I do understand the words coming out his mouth. He’s wrong.
You can read this transcript on ESWN. I’m not too worked up about the comments about Chinese people needing more regulation. Because people of all stripes have this nanny mentality in politics. I deal with it here in the states.
What I do object to is how he characterizes both Taiwan and Hong Kong as “too chaotic”. I’ve never been to Taiwan, but I have been to Hong Kong enough times to notice that it is a more orderly place than New York City. Hectic? Yes, it’s a big city. But not even close to chaotic. What evidence does Jackie Chan to show that Hong Kong is a chaotic place. Even if there is evidence, I doubt it can be more chaotic than Mainland China, which reported 87,000 “mass incidents” in 2005.
The transcript then shows that the media left out a lot of remarks. Unfortunately, the stuff left makes him even sound dumber. He believe that the influx crappy movies in Hong Kong are due to too much freedom in HK. I am not disputing the crap quality of many movie in Hong Kong, but people like to watch that crap, and watch lots of it. I can see Mainland China having the expertise to filter the content of a film, but regulating quality? A Chinese Roger Ebert as minister of motion pictures?
No doubt mainlanders will eat this up. And since their spending power is greater than Hong Kong and Taiwan and the rest of the Chinese diaspora combined, I doubt it will effect his bottom line. As a matter of fact, now that Jackie Chan is officially a mainlander, I expect him to gain from his “insight” into the Chinese psyche.
Good thing for him that my opinion of him as a great action star doesn’t change because of this. However, his view on Hong Kong, like my reaction to Rush Hour 3, left a bad taste.