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Book Review: 'The Essential Jackie Chan Sourcebook'

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With all apologies to James Brown, the hardest-working man in show business these days may be Jackie Chan. The veteran action figure from Hong Kong has been such a presence recently, he seems to have sprung fully formed into American filmgoers’ consciousness. The authors, Chan fanatics to the core, show it ain’t so. Humorously exploring Chan’s upbringing, his early movie apprenticeship with Bruce Lee, his injuries, and his philanthropic work, this biographical filmography reveals a fresh dimension to the king of chopsocky. B

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