The Unauthorized Jackie Chan Encyclopedia: From "Project A" to "Shanghai Noon" and Beyond

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The Unauthorized Jackie Chan Encyclopedia offers readers and fans a comprehensive A-to-Z look at everything related to Jackie Chan and his unparalleled popularity and success. Regularly referred to as the world's biggest superstar, Jackie Chan has enjoyed more then three full decades of celebrity, and was only the second (after Bruce Lee) Asian star to gain full acceptance by - even domination of - the American pop film genre. The book's A-to-Z format is another huge "hook" here - besides Chan's perennial popularity. (And, since Chan produces at least one major US movie each year, his continued popularity and presence is virtually guaranteed.) This encyclopedic approach has been used successfully for other genre books, such as Encyclopedia Madonnica (not ours), but it has never been done for Jackie Chan. Acclaimed author John Corcoran (The Ultimate Martial Arts Q & A Book, Summer 2001), has spent his entire professional life in the martial arts and martial arts journalism. He is well connected and well positioned to support the book as needed. This is a very strong, timely addition to our martial arts list! (This book is not authorized by Jackie Chan or his companies or representatives.)

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The first A-to-Z guide to the reigning king of martial arts action

"In the pantheon of movie action heroes there is only one true God, and his name is Jackie Chan."
The Washington Post

The "Clown Prince" of martial arts, Jackie Chan has been delighting audiences with his two-fisted, high-velocity action comedies for more than three decades. With his penchant for performing his own amazing on-screen stunts, and with more fans than Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Van Damme combined, Chan has firmly established himself as the undisputed king of action films worldwide. Now, with The Unauthorized Jackie Chan Encyclopedia, his millions of fans can get a first-ever comprehensive look at everything Jackie.

From the mind-blowing (a near-death accident on the set of "Armour of God") to the mundane (his favorite ice-cream flavor is chocolate), here is everything you need to know about the Charlie Chaplin of martial arts action. In addition to the extensive alphabetical listing of Jackie facts, you'll find:

-A comprehensive filmography, from Jackie's childhood roles to his blockbuster hits of today -An exhaustive bibliographic guide to the books and magazine stories dedicated to Jackie -A list of official Jackie Chan fan clubs, complete with contact information and Web addresses

Carefully researched by martial arts expert and journalist John Corcoran and featuring photographs of Jackie Chan taken throughout his career, this lively and informative A-to-Z reference is nothing less than a Chan fan's dream come true.

About the Author:

John Corcoran is recognized as one of the world's premier martial arts authors and journalists, with seven martial arts books, countless articles, and the screenplay for "American Samurai" to his credit. He is a veteran black belt in karate, which he has studied for more than thirty years.

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