- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Tumblr
Jackie Chan is spearheading a campaign to push for more Hong Kong actors in Chinese television and film productions.
The most famous name in the Hong Kong film industry is lending his considerable clout to the Association for Betterment of Hong Kong’s Entertainment Industry in Mainland China, which had its official launch ceremony Wednesday at Hong Kong Filmart.
The body will lobby authorities in Beijing as well as collectively bargain key concessions for young Hong Kong talent to secure roles in films and on TV series produced on the mainland.
As a result of a treaty signed in 2003 that sought to promote co-productions between Hong Kong and China, actors from the city were limited to a third of the roles in film projects produced on the mainland. For television, the quotas were even stricter, with only five slots held open for Hong Kong and Macau talent for all jobs on the production including acting, directing and screenwriting.
The new association wants to relax the rules or cancel them altogether and has argued that they are stifling young talent in Hong Kong from breaking through as Chinese productions prefer to fill their quota with established stars.
At the event, Chan also said that Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong actors need to be more willing to adapt particularly when it comes to language. “People go to work in Hengdian and they feel lonely, but it’s because they don’t understand Putonghua,” he told reporters.
Chan, who also belongs to the select group of 200 Hong Kong delegates on China’s top political advisory body, will chair the association, and the group includes co-founder Eric Tsang, singer-songwriter Nicholas Tse, actress Liza Wang Ming-chuen and actor Wong Cho-lam.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day