Chinese martial-arts superstar Jet Li's charity fund, the One Foundation, now has another megastar on board.
The official website for the One Foundation said on Tuesday that Jackie Chan has warmly accepted Jet Li's invitation to take on the position as honorary director-general for two years.
Jet Li made an official announcement on Thursday at a press conference promoting the Chinese-American kung fu movie The Forbidden Kingdom, which features both stars.
The Forbidden Kingdom is the first film collaboration between the two most well-known Chinese martial-arts actors, and Jet Li was quoted as saying it also created an opportunity for them to build their charity contributions together.
Jet Li and Jackie Chan have been exchanging charity work experiences while shooting the film.
In April, Jet Li worked with the Red Cross Society of China to set up the One Foundation, with the idea of encouraging each person to donate one yuan (US$0.13) per month.
Previous reports say big-names including Jay Chou, Andy Lau, and Peter Chan have contributed their part to the fund.
On the other hand, Jackie Chan founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988 to help young people receive better medical services and aid disaster-stricken victims. In 2006, the actor announced he would donate half of his assets to the foundation when he dies.
It's believed the two joining hands will result in more donations for the One Foundation.
Film crew promote The Forbidden Kingdom at a press conference held today in Hengdian, Zhejiang Province. The film, featuring two most famous Kung fu stars Jet Li and Jackie Chan, will be directed by Lion King director Rob Minkoff.
Jackie Chan and actress Liu Yifei, who will play a role in The Forbidden Kingdom
Jet Li hugs Jackie Chan at the press conference held today in Hengdian, Zhejiang Province.
Actress Li Bingbing who will play a role in The Forbidden Kingdom
(CRI.cn June 14, 2007)