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Sunday, 2 September, 2001, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Montreal honour for Chan
Jackie Chan
Rush Hour was a breakthrough film for Chan
Action movie hero Jackie Chan - one of Asian cinema's biggest stars - has been honoured at the Montreal World Film Festival.

The martial arts expert received the special Grand Prix of the Americas on Saturday in recognition of his film-making career.

Jackie Chan
Chan has made well over 100 films
Speaking at a press conference at the festival, Chan said he wanted to continue working on easily understandable films pitting the good guys against the baddies.

Chan, the star of films such as Who Am I? and Rush Hour, is a prolific movie-maker.

He also has his own Hong Kong-based production company.

Martial arts legend

He studied music, dance and traditional martial arts from the age of six and performs all his own stunts.

Chan is considered the successor to martial arts legend Bruce Lee and his recent hit Shanghai Noon is seen as proof of his success in Hollywood and with global audiences.

Jackie Chan
Chan was born in Hong Kong
His films combine martial arts and slapstick comedy.

Chan's latest release is Rush Hour II.

His next feature is to be a comedy action movie called Highbinders, a Hong Kong/US collaboration.

Set in 1920s London, it tells the tale of a Chinese immigrant police officer who is killed in the line of duty. But he returns from the dead with supernatural powers.

Chan stars in the movie alongside British comedian Lee Evans.

See also:

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