Summary: Informative and fun
Comment: This book is not so much about Jackie Chan's life, but his life in films. This book is delightful in it's details. Jackie Chan has managed to make a name for himself and kick his way out from under the shadow of Bruce Lee and this book plots his path. There are great behind the scenes facts, anecdotes from Jackie, and informative facts about all of Chan's films. This is a great book for someone looking to dive into Jackie Chan's filmography.
Summary: Fun, Exciting and Delightful Intro to Jackie's life!
Comment: Dying For Action is a delightful introduction to Jackie's life and movies. Like Jackie, Renee Witterstaetter's book is fun-loving, funny, and at times, a heartwarming look at Jackie's life and growing popularity around the world over the years. The detailed section on every one of Jackie's movies, along with the Renee's well formed thoughts and opinions, is an excellent introduction to each film. One which will easily enable fans to determine which movies to watch fist, before going back to watch them all. Aimed at the potential and new fan market, "Dying For Action" more than adequately fulfills its purpose! Highly recommended, especially to those with little or no real knowledge of Jackie Chan's life, career and movies from across the years! I loved it, and I am sure that so too will most of you as well! Congratulations Renee, for a beautiful tribute to the life and times of our greatest hero, Jackie Chan!
Summary: Better than a blank wall
Comment: This is a good, quick-and-dirty reference to the works of Jackie Chan with some interesting facts and trivia, but there's very little information on his life and training before the movies, which was what I was hoping to get from a book titled "The Life and Films of Jackie Chan." The information is completely lifted from other publications (interviews, fan newsletters, etc.) and it appears that the author did no further interviewing or research for the book. It reads like a term-paper on Jackie Chan, rather than a textbook.