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Famous martial artist, director, and actor Jackie Chan turned 60 this year! To honor this milestone, Hong Kong artist Red Hong Yi decided to immortalize him with a portrait made entirely of chopsticks. Chan, whose birthday was on Monday, really loved the art piece and plans to display it at an upcoming concert of his. He should really hang it atop his house for all the work that went into it!
As seen in the video, Red used 64,000 chopsticks collected over the course of a month to create this incredible piece of art. Red, who has appeared in TED talks and had her art showcased for the world, is a native to Malaysia and an artist who loves to “paint without a paintbrush”. In the past she has created works of art using sunflower seeds, flower petals, and even coffee stains. In addition to Chan with chopsticks, she’s also created Yao Ming in paint with a basketball and Mark Zuckerberg with pages from a book. The last two make sense but why chopsticks for Jackie Chan?
I finally decided on chopsticks - a symbol of the Chinese culture, Jackie has used chopsticks during his kung fu scenes in a few movies like the Fearless Hyena and Karate Kid. I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that disposable materials can be reused and made into something else more meaningful and beautiful.
The history of chopsticks dates back as far as 5,000 years in China but only to 1979 for Jackie Chan in movies. This scene may be relatively unknown to American film audiences, but it's in The Fearless Hyena and it remains a favorite to the Chinese audience…
The awesome fight choreography utilizing something as simple as chopsticks really highlights Chan’s greatness in film. What was that in his mouth at the end though? At first I thought it might have been a rock, but then it was all mushy so I think it was mud. I really hope it was mud. I digress, as there is a much more recent example in which Chan uses chopsticks in a well known remake!
Okay so Chan is far from the Pat Morita of chopsticks, but he’s had his moments. Speaking of which Karate Kid 2 has recently got its new director for those that care enough to watch a sequel.