Movie star Jackie Chan (Front) and students from the Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual Primary and Secondary School attend the opening ceremony of the 2017 Chinese Film Festival at the Urania National Film Theater in Budapest, Hungary, on April 23, 2017. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)
BUDAPEST, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The worldwide celebrity Jackie Chan, who was the guest star of the opening ceremony of the 2017 Chinese Film Festival here on Sunday, told reporters he would be considering making a film in Hungary.
"Hungary is a place where I have always wanted to come, the scenery here is really beautiful, and most importantly it is cheap, and that counts nowadays when making movies around the world becomes more and more expensive," the martial arts master said shortly before the beginning of the ceremony.
The 2017 Chinese Film Festival kicked off here Sunday with five movies, one of witch is Jackie Chan's latest production, Kung Fu Yoga.
"Hungary has a very good filming environment. Today, I arrived at five o'clock, but I immediately went to see the city's scenery: it is really very beautiful, and also very clean, the air and the weather are also very good, I consider making a film here," he added.
He also recalled that his film "Shanghai noon 2" was set to be shot in Hungary, but finally went to Prague, because of tax issues.
Chan is not only an actor, but also a well-known producer. According to him, he made close to 250 films.
He explained that he was thinking of retirement, when the U.S. market suddenly opened up to him, and later, "when the U.S. market shrank, the Chinese market started to grow, and is getting bigger and bigger," he explained.
"I do not know when to retire. I believe in work transformation, later, and then a few years later I will mainly act in feature films, art films, and less action films," he told Xinhua.