Born in 1954, Kwong-Sang Chan was signed up at the age of seven by his parents to the Peking Opera School in Hong Kong. While at the Opera School, Chan made over 20 film appearances but after the flop of John Woo's 'Hand of Death' in 1976, he quit the movie business and joined his parents in Australia, where he took English lessons and changed his name. When he came back to Hong Kong and his acting career, Jackie Chan began to take more control and kept a firm eye on the US market, though with limited success until the 1996 release of 'Rumble in the Bronx'. Now in a follow-up to 'Shanghai Noon', Chan pairs up again with Owen Wilson, this time in Victorian England.
Lenny Abrahamson, Susan McKay and Ger Philpott discuss 'Shanghai Knights'
On Stage: Shiver
The Rough Magic theatre company was founded in 1984, concentrating in the beginning on staging Irish premières by contemporary international writers. When they began to move into producing new plays from Irish writers, one of their first commissions was by founder member of the company Declan Hughes with his first play 'I Can't Get Started'. Since then, Hughes has written three more plays for the company. 'Shiver', which opened at Dublin's Project last Friday, is his latest. It's the story of three young would-be executives and a house-husband, all of them touching 40, reaching the point where they might still have a chance of making their lives everything they could wish for - or at least failing in one last attempt.
The Panel discusses 'Shiver'
The Show: Déjà Vu
Anne Seagrave is a multi-disciplinary artist who has been presenting work using live performance, video and sound throughout Ireland, Europe and the US for the past 18 years. She has also worked for the stage and radio. Her multi-media exhibition 'Déjà Vu' is currently running at the 5th Gallery at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.
The panel discusses Anne Seagrave's 'Déjà Vu'
The Book: Jarhead
In 1988, when he was 18, Anthony Swofford joined the US Marines, like his father, grandfather and older brother before him. He served in the US Marines during the Gulf War, reading Camus and Homer to stave off the boredom and the fear. When that particular conflict was over, he attended the University of California and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Swofford's first book, 'Jarhead', is described as 'a Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War'. But it is more than that - an account of the emotional relationships between young men who are trained to kill and afraid to die and a memoir of the childhood, which led Swofford to enlist as soon as he was old enough to sign up without parental permission.
The Panel discusses Anthony Swofford's 'Jarhead'
The Performance: Estel
The Things You're Missing tour, currently making its way around the country, involves some five bands who have come together to deliver everything you could possibly want from the independent music scene: electro-pop, punk, country, metal... On this week's programme, we're joined by one of the bands off the Things You're Missing bus, Estel. Together for the past four years, they've just put the finishing touches to their new album, due out in May.