What Hit Hong Kong's Film Industry?

A stale formula, bored fans, and a dried-up cash stream are delivering body blows to yesterday's dynamo

It's been a demanding morning for Jackie Chan. The Hong Kong superstar has just finished filming a fight scene for Rush Hour, a $45 million film that will be his first starring role in Hollywood. As Chan walks into his cramped trailer outside a warehouse in Glendale, Calif., his tuxedo trousers covered with dirt, the 41-year-old star seems a bit lost, far from the familiar bustle of Hong Kong. Chan is the first to admit that California isn't ideal for him. "I really didn't want to come here," he concedes. "Back home, I have 120 people working for me. I control what goes into the film. That's what I like."

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