Jackie Chan Opens Film and TV School in China

The Hong Kong kung-fu star will serve as dean of the Film and Television Academy.

Hong Kong actor and director Jackie Chan has opened his first film school in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and appointed some of the country's top stars and directors as visiting professors.

The Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy of the Wuhan Institute of Design and Sciences was officially launched on May 20, the Sina.com website reported, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Chan's to establish a film school and serve as dean.

Chan had tried to open one in Beijing but it had to be shelved because of "many reasons."

"Today, I am able to establish it through the assistance of people who do care," the action star said.

Chan appointed his friends, including actor Zhang Guoli, actress Li Bingbing, director Feng Xiaogang and his wife and actress Xu Fan to act as visiting professors of his new school.

The actor and director also said he hoped to use his own as well as his peers' experiences in cinema and television to teach the next generation of actors and filmmakers.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Chan teamed up with the Marche du Film on a prize for young filmmakers.

Chan wants to hire more filmmakers to help students, not just in the classroom but also on set, and exchange programs with overseas schools are planned.

Currently, the institute offers undergraduate programs in animation, performance and digital media.

At the launch ceremony, Chan said foreign crews and directors were often employed to produce films.

Chan said he was someone who had cultivated the talents of his fellow stunt people until they became martial arts directors and choreographers, and he hoped to do the same with his students.