Jaycee Chan

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Jaycee Chan
Chinese name 房祖名 (traditional)
Chinese name 房祖名 (simplified)
Pinyin Fáng ZǔMíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Fong4 Zo2 Ming4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Chan Jo-Ming
陳祖明 (Traditional)
陈祖明 (Simplified)
Chén ZǔMíng (Mandarin)
Chan4 Zo2 Ming4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Linzi, Shandong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1982-12-03) 3 December 1982 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Jaycee Fong
Occupation Singer, actor, composer, lyricist, guitarist
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Guitar
Label(s) Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active 2004–2014
Parents Jackie Chan and Lin Feng-Jiao
Official Website Official website

Jaycee Chan Jo-ming (born 3 December 1982) is an American-born Hong Kong actor and singer. In 2004, he released his first Mandarin CD album in Hong Kong. He is currently based in Taiwan to continue his music career. He is the son of the Hong Kong martial artist and actor, Jackie Chan and his wife, Lin Feng-Jiao. He sings and performs in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Early life and education[edit]

Jaycee was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the son of Hong Kong action/martial arts star Jackie Chan and Taiwanese actress Lin Feng-Jiao. Sources, including Jackie Chan's autobiography, state that he was born in 1984 and that his parents were married in 1983. On the other hand Jackie's official website states that he was born in 1982.

Jaycee briefly attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia for two semesters, but did not graduate.[1][2] He has a penchant for luxury cars and nightlife and stated that he left school because “all you can see in Virginia is sheep.”[3][4]

Career[edit]

Giving up on school, Jaycee moved to Hong Kong in 2003. Despite heavy promotions and awards, his albums and movies have had dismal sales. His film Double Trouble only grossed US$9,000 in Hong Kong, making it one of the biggest box office failures ever.[5] His studio, though, is adamant that he will be a success one day at whatever cost.

In early 2009, Chinese websites reported that he has given up his United States citizenship in favor of Chinese citizenship (Hong Kong residency) to appeal to local audiences.[6]

For the film Little Big Soldier, his mother Joan Lin suggested that Jaycee costar with his father, but Jackie was highly against it.[7] However, Jaycee has since reconciled with his father, and they starred together in Jackie's 100th film, 1911.[8] The team-up resulted in Jackie Chan's least profitable and worst reviewed film to date.[9]

To appeal outside of Chinese audiences, his studios hired Korean and Singaporean artists, Jang Nara and Fann Wong, to promote Jaycee's new film, Whoever. The film was meant to satire Jaycee's life as a playboy from a famous father. Once again, the film was a box office disaster, not placing in the China top ten, despite a government mandate requiring it to be played at half the nation's theaters.[10] The studios decided not to release the film theatrically in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

During an awards ceremony in Beijing in April 2011, Jackie stated that he would be donating half his money to charity when he dies, instead of to his son.[11] [12] Jackie explained, "If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money."[11] [12]

Legal issues[edit]

On August 18, 2014, it was reported that Chan had been arrested on August 14 by Beijing police due to drug possession, alongside Ko Chen-tung, a Taiwanese actor.[13] Police later found more than 100 grams marijuana after searching Chan's apartment.[14] While Ko was set to be released 14 days after his arrest, Chan faces criminal charges and sentences up to the death penalty or life imprisonment for allegedly hosting others to consume marijuana.[15] Jaycee, whose father Jackie had been China's anti-drug goodwill ambassador since 2009, admitted to taking drugs for 8 years.[16] On September 17, 2014, procurator’s office have approved the formal arrest of Chan on suspicion of “accommodating drug users”.[17] Chan has been formally charged with providing a venue for drug use, a criminal charge that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role
2004 The Twins Effect II 千機變II: 花都大戰 "Charcoal Head" / "Star of Rex"
2005 2 Young 早熟 "Ka Fu"
2006 McDull, the Alumni 春田花花同學會 "Office staff" (cameo)
The Heavenly Kings 四大天王 Himself
2007 The Sun Also Rises 太陽照常升起 "The Son"
Invisible Target 男兒本色 "Officer Wai King Ho"
The Drummer 戰鼓 "Sid"
PK.COM.CN 誰說青春不能錯 "Zhang Wen Li"
2008 Kung Fu Panda 功夫熊猫 "Crane" (Cantonese voice)
Secrets of the Furious Five 虎胆五俠 "Master Monkey" (voice)
2009 Tracing Shadow 追影 "Lord Xu"
Mulan 花木蘭 "Fei Xiao Hu" A.K.A. "Tiger"
2010 Break Up Club 分手說愛你 "Joe"
2011 1911 辛亥革命 "Zhang Zhen Wu"
Kung Fu Panda 2 功夫熊猫2 "Crane" (Cantonese voice)
Lee's Adventure 李獻計歷險記 "Li Xian Ji"
East Meets West 東成西就2011
2012 Her Father His Father 春暖花開
Double Trouble 寶島雙雄 "Jay"
Whoever 愛誰誰
Chrysanthemum to the Beast 給野獸獻花
2013 Machi Action 變身 cameo
The Ideal City 一座城池
Love Speaks 意外的戀愛時光 "Zhou Tong"
2014 Great Mr. Zhou 了不起的周先生
2015 The Monk 道士下山

Discography[edit]

Released Title Language Track listing
2004 "Jaycee" [Self-titled AVCD – an audio CD that also contains music videos] Mandarin
2008 "一路好走" "Safe Journey" [An EP dedicated to his grandfather Charles Chan] Mandarin
  1. "一路好走" "Safe Journey"
2010 亂 "Chaos" Mandarin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jaycee Chan: Like dad, but only up to a point" New York Times. 7 December 2006.
  2. ^ List of College of William and Mary alumni
  3. ^ Jackie Chan: His Life, Films, Stunts, Injuries, Endorsements And Troubles – China. Facts and Details (23 April 2009).
  4. ^ Seno, Alexandra A. (December 7, 2006). "Jaycee Chan: Like dad, but only up to a point". New York Times. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Yikes! "Double Trouble" Only Made $9,000 in HK. Movies With Butter (10 July 2012).
  6. ^ 房祖名加入中国籍 美国移民局曾多次挽留_网易娱乐. Ent.163.com (21 January 2009).
  7. ^ "Jackie Chan refuses to work with his son in new film". Sina (in Chinese). 7 April 2009. 
  8. ^ 1911 (2011). Hkmdb.com (23 September 2011).
  9. ^ Commemorating China’s 1911 revolution: From Sun to Mao to now. The Economist.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ a b [2]. Jackie Chan to donate entire fortune to charity and leave his son nothing (6 April 2011).
  12. ^ a b [3]. The 15 tycoons who refuse to leave their fortunes to their children (22 August 2013).
  13. ^ 柯震东和房祖名在京吸毒被拘留, Beijing Times
  14. ^ Paul Armstrong (19 August 2014). "Jackie Chan's son held in anti-drugs crackdown in China's capital". CNN. 
  15. ^ Jackie Chan's Son, Taiwan Actor Kai Ko Arrested in Drug Bust
  16. ^ I've been taking marijuana for 8 years, says Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan
  17. ^ 房祖名被北京东城检察院批捕 面临三年以下徒刑, Xinhua News Agency
  18. ^ Jackie Chan’s son formally arrested, faces up to 3 years in jail, ChannelNewsAsia, September 17, 2014.

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