'Movies are more important than meeting family', says Jackie Chan, while promoting Dragon Blade

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee, who was sentenced to six months in jail for a drug offence by a China court, is expected to be released soon.

But there will not be a family reunion at Chinese New Year, including with his wife, former actress Lin Feng-jiao.

Chan, who is currently promoting his new movie Dragon Blade, will be travelling around in China. He says: "Movies are more important than meeting up with family. Once the movie is over, it's gone. But after it's all over, I'll see him sooner or later."

In Singapore for Dragon Blade events, he adds that he has nothing more to say to Jaycee upon his release

"I won't say anything to him. I believe he has reflected on what he's done and will face his life positively from now on. He has gotten the punishment he deserved and I don't want to hurt him again."

Still, he acknowledges that 2015 is a good year for him because the "xiao wang ba dan" (little b******) will be released from jail.

Prior to Jaycee's jail term, father and son had been working together on Chan's album.

"Seven songs were recorded in 2013, so the album was stuck there when he went in. So I want him to complete the remaining five songs as soon as possible when he gets out," says Chan.

The East-meets-West period action movie Dragon Blade boasts an international cast of stars from Asia and Hollywood. But there is no question who the "big brother" holding court is.

At the press conference on Tuesday, which also saw the attendance of American actors John Cusack and Adrien Brody, Korean hunk Choi Si Won from boyband Super Junior and China actress Lin Peng, it was clear that Chan was the boss.

When media crowds the front of the stage to take pictures at the beginning, he says: "Hello everyone, let's take a seat, okay? We're not leaving. Thank you, now, much much better."

Cusack and Brody profess to be fans of the veteran action star.

They had watched the old Golden Harvest movies and practised the moves of Chan and Bruce Lee.

Brody, 41, says: "I've been a fan of Jackie's my whole life."

To which Cusack, 48, adds: "If you can work with Jackie, that's the peak. I started doing martial arts when I was 21, it's like I worked my whole life to get to this point."

Dragon Blade opens here on Feb 19.

bchan@sph.com.sg