Now approaching his sixties, Martial-arts superstar Jackie Chan made an announcement last year that his days of performing death-defying stunts are officially over, instead he will focus on action movies that don't require him to be a human crash-test dummy (go figure). Well luckily, Chan had just finished the action-adventure flick "CZ12" (originally known as Chinese Zodiac) -- it's, essentially, a fitting swan song for his fans that have grown accustomed to watching him in an endless string of dangerous action sequences.
The adrenaline-pumping actioner, which was written, directed, produced and choreographed by Chan (and actually marks his 100th film), opened last December in Asia and is now getting ready to open in the States this month, October 18th.
In it, Chan reprises his treasure hunter character Asian Hawk, formerly seen in 1986's Armour of God and 1991's Operation Condor. Here, Hawk leads a team of international thieves who've been hired to seek out and nab several priceless artifacts that reflect the signs of the Chinese zodiac. And according to the film's U.S. trailer (above), the globe-trotting mission is no walk in the park, to say the least.
Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artifacts from the Old Summer Palace, the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals which were looted by foreigners in the 1800s. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk stops at nothing to accomplish the mission.
Chinese Zodiac stars Jackie Chan, Shu Qi, Daniel Wu, Oliver Platt, Laura Weissbecker, Alaa Safi, Caitlin Dechelle