she’s got the acting chops and presence to be a major star. Additionally, The Expendables get a tech infusion thanks to Glen Powell’s thrillseeking, daredevil super hacker Thorn, as well as some badass new toys courtesy of Victor Ortiz’s high tech weapons specialist, Mars.

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as Barney’s resident frenemy Trench Mauser, who once again picks up an assortment of high-powered machine guns to terminate everything in sight. Kelsey Grammer gets in on the action as retired mercenary and ‘talent scout’ Bonaparte, throwing plenty of comedy in Barney’s direction, while legendary actor Harrison Ford show’s up as C.I.A case officer and authority figure Max Drummer, who isn’t content to just give orders, storming out into the field behind the controls of a helicopter gunship.

But the biggest part of the whole movie comes in the form of chief villain Conrad Stonebanks, played by an absolutely pumped and very scary Mel Gibson. While Eric Roberts and Jean Claude Van Damme antagonised Barney and the boys in the first two installments of the series, Mel Gibson is the arch villain that The Expendables deserve. Stonebanks has a serious problem with Barney, and Gibson perfectly channels his hatred for his former teammate. What works is that Stonebanks is portrayed as the somewhat twisted mirror image of what Barney could have become had he strayed from the path, and their mano a mano, no holds barred final confrontation is absolutely brutal.

The Expendables 3 certainly isn’t short of action, and there’s some pretty impressive set pieces. While the new kids on the block get more attention than I had anticipated, the old dogs certainly learn a thing or two from them, and when these two generations of Expendables finally team up together the results are explosive. The Expendables are back, locked, loaded and ready for action. Boom Lay Boom.

3.5/5

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Jackie Chan Explains Why He Turned Down Expendables 2 & 3

Jet Li Collection - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:42
On the list of “shoulda-been-Expendables,” Jackie Chan ranks pretty highly. He’s o
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The Expendables III

Jet Li Collection - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:30

The Expendables III

Director: Patrick Hughes

Writers: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton RothenbergerKatrin Benedikt (Screenplay), Dave Callaham (Characters)

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford

 

The Expendables are back for a third time, when Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his team come into conflict with the co-founder of the Expendables, who is determined to destroy the team. Following the successful sequel to The Expendables and the biggest cast to date, would three be too many or will it be the best yet?

More actors does not make for a better film, what is really important (the story) is second best to the ridiculous amount of actors. Quite frankly the story isn’t memorable and in such makes this a very forgettable film. It’s the same thing over and over again, with big explosions, jokes made about some of the actors past, such as Wesley Snipes tax evasion and nostalgic lines, such as ‘Get to the chopper’ in an attempt at whit. It’s always been a predictable franchise, however they always had the enjoyment factor outweighing it, 3 loses that enjoyment and the predictability becomes a major focus, with it being really easy to guess what happens.

We are reintroduced to the familiar faces (Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews) and welcome way too many new faces (Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, and Victor Ortiz). Bruce Willis is the only main character not to return, which hinders the film as he brought a lot to the second Expendables. The Expendables 3 is far too crowded, with the cast all fighting for screen time, we have seen that it is possible to have a lot of characters and not feel too crowded (such as Avengers Assemble), this is an example of how not to do it. In a scene, Barney decides not to use his usual team and brings in a new team. The problem is the familiar and more popular faces find their roles reduced in place of people who aren’t big names or can’t even act.

With a fourth already confirmed we need to see higher profile action actors introduced, actors such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Jackie Chan, who still have the star power and can bring the excitement and interest back. With Expendables 3, it has a bottom of the barrel feel and while Gibson, Snipes, Banderas, Grammer and Ford are huge actors in their own right, they don’t have the same appeal they once had. Other than Snipes and Banderas the other three just don’t belong in an action film, they are not known for these kind of films and just don’t suit it.

The biggest crime of all caused, is the tragedy of Terry Crews’ character, within the first 10/15 minutes he is shot and taken out of practically the whole film. Of all the characters (barring Stallone and Statham) Crews is vital, he brings the comedy relief and stops it becoming too serious, while each actor brings a moment of comedy to it, it’s Crews who really is a breath of fresh air. He has always had a small role, but his small role is incredibly important and without him, the film suffers from being too serious.

It seems we have gone one film too far (assuming you enjoyed the second), it lacks originality and they seem to think listing off a big bunch of names is enough to warrant a lackluster film. It’s clear they are unable to accommodate the large cast and the wrong people get the air time. The funny moments we’re use to seeing in the previous two is lacked for a poor story and copious amounts of explosions. For the fourth installment to be worth watching, we need to see a much better story and higher profile actors. The Expendables 3 receives 5.2/10, it’s just not good enough for what we all expect it to be.

Story 5.5
Characters 4.5
Interest 5
Ending 5
Action 6

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'Expendables' Go Out With a Ba-Boom

Jet Li Collection - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:18

The Expendables 3
Two and a half stars (out of four)
PG-13 (violence including sustained gun battles and fight scenes, language)
126 minutes

Nostalgia for the 1980s ruled the box office this past weekend as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” held the No. 1 spot and “Guardians of the Galaxy” followed close behind.

There was little love, however, for another group of ’80s relics. The veteran action stars of “The Expendables 3″ saw their sequel flop, opening in fourth place.

Apparently, the gimmick of Sly and his friends assembling to have some fun and make a little movie together has lost its punch. There’s also the fact that, according to Box Office Mojo, a “pristine” version of the film has been available online for weeks. So maybe “Expendables” fans are just a bunch of pirates.

Whatever the reason for the downfall of the aging mercenaries, “The Expendables 3″ deserves at least a little better. For those who still miss old-fashioned stunt work, groan-inducing one-liners and the days when men of few words and many muscles dominated the big screen, this third installment is just as cornily entertaining as the first two films.

Although “The Expendables 2″ rolled out a crowd-pleasing cameo by Chuck Norris and featured the Muscles from Brussels himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme, as the villain, the third movie boasts an ensemble so large, you can barely pick out their faces on the promotional billboards.

In case you’re wondering, returning Expendables include Sylvester Stallone, of course, as head honcho Barney Ross; cool-as-a-cucumber Jason Statham as Barney’s righthand man, Lee Christmas; perpetually surprised-looking Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench, Barney’s former comrade and occasional rival; Dolph Lundgren as antisocial but well-armed Gunnar Jensen; Randy Couture as demolitions expert Toll Road; and Terry Crews as heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar. (Jet Li fans will have to be patient, but don’t worry, he’s here, too.)

When it comes to new additions to the cast, “The Expendables 3″ amps up the star power, albeit of the has-been variety, as none other than Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes grace Sly and the gang with their presence. And then there’s Mel Gibson, showing up in his most substantial big-screen role since his career imploded in a cloud of scandal.

Let’s talk about Mel for a moment. Like many people, it’s difficult for me to take him seriously after his reprehensible antics over the last few years. I don’t usually hold these things against actors, but in this case, it was nearly impossible not to judge. “The Expendables 3″ serves as a strange, almost haunting, reminder of Gibson’s talent. He still looks haggard and doesn’t have much of a part, playing a maniacal arms dealer — didn’t he just do same role in “Machete Kills”? — but considering what he’s got to work with, he’s not half bad. (In stark contrast, Ford never seems to be enjoying himself until he finds himself inside the cockpit of a helicopter.)

It is Gibson’s character, the modern art-collecting Stonebanks, who lures the seasoned but still lethal team of soldiers-for-hire known as The Expendables out of retirement once again. Turns out he has a history with Barney (Sylvester Stallone), one so painful, it causes Sly to clench that Botoxed jaw and get a misty, far-away look in his eyes.

Barney and his men are dispatched by their new CIA contact (Ford, replacing Bruce Willis’ Church) to halt a deal by Stonebanks, but the mission quickly turns personal. When one of their own is threatened — yes, the plot of “Expendables 3″ hews closely to that of “Expendables 2″ — a shaken Barney attempts to shelve his team so they can enjoy their sunset years without prematurely expiring.

This leads to a hilariously sentimental montage of Barney’s dudes moping around in hotel rooms with no bros to hang with and no one to kill. It also results in the recruitment of a team of rookies including boxer Victor Ortiz, mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz of “Twilight” dreamboat-hood and newcomer Glen Powell.

These young whippersnapper Expendables don’t add much to the film. Perhaps Stallone included them to make the film seem more, I don’t know, relevant? Or perhaps he’s pandering — unsuccessfully — to a younger audience. Maybe that’s also why “Expendables 3″ is rated PG-13 instead of the R this action throwback clearly calls for.

Despite the absence of blood and other gory details, this third entry has almost everything you’d want from an “Expendables” movie: shameless testosterone and male bonding, an extravaganza of explosions, machine-gun fire and martial arts, and cheesy quips, although it feels like there are less of these than in previous installments. Still, Stallone finds gags in everything from Snipes’ recent prison stint to Willis’ abrupt departure from the franchise.

Much of the film’s humor can be attributed to Snipes, spry as ever and raring to go as Doc, an ex-Expendable who is dramatically reunited with Barney and friends, and Banderas, stealing scenes as Galgo, a motor-mouthed wannabe Expendable.

Working from a story and script by Stallone, director Patrick Hughes — watch out for this guy, he’s been tapped to helm the American remake of “The Raid” — cooks up some satisfyingly old-school stunt sequences, including a doozy of a prologue revolving around a prison train ambush and a finale in which Stallone leaps onto a choppah (as Schwarzenegger calls it).

It’s probably time for the Expendables to hang up their body armor and shoulder holsters and call it a day, but if No. 3 is the end, at least Sly and the gang go out with a bang.

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Where Is The Equality? Where Is The Support?

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:49

There are people with different colors of skin complexion in this world. Having been living in multicultural city for more than a decade, I truly believe that the longer we know a person, the easier it is for us to see that person, who he or she is; also, the faster it is for us to realize that the difference of skin color doesn’t turn the boy or girl next to us into someone, who’s lacking aspirations and dreams.

Because of my belief in the value of and equality for all human beings, I am constantly made to feel powerless by the senseless violence that we, humans, inflict on each other, and the unjust reality that we have helped create, consciously or unconsciously. My sense of powerlessness isn’t due to there is nothing we can do to eradicate all the ills of the world; instead, it is triggered by the fact that in 2014, we still misjudge people, solely based on their skin color.

The rich kid (Jaycee Chan, aka Jackie Chan’s son) got busted for marijuana possession, a whole village of lawyers comes out to help. The poor kid (Michael Brown) from Ferguson, Missouri, unarmed, got shot at least six times by local police on his way to his grandma’s house for simply being who he was, an African American man. None of those Caucasian artists, who have been declaring their love for Black culture and their support for The Black community, have uttered words of significance, justice, and influence.

Where is the equality? Where is the support?

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The Expendables 3

Jet Li Collection - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:39

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If there’s one comforting silver lining to take away from an abysmal movie making money and becoming a franchise, it’s that there’s always a possibility of future instalments improving upon their predecessors. Mission Impossible: III and Ghost Protocol and Fast Five and Six stand out as great examples of movies that overcame incredibly weak original movies. I’m sorry to report that The Expendables 3 is no such movie. The only compliment I can award The Expendables series is that the structure and pacing of each movie has gradually improved.

This is hardly the highest compliment, however, as Expendables 1 is an incoherent mess and while Expendables 2 has something resembling a plot, it’s thin and inconsequential. Movie #3 follows Stallone hunting down former friend-turned-enemy, played by Mel Gibson, and hiring a new, younger team after a failed mission convinces him that their time has passed.  As all the trailers give away, the new team are captured by Gibson and held hostage, forcing Jason Statham and the gang to return and assist Stallone in a rescue mission. It’s the first of the three movies to do anything with the theme of 80s action heroes in the modern world.

The problem is that the ensemble cast has never reflected said theme. Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenneger are the only core team members who fit the “80s star” bill, whereas Statham and Terry Crews rose to prominence in the 2000s, Randy Couture has never been a viable action star and newcomers (and most entertaining cast members) Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas are an entirely different breed of old school vets. The whole old vs new plot would feel more entertaining if Stallone’s team had always been comprised of the sort of veterans The Expendables was always toted as being a vehicle for; the Stallones, Schwarzeneggers, Lundgrens alongside stars such as Burt Reynolds, Mel Gibson and Jean-Claude Van Damme (not as the villain!) with Statham and Crews leading the younger team with other millennial stars such as Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner and Daniel Craig. They’re hardly fresh faced, but they are at the peak of their careers and physical stature, making them the ideal replacement team from an allegorical and fan service standpoint. Instead, the new team features a roster of unmemorable new faces.

Ronda Rousey feels like the only member with potential for a lucrative future in Hollywood. The subject of women in lead roles is getting more attention than ever due to a number of high profile movies meeting with huge success, with Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie leading blockbuster Sci-Fi and Fantasy films this year alone. As for the action movies that used to be Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s domain (less so nowadays, suggest the box-office figures), Rousey and Gina Carano have just the right mix of charisma, intensity and fighting prowess to be the ideal choice for leads in this genre. Expendables 3 is hardly an ideal vehicle for Rousey, however, which is a sad statement when Carano was well showcased by the Fast and the Furious franchise. Thankfully, Rousey will be joining that series next year, which I can only hope is up to the ridiculously stupid-but-fun standards of the previous two entries.

The Expendables 3 is the most competently directed of the three movies, but with Stallone and co. still unable to grasp meta humour, the performances all sub par and a lack of vested interest in any of the action, it’s not enough to save this middling series.

★★☆☆☆

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Movie Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

Jet Li Collection - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:30

Title: The Expendables 3

Release date: August 15, 2014

Running time: 126 minutes

Director: Patrick Hughes

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Summary: Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

The-Expendables-3Apparently two weren’t enough… The Expendables 3, as the name says, is the third in the franchise and is obviously suffering at the boxoffice, not being able to make it in the Top 3 in its opening weekend and going behind Let’s Be Cops. It could be discussed that this was due to the early leaked of the film in dvd quality a couple of weeks before it debuted in theaters, if only it was at least a decent movie. Which is not the case.

The first half is so slow and boring, looking for the young gang and introducing so many unnecessary characters, when the actual appeal of these movies relies in the chemistry between the aging stars that we love from their previous work in the 80s and 90s.

Stallone is again our lead and the only one that gets enough screentime. You can see that he tries to make it good and wants it to succeed but he doesn’t do anything that we haven’t seen him do before. The character doesn’t show enough motivation to drop the old crew and search for a new one and the whole thing feels a bit convenient. Mel Gibson was actually the most interesting to watch and the one that delivers a decent performance. He was a terrific villain, but the scene with the painting was so useless.

Harrison Ford, such a great actor and completely forgettable in this role. Crammer was just another famous face to throw in the mix and add to the poster. Snipes, good especially in the opening scene but fades away towards the end. Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li should have had more prominent roles instead of wasting time in the new crew that doesn’t bring anything of the corny humour we want from these movies.

So, what’s the point of having a new younger crew? These actors, while they can have been good in their individual action movies, don’t have the nostalgic emotion to bring to these characters. Kellan Lutz was quite a nice surprise. Ronda Rousey had a couple of kick-ass moments but her acting skills were far from satisfactory.

This is why Antonio Banderas was a breath of fresh air. Annoying and at times even a bit embarrasing, he was the only one that came close to play an actual character instead of repeating what he has done in other films. He had some funny moments and was able to completely change the tone in a natural way in his exchange with Stallone.

In the end, this is not a good movie, but tries so hard to be that it’s actually quite sad. Pulling from all those popular action movies from the 80s and 90s and instead of doing a good story with convincing characters, the actors are all stuck playing caricatures of themselves. So much talent wasted.

2,5/10

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Jackie Chan's Son Arrested In Drug Bust

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:27

Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, has been arrested in a drug bust in Bejing. What’s worse: Jackie Chan is an anti-drug ambassador in China!! Talk about ironic!! Jaycee Chan is a 32 year old actor and singer, and according to TIME he admitted marijuana use. Many think that Jaycee will face a light sentence, due to his celebrity connection, but we’re not so sure. His dad seems to be strict with him, and even denied him his fortune in 2011! He chose to instead give it to charity, saying “If he is capable, he can make his own money…If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.” Harsh! We wonder what Jackie’s going to say now that he’s been arrested!

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Jackie Chan's son arrested on drug charges, faces up to three years in prison

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:21

The actor son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were announced several days later.

Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan’s home.

Jaycee Chan’s management, M’Stones International, apologized to the public on his behalf for the “social impact” caused in a statement on their website. It said they would “supervise his rehabilitation and help him return to the right path.”

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The detentions follow a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished. In Beijing alone, more than 7,800 people have been caught in the crackdown, police said.

A string of celebrities have been among those detained, including Gao Hu, who acted in Zhang Yimou’s 2011 movie The Flowers of War. Last week, 42 Beijing performing arts associations and theatre companies signed a pledge to not hire any actors connected with drugs in an event organized by the capital’s Narcotics Control Office and the Beijing Cultural Bureau.

Pi Yijun, an anti-drug adviser for the Beijing government, said authorities were targeting celebrities because “these people have a large number of fans, so their behaviour tends to have a huge influence on young people.”

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired footage of a police search of the younger Chan’s home in Beijing in which he is depicted, his face pixelated, showing officers where he stashed bags of marijuana. Police said they acted on a tipoff from the public.

Chan is accused of accommodating drug users, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment — a far more serious charge than that of drug consumption. Two other people detained in the same case were accused of selling drugs while Ko is accused of drug consumption.

China named the elder Chan an anti-drug ambassador in 2009. Ko, the Taiwanese star, was part of an anti-drug campaign two years ago, CCTV reported, showing footage of the campaign in which he joins other celebrities in a chorus declaring: “I don’t use drugs.”

On Tuesday, Ko was shown on CCTV, his face pixelated, tearfully apologizing to his fans and family.

“I feel very regretful, very sorry to all the people who support me… I’ve been a very bad example, I’ve made a very big mistake,” Ko said. In a statement online, his management company, Star Ritz Productions, said Ko had received a 14-day detention and also apologized to the public.

Ko, whose real name is Ko Chen-tung, became a sensation after his 2011 film “You Are the Apple of My Eye,” a box-office hit in Taiwan. He won Best New Performer award for his role in the coming-of-age movie at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan, considered the most prestigious in Chinese-language cinema.

He played the boyfriend of one of the protagonists in China-produced “Tiny Times 3.0,” which appealed to young female audiences and knocked “Transformers 4″ off the No. 1 spot as the most watched film after its release in the mainland last month.

Illegal drug use has ballooned in China in recent decades, after being virtually eradicated following the 1949 communist revolution. Narcotics began to reappear with the loosening of social controls in the late 1980s.

In more recent years, rising wealth and greater personal freedoms have been accompanied by a growing popularity of methamphetamines and the party drugs Ecstasy and ketamine. They are often bought on social media forums and consumed in nightclubs, leading to periodic police crackdowns.

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Jackie Chan’s Son Jaycee Chan Arrested After Being Caught In Huge Anti-Drug Crackdown

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 20:40

Jackie Chan’s son has become the latest celebrity to be detained on drug-related charges in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Jaycee Chan, 31, was arrested last Thursday along with the 23-year-old Taiwanese star Kai Ko, Beijing police said on Monday.

It is unclear why the announcement of the detentions was delayed for several days.

Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100g of it was taken from Chan’s home.

Jaycee Chan’s management, M’Stones International, apologised to the public on his behalf for the “social impact” caused in a statement on their website. It said they would “supervise his rehabilitation and help him return to the right path”.

Jaycee Chan was born and raised in Los Angeles and has tried to launch a film and music career, which has not flourished. He is known as a playboy in China and is said to have frustrated his father with his extravagant lifestyle.

The detentions follow a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished. In Beijing alone, more than 7,800 people have been caught in the crackdown, police said.

Jackie Chan was in London for a screening of Chinese Zodiac last week
Last week, 42 Beijing performing arts associations and theatre companies signed a pledge to not hire any actors connected with drugs in an event organised by the capital’s Narcotics Control Office and the Beijing Cultural Bureau.

Pi Yijun, an anti-drug adviser for the Beijing government, said authorities were targeting celebrities because “these people have a large number of fans, so their behaviour tends to have a huge influence on young people”.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired footage of a police search of the younger Chan’s home in Beijing in which he is depicted, his face pixelated, showing officers where he stashed bags of marijuana. Police said they acted on a tip-off from the public.

Chan is accused of accommodating drug users, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment – a far more serious charge than that of drug consumption.

Two other people detained in the same case were accused of selling drugs while Ko is accused of drug consumption.

China named the elder Chan an anti-drug ambassador in 2009.

Ko, the Taiwanese star, was part of an anti-drug campaign two years ago, CCTV reported, showing footage of the campaign in which he joins other celebrities in a chorus declaring: “I don’t use drugs.”

He was shown on CCTV, his face pixelated, tearfully apologising to his fans and family.

“I feel very regretful, very sorry to all the people who support me … I’ve been a very bad example, I’ve made a very big mistake,” he said.

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Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

jackiechan compiled - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 20:39

BEIJING (AP) — The actor-son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were announced several days later.

Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan’s home.

Jaycee Chan’s management, M’Stones International, apologized to the public on his behalf for the “social impact” caused, in a statement on their website. It said they would “supervise his rehabilitation and help him return to the right path.”

The detentions follow a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished. In Beijing alone, more than 7,800 people have been caught in the crackdown, police said.

A string of celebrities have been among those detained, including Gao Hu, who acted in Zhang Yimou’s 2011 movie, “The Flowers of War.” Last week, 42 Beijing performing arts associations and theater companies signed a pledge to not hire any actors connected with drugs in an event organized by the capital’s Narcotics Control Office and the Beijing Cultural Bureau.

Pi Yijun, an anti-drug adviser for the Beijing government, said authorities were targeting celebrities because “these people have a large number of fans, so their behavior tends to have a huge influence on young people.”

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired footage of a police search of the younger Chan’s home in Beijing in which he is depicted, his face pixelated, showing officers where he stashed bags of marijuana. Police said they acted on a tipoff from the public.

Chan is accused of accommodating drug users, an offense that carries a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment — a far more serious charge than that of drug consumption. Two other people detained in the same case were accused of selling drugs while Ko is accused of drug consumption.

China named the elder Chan as an anti-drug ambassador in 2009. Ko, the Taiwanese star, was part of an anti-drug campaign two years ago, CCTV reported, showing footage of the campaign in which he joins other celebrities in a chorus declaring: “I don’t use drugs.”

On Tuesday, Ko was shown on CCTV, his face pixelated, tearfully apologizing to his fans and family.

“I feel very regretful, very sorry to all the people who support me… I’ve been a very bad example, I’ve made a very big mistake,” Ko said. In a statement online, his management company, Star Ritz Productions, said Ko had received a 14-day detention and also apologized to the public.

Ko, whose real name is Ko Chen-tung, became a sensation after his 2011 film “You Are the Apple of My Eye,” a box-office hit in Taiwan. He won Best New Performer award for his role in the coming-of-age movie at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan, considered the most prestigious in Chinese-language cinema.

He played the boyfriend of one of the protagonists in China-produced “Tiny Times 3.0,” which appealed to young female audiences and knocked “Transformers 4″ off the No. 1 spot as the most watched film after its release in the mainland last month.

Illegal drug use has ballooned in China in recent decades, after being virtually eradicated following the 1949 communist revolution. Narcotics began to reappear with the loosening of social controls in the late 1980s.

In more recent years, rising wealth and greater personal freedoms have been accompanied by a growing popularity of methamphetamines and the party drugs Ecstasy and ketamine. They are often bought on social media forums and consumed in nightclubs, leading to periodic police crackdowns.

 

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The son of martial arts movie star Jackie Chan has been arrested for marijuana possession at his Beijing home.

Jaycee Chan, 32, and his Taiwanese movie star friend Kai Ko, 23, were both detained by police after more than 3.5ounces of marijuana were found at Jaycee’s home.

Jaycee is the son of Hong Kong-born movie legend Jackie Chan, who rose to fame in Chinese martial arts movies, as well as U.S.-produced films such as the Rush Hour series.

Chinese police confirmed they found the drugs at Jaycee’s home and said the two arrested also tested positive for marijuana use.

Jaycee has had several run-ins with his father over the years and in 2011, Jackie Chan said he would not be leaving his fortune to his son upon his death, but donating it to charity in order to force his son to earn his own money.

 

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