I am Jackie Chan
by Jackie Chan
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed
reading Jackie’s autobiography. I have no idea how much of it he really
wrote, but I found the chapters covering his early years through the apprenticeship
at the Peking Opera School to his first films very interesting. I loved
his discussions regarding his relationship with Sammo and Yuen Biao. The
style is very casual and it feels as if Jackie is almost talking to you.
There is a great deal of fairly personal and seemingly honest details about
his love affairs and his disagreements with certain directors. I am not
sure if you come away from this book truly understanding what it is that
drives him so much, but the book is certainly not a complete whitewash.
There is actually not a lot included about his
career after he makes it big. These years are covered in a fairly cursory
manner and one has to wonder whether he is saving material for another
book. He includes listings of his favorite fights and stunts. This is a
very easy fun read that you can get through fairly quickly.