Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
Documentarian Mabel Cheung traces the seemingly improbable but true tale of international movie superstar Jackie Chan's realization that the truth about his family's history is much different than he was led to believe. As Chan's mother's health deteriorated, his father decided that the younger Chan should know the truth about his family before either or both of the elder Chans passed away. In actuality, Chan was Jackie's mother's family name and not that of his father's family, which his father fearfully changed from Fong after the advent of China's Cultural Revolution. Additionally, Jackie was not an only child, as his parents each had two children -- all of whom have long since become estranged from their respective parents -- in each of their previous marriages. Traces of a Dragon premiered in 2002 and was screened in the Panorama program of the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.