Action star Jackie Chan has recently announced the establishment of the “Association for Betterment of Hong Kong’s Entertainment Industry in Mainland China”, in his effort to seek more opportunities for Hong Kong artistes in the north.

As reported on Mingpao, Jackie, who also serves as the association’s first president, stated that the association’s objective is to strengthen collaboration and communication between Hong Kong filmmakers and their mainland counterparts.

“In the past ten years, Hong Kong film or television is growing larger and larger in the mainland market, meaning more and more opportunities for us. The Association hopes to strengthen collaboration and communication between two places and to help Hong Kong on and off camera performing artists with Mainland work and on the field experience,” he said.

Jackie shared that he spent 20 years continuously making these efforts and last year founded the China Stuntman Association in hopes of giving a place for wandering stunt people.

In addition, Jackie stated that the association also plans to establish scholarships for Hong Kong students interested in the performing arts.

Aside from Jackie, the association boasts membership of many well-respected Hong Kong artistes including Eric Tsang – who serves as the executive president, Liza Wang and Alan Tam as vice presidents, and other founding members incluuding Louis Koo, Andrew Lau, Wong Cho Lam, Nicholas Tse, and Johnny Ng.

In his previous interview, Jackie stated he hopes to open more doors for Hong Kong filmmakers to have less restrictive policies when making movies in China, stating that there should be no distinction between a Hong Kong movie and its mainland counterpart.

(Photo Source: Mingpao)