However, politics and the 2016 awards took a back seat once the 75-minute ceremony started, with knockout clip montages and verbal tributes to the four honorees.
Chan, looking about the same age as he did in the 1970s scenes of his work, climaxed the evening with the shortest and most exuberant speech, saying that years ago, he saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house, and knew he wanted one of his own.
In their first collaboration, Chan and Finnish action director Renny Harlin scored an impressive $60 million (R800m) China debut weekend in July.
As the US-China co-production opens, it’s nine years after Hong Kong police inspector Bennie Chan’s (Chan) partner Yung Bai (Tsang) died at the hands of a Chinese crime syndicate.
Action vet Harlan (Die Hard 2, The Legend of Hercules) knows a thing or two about fight scenes, and while humour may not be his forté, with comedic actors like Chan and Knoxville, all bases are covered.
Chan performs all of his own fights and quite a few of the action scenes.
Chan discovers the American has been kidnapped and airlifted back to Russia, where he has unfinished business with the unmarried, pregnant daughter of a local gangster.
Chan’s only chance of bringing the gambler to justice is to single-handedly take on the Russian goons and extract Watts.
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