Real-life hero: Jackie Chan stands up to triads in Hong Kong

20 May 2014 / 2 years 5 months ago

Although movies depict triad members as heroic figures who exhibit loyalty to their sworn brothers, the reality differs greatly.

Ruthless triad members have often targeted the Hong Kong film industry as a source of income.

As the film industry grew in the 1980s, triad leaders started investing in film production and even coerced stars to headline projects under duress.

“Big Brother” Jackie Chan is one of the few fearless artistes that stood up against the wrongful acts of triad activity during filming, reports Sina.

Despite Jackie’s acts of justice, his mother, Chan Lee Lee was previously linked to the triads. Due to a lack of money, she eventually left her two daughters from her first marriage, and fled for Shanghai.

In Shanghai, Lee Lee was reduced to selling opium for triads for a living. At that time, Jackie’s father Charles Chan was a customs officer, and was about to arrest Lee Lee after he saw her stash of opium.

After hearing about Lee Lee’s unfortunate circumstances and her two daughters, Charles sympathetically let her go. Afterwards, Lee Lee developed a bad gambling habit, which led her to pawn away her belongings in the end.

When Charles met up with her again and successfully bought back all her pawned items, Lee Lee gave up her habit. Perhaps influenced by his late father, Jackie often acted on behalf of his colleagues when they were threatened by triads.

In the 1990s, Jackie handed over $100 million HKD to settle a dispute between a female star and triads in Macau.

Jackie was the first one to call the police when producer Raymond Wong movie, All’s Well, Ends Well was stolen by the triads, who then demanded a ransom.

Then again in 2001, when the triads threatened the cast of Rush Hour 2,Jackie contacted the anti-crime unit to take legal action.

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