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Report: Cinematographer killed on set of Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’

Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan poses during a promotional event for his film "Chinese Zodiac" in Beverly Hills, California October 16, 2013. Hong Kong martial arts film star Chan, 59, who declared last year at France's Cannes film festival that he was retiring from action films, now says that after more than a decade of contemplating quitting, he is going to let his body decide. As Chan starts to enter his twilight years he laments how Hollywood typecasting may force him to begin using a stunt double for his acrobatic scenes as he believes Hollywood studios would never cast him in dramatic roles. Picture taken October 16, 2013. To match story PEOPLE-JACKIECHAN/      REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE HEADSHOT) - RTX14FYI

Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan poses during a promotional event for his film "Chinese Zodiac" in Beverly Hills, California October 16, 2013. Hong Kong martial arts film star Chan, 59, who declared last year at France's Cannes film festival that he was retiring from action films, now says that after more than a decade of contemplating quitting, he is going to let his body decide. As Chan starts to enter his twilight years he laments how Hollywood typecasting may force him to begin using a stunt double for his acrobatic scenes as he believes Hollywood studios would never cast him in dramatic roles. Picture taken October 16, 2013. To match story PEOPLE-JACKIECHAN/ REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE HEADSHOT) - RTX14FYI

A cinematographer was killed on Wednesday in Hong Kong during the filming of Jackie Chan-starring film “Skiptrace,” according to Variety

Chan Kwok-hung is understood to have drowned in an accident that occurred when a boat he was on capsized off Lantau Island. According to the South China Morning Post, it is understood to have happened around 3 a.m. local time.

Seven other film crew were on board, but they managed to swim the 30 meters to shore. Neither Jackie Chan nor co-star Fan Bingbing are believed to have been on board at the time.

“Skiptrace” is the story of a Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) and a fast-talking American gambler (Johnny Knoxville) on a massive chase across China on the trail of a gangster who has kidnapped the cop’s niece (Fan). Direction is by Renny Harlin (“Die Hard 2,” “Cliffhanger”).

The film, believed to be one of the most expensive ever produced in China, is produced and financed by Talent International Film Company and Dasym Media (formerly Cyrte Investments). Co-financier, Shanghai New Media Culture owns all rights outside China and is selling off U.S. rights. Alex Walton’s Bloom is handling international sales on SNC’s behalf.

Chan Kwok-hung had more than 20 years of experience and had shot films for Stephen Chow and Jingle Ma. Police are looking into the incident, while local industry associations are raising funds for Chan’s family.

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