Chan headlines Hong Kong benefit for Japan

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 10:51 AM IST

London: Action star Jackie Chan headlined a charity concert and telethon to raise funds for the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The `Rush Hour` star was joined by Andy Lau, actor Donnie Yen and other Asian performers for the three-hour benefit in Hong Kong`s Victoria Park on Friday, reported a website.

The 56-year-old actor and filmmaker opened the show by calling for a moment of silence to honour the thousands who lost their lives in the March 11 tragedy.

Chan then led the performers in a rendition of peace anthem `Succumb Not to Sorrow`, based on a poem by Kenji Miyazawa.

Soul star Lionel Richie also made an appearance via a video recording, offering a rendition of his hit `Say You, Say Me` from a stage in Australia, where he is on tour.

"We believe you can survive this and you will get stronger," he said.

Chan made a rare singing performance, belting out the tune `Believe in Yourself`.

Proceeds from Friday`s concert will benefit the Salvation Army.

PTI