Martial arts star Jackie Chan wants to join the Chinese Communist Party, but China doesn’t want him

  • The actor told a film symposium how much he loved the Communist Party, but in China, many said he was not worthy of membership due to alleged moral failings
  • Chan’s comments were further proof to people outside China he is anti-democracy and is a cheerleader for Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong
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Q: What are Jackie Chan’s best movies?

Jackie Chan (left) and Chor Yuen in a still from his 1985 film Police Story, one of the martial arts star’s 10 best films.

Q: How did Gordon Liu come to be the star of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), directed by Lau Kar-leung?

Gordon Liu in a still from the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, in which he plays a mythical martial arts teacher in ancient China. The Lau Kar-leung-directed film contains some of the best kung fu scenes ever filmed.

Q: What did A Touch of Zen star Hsu Feng think about the Palme d’Or that her film won at Cannes?

Bai Ying (left) and Hsu Feng in a still from A Touch of Zen, King Hu’s 1971 film, which won a technical prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975. Hsu returned to the Croisette 18 years later and won the festival’s Palme d’Or as producer of Chen Kaige’s Farewell My Concubine.

Q: Jimmy Wang Yu excels as the lone hero in a martial arts film inspired by the 1967 Hong Kong riots. What was the movie?

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Hong Kong star Jackie Chan leaves the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2013. Photo: AFP
Hong Kong star Jackie Chan leaves the opening session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in March 2013. Photo: AFP

Martial arts legend Jackie Chan has expressed his admiration for and desire to join the Chinese Communist Party, but some Chinese people have said he is not welcome. Many have said on social media that he has cheated on his wife and that his son has used drugs, both of which would disqualify him from membership.

Chan expressed his interest in membership at a symposium organised by the China Film Association last Thursday in Beijing. In a video published by M Video News, an outlet under state broadcaster Central China Television, Chan told a crowd of attendees at the symposium that when he’s abroad, he often says that he’s “proud of being Chinese”.

“I also envy that you are Communist Party members, I think the Communist Party is just great, what the Communist Party says, what they promised, will always be delivered within a few decades,” he said.

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