In Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978) he learns martial arts not from a revered master but from a pair of street people.
His breakthrough came in 1978 with Drunken Master , a historical tale of a young kung fu student who learns a style in which the fighter appears to be drunk.
Jackie Chan is the living legend and certenly the greatest star of Hong Kong cinema.
Chan was born of humle origin in mainland China and indentured as a child in the peking opera, he was a teenage member of the famous troupe called the Seven Little Fortune, which included Samo Hung and Yen Biao who also mauted into giants of Hong Kong cinema.
Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong on 7th April 1954. Chan is the son of Lee-Lee and Charles Chan, who emigrated to Canberra, Australia in 1960 as refugees from the Chinese Civil War.
He began to bill himself as Sing Lung, which means "to become the dragon," and he became one of a host of young martial artists hoping to fill the shoes of Bruce Lee, who had died in 1973.
Drunken Master became a hit in Asia and an art house success in the United States, spawning a sequel and eventually a restored American reissue, as Chan's popularity finally crossed the Pacific.
Chan's performance was a virtuoso blend of action and perfectly controlled (and often highly comic) false-drunken choreography.
Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan (born 1954) is one of the most recognizable cinematic personalities in the world.
His mixture of literally death-defying stunts and genial, self-deprecating comedy gained a massive following first in Hong Kong, then over much of Asia, and finally, beginning in the late 1990s, in the United States.