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Action star Jackie Chan says Chinese people 'need to be controlled'

Action star Jackie Chan grew up in Hong Kong's freewheeling society, but he says too much freedom isn't good and he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled."

  • AP
  • Published: 13:01 April 18, 2009
  • Gulf News

Boao: Action star Jackie Chan grew up in Hong Kong's freewheeling society, but he says too much freedom isn't good and he's starting to think "we Chinese need to be controlled."

Chan's comments drew applause from an audience of business leaders on China's southern island province of Hainan.

The 55-year-old Hong Kong actor was participating in a panel at the annual Boao Forum on Saturday when he was asked to discuss censorship and restrictions on filmmakers in China. He expanded his comments to include society in general.

"I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not," Chan said. "I'm really confused now. If you're too free, you're like the way Hong Kong is now. It's very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic."

Chan added: "I'm gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we're not being controlled, we'll just do what we want."

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