I chanced upon this touching reunion story of Jackie Chan with his first stunt team and thought, wow, I have to feature this superstar on my blog. And so I have. My Aha moment came when I was watching the Chinese entertainment programme (王牌对王牌) given to Jackie in January 2017 for his honorary Oscar. The kung fu star was honoured with the Oscar in November 2016 during the 8th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles. His reunion with his original stunt team on TV was an emotional tear jerker – much like the same genre of film that both Hong Kong and Hollywood studios were masters.
“Jackie Chan couldn’t hold back his tears when his stunt team surprised him for a TV reunion”
Members of the 1st (of eight) JC Stunt team recounted their great respect for Jackie, his resilience and his unselfish leadership and as a role model to emulate. They reminded me of the many kung fu (martial arts) movies that I had watched during my young days when the endearing virtue was “yee hey” 義氣 (inadequately translated as “loyalty”, “brotherhood code”) – and the type of leadership which builds espirit d’corps, camaraderie and brotherhood.
Today, we all try to label these virtues as necessary for team building. The test is whether the motive is driven by money or career advancement. Nothing inspires the heart more when others perceive that the motive comes from the heart to share and to help.
I met Jackie once whilst working as an expatriate in Hong Kong. He is genuinely a down-to-earth guy who loves fun.