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Chinese Zodiac (2012) More at IMDbPro »Sap ji sang ciu (original title)

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A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts - 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Nathan Boyd ... Auction Executor

Jackie Chan ... Asian Hawk
Terry Hackett ... Auction Executor
Sang-woo Kwon ... Simon (as Kwone Sang Woo)
John Paisley ... Sir Charlton
Cui Haobo ... Chinese Ambassador
Fan Liao ... David
Xingtong Yao ... Coco
Lanxin Zhang ... Bonnie
Qingxiang Wang ... Professor Guan

Laura Weissbecker ... Catherine de Sichel
Vincent Sze ... Michael Morgan

David Torok ... Michael's Bodyguard
Pierre-Benoist Varoclier ... Leon - Coco's Boyfriend

Max Huang ... Michael's Bodyguard

Alaa Safi ... Vulture

Oliver Platt ... Lawrence Morgan
Jonathan Lee ... Jonathan
Tony Vingerhoets ... Lawrence's Assistant
Bo-Yee Poon ... Lawrence's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosario Amedeo ... Pierre

Christian Bachini ... (rumored)
Alexandre Bailly ... Pierre's Bodyguard

Rani Bheemuck ... Indian Reporter

Myriam Blanckaert ... French maid
Pierre Bourdaud ... Pirate
Marc Canonizado ... Marc

Stephen Chang ... Asian
Bo-lin Chen ... Wu Qing

Paul Philip Clark ... Pierre's Bodyguard (as Paul Clark)
Igor Darbo ... French Police Officer
Andrew Dasz ... Spanish Reporter
Steven Dasz ... Camera Operator

Caitlin Dechelle ... Katie
Jennifer Eden ... News Anchor
Keoni Everington ... Auctioneer
Jean-Marie Fonbonne ... Marceau
Stephane Girondeaud ... Security Guard of French Domain

Emilie Guillot ... French Reporter
Leon Hill ... Talkshow Host
Jill Kelsey ... Reporter
Karim Krida ... Pierre's Bodyguard
Emmanuel Lanzi ... Pierre's Bodyguard
Ken Lo ... Pirate Chief
Andreas Nguyen ... Factory Guard

Tomer Oz ... Pirate
Olivier Sa ... Pierre's Bodyguard

Qi Shu ... David's Wife
Kazu Patrick Tang ... Pirate

Cary Woodworth ... Jonathan

Daniel Wu ... Hospital Doctor
Sung-jun Yoo
Feng-Jiao Lin ... Sister (uncredited)

David Serero ... Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jackie Chan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frankie Chan 
Jackie Chan 
Edward Tang 
Stanley Tong 

Produced by
Jackie Chan .... executive producer
Jackie Chan .... producer
Esmond Ren .... producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... associate executive producer (as Ren Zhonglen)
Barbie Tung .... producer
Tianyan Wang .... associate producer
Zhongjun Wang .... executive producer (as Wang Zhongjun)
Zhonglei Wang .... producer
Hongliang Wu .... associate executive producer
Albert Yeung .... producer
Dajun Zhang .... producer
Brett Ratner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Stanley Tong .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gary Chase (original music by)
Nathan Wang 
Cinematography by
Jackie Chan 
Man-Ching Ng (director of photography)
Ben Nott (director of photography)
Horace Wong (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Chi Wai Yau 
Art Direction by
Jackie Chan 
Makeup Department
Jin Xiao .... special effects makeup supervisor
Production Management
Ivo Ceplevics .... production supervisor: Latvia
Jackie Chan .... unit production manager
Debbie Lam .... production manager
Christie Lee .... associate production manager
Jason Pomerantz .... production manager (IMAX Version)
Gilles Reignier .... assistant unit manager
Xavier Vincens .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bradley James Allan .... second unit director
Frankie Chan .... assistant director
Joe Chan .... second assistant director
Lemon Liu .... first assistant director
Marjorie Marramaque .... fist assistant director: France
Florian Thomas .... second assistant director: France
Art Department
Benjamin Bouygues-Faugeron .... props
Jackie Chan .... props
Rock Kyung Ee .... motion graphics lead
Sound Department
Yong Zhang .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Bruce Law .... special effects coordinator
Yee Man Law .... assistant special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Hong Joo An .... set up artist: digital idea
Young Ju An .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Ju Young Ban .... matte painting
Joe Chan .... 3D conversion supervisor
Max Chan .... visual effects supervisor
Hye Ryung Cho .... compositor
Ga Young Choi .... visual effects coordinator
Hyo Seon Choi .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Jang Ho Choi .... compositor
Min Hyuk Choi .... digital effects: digital idea
Sarang Choi .... compositor
Sun Jin Choi .... matte painting
Young Choi .... visual effects producer
Jin Ah Chu .... compositor
Tae Gyu Do .... animator: digital idea
Hyo Jeong Ha .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Chang Min Han .... lighting lead: digital idea
Young-woo Han .... visual effects supervisor
Seo Yeon Heo .... compositor
Dong Jin Jang .... lighting: digital idea
Hae Jin Jang .... matte painting
Hyeon Jin Jang .... concept artist
Seo Hyeon Jang .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Yun Young Jang .... modeling: digital idea
Hyo Mi Jeon .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Seung Ryong Jeon .... compositor
Young Jin Jeon .... modeler
Eun Ji Jeun .... compositor
Seng Won Jeung .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Yo Han Joo .... animator: digital idea
Ah Ram Jung .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Chul Ho Jung .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Chul Hwang Jung .... lighting lead: digital idea
Doo Sup Jung .... set up artist: digital idea
Hee Don Jung .... marketing coordinator: digital idea
Hyung Jin Jung .... modeler
Kiyoung Jung .... pipeline technical director
Ko Eun Koni Jung .... visual effects production manager
Pang Soo Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Sang Hyun Jung .... compositor
Sung Woo Jung .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Young Kyo Jung .... matte painting
Han Na Kang .... visual effects coordinator
Kyung Koo Kang .... compositor
Chi Hun Kim .... animator: digital idea
Eu Ji Kim .... digital effects: digital idea
Eui Yeob Kim .... modeling: digital idea
Eun Seo Kim .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Han Joon Kim .... compositor
Han Woong Kim .... compositing td
Hyeok Kim .... previs lead
Hyo Jin Kim .... matte painting
Jeong Min Kim .... compositor
Ji Hee Kim .... compositor
Joon Hyung Kim .... visual effects supervisor
Kyung Cheol Kim .... concept artist
Mi Rang Kim .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Rae Seok Kim .... visual effects coordinator
Seoung Hun Kim .... rigging td
So Min Kim .... compositor
Su Jong Kim .... modeler
Suk Joong Kim .... compositor
Sung Hun Kim .... concept artist
Sunghwan Kim .... compositor
Jae Gon Ko .... systems manager: digital idea
Su Ah Kook .... compositor
Byung Ju Lee .... animator: digital idea
Dong Gun Lee .... matte painting
Jeanny Lee .... visual effects producer
Jin Ah Lee .... compositor
Jin Hee Lee .... modeling: digital idea
Ka Kyoung Lee .... compositor
Min Won Lee .... lighting: digital idea
Moo Hyung Lee .... compositor
Sang Hun Lee .... compositor
Sang Jin Lee .... lighting technical director: digital idea
Sang Woo Lee .... visual effects production manager
Seung Je Lee .... compositor
So Young Lee .... compositor
Soo Kyung Lee .... training coordinator: digital idea
Sun-young Lee .... matte painting
Yong Sub Lee .... compositor
Young Shin Lee .... digital effects: digital idea
Yu Lei .... compositor
Eun Jee Lim .... compositor
Joo Young Lim .... system engineer: digital idea
Jung Sic Moon .... matte painting lead
Seung Joo Moon .... compositor
Il Hwan Na .... matte painting supervisor
Tack Kyun Nam .... compositor
Ah Reum Noh .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Hyun Suk Oh .... compositor
Jue Whan Oh .... digital effects lead: digital idea
Seon Mi Oh .... set up artist: digital idea
Kim Hyang Ok .... compositor
Hee Young Park .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Jae Ho Park .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Jay Park .... visual effects coordinator
Jeong Hyeon Park .... digital effects: digital idea
Ji Hye Park .... compositor
Jun Ho Park .... concept artist
Ki Do Park .... modeling lead
Min Sun Park .... compositor
Myung Sung Park .... compositor
Sang Hee Park .... matchmove artist: digital idea
Sang Hwan Park .... compositor
Sang Seo Park .... modeling: digital idea
Song Yi Park .... compositing lead
Sung Jin Park .... matte painting
Yong Han Seo .... concept artist
Jun Ho Shin .... digital effects: digital idea
Min Jung Shin .... compositor
Hyun Il Son .... visual effects coordinator
Hyung Log Son .... compositor
Young Nam Son .... animator: digital idea
Ji Hwan Uhm .... modeler
Jun Ho Um .... compositor
Unn Sun Um .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Jae Yeon Won .... compositing lead
Momo Yang .... layout supervisor
Momo Yang .... matchmove supervisor
Si Eun Yang .... compositing lead
Do Sun Yeom .... animator: digital idea
Eun Jung Yeum .... digital effects: digital idea
Chun Ho Yoo .... financial manager: digital idea
Sung Sik Yoo .... compositor
Ji Eun Yoon .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Woo Hyun Yoon .... compositor
Sang-il Yu .... matte painting lead
So Hee Yun .... lighting digital artist: digital idea
Dhas Karthick .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Yung Lee .... pre-visual effects (uncredited)
Andrea Berchtold .... stunt rigger
Pierre Bourdaud .... stunt performer
Djamel Bride .... stunt rigger
Alexandre Cauderlier .... assistant stunt rigger
Kevin Cauderlier .... assistant stunt rigger
Jackie Chan .... stunt choreographer
Jackie Chan .... stunt double
Paul Philip Clark .... stunt performer
Rhye Copeman .... stunts
Robert Gilabert Cuenca .... stunts
Yan Dron .... stunt rigger coordinator
Vincent Haquin .... stunt rigger
Jun He .... stunt choreographer
Han Guan Hua .... assistant stunt choreographer (as Han Guanhua)
Max Huang .... stunts
Zhang Jinshuang .... stunts
Choi Seong Kyum .... stunts
Bruce Law .... car stunt coordinator
Yee Man Law .... assistant car stunt coordinator
Charles Lecoq .... stunt rigger
In Seob Lee .... stunt double
Alan Ng .... stunts
Andreas Nguyen .... stunts
Tomer Oz .... stunt pirate
Joe Perez .... stunt rigger
Liu Ruoxian .... stunts
Olivier Sa .... stunt performer
Iy Shijia .... stunts
Kai Song .... stunts
Ke Wang .... stunts
Gang Wu .... assistant stunt choreographer
Wu Xingyu .... stunts
Bradley James Allan .... action coordinator (uncredited)
Marc Canonizado .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Caitlin Dechelle .... stunt actress (uncredited)
Jun He .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Lo .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Anfossi .... second assistant camera
Jason Binnie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera second unit
Jackie Chan .... lighting
Alexandre Chapelard .... key grip
François Gallou .... electrician
Andris Gilucs .... lighting technician
Marine Goujet .... assistant camera
Anthony Levi Kho .... still photographer
David Kremer .... gaffer
Raymond Lam .... camera & steadicam operator
Benjamin Lemonnyer .... electrician
Stella Libert .... first assistant camera
Emilien Moreau .... grip
Brice Pillot .... grip
Jansons Reinis .... lighting technician
Romain Riché .... grip
Rokas Rudzionis .... gf 9 crane operator
Paul Seipel .... second assistant camera: "a" camera second unit
Matt Slattery .... gaffer: second unit
Eduards Stefanovics .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Laetitia Gaune .... casting
Editorial Department
Stéphane Ma .... assistant colorist (as Stephane Ma)
Music Department
Hu Botao .... musician: electric guitar
Jackie Chan .... music scored by
Jackie Chan .... theme song: sung by
Roc Chen .... additional music by
Allan Lau .... composer: additional music
Allan Lau .... orchestrator
Xiaobo Liu .... song recording
Kenji Nakai .... music recording engineer
Milton Nelson .... orchestrator
Yao Jian Rong .... musician: soprano
Knox Summerour .... music preparation
Knox Summerour .... trumpet
Johs Wu .... music score consultant (uncredited)
Other crew
Alex Benamar .... location manager
Maile Cannon .... dialogue coach
Jackie Chan .... catering coordinator
Jackie Chan .... set production assistant
Joe Chan .... post-production assistant director
Andrew Dasz .... translation
Ben Nott .... cimematographer: second unit

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sap ji sang ciu" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Armour of God III" - USA (informal title)
"CZ12" - USA (short title)
"Rising Dragon" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Rated PG-13 for martial arts action, some violent content and brief nudity.
103 min | USA:109 min | China:123 min (Original Version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

'Jackie Chan' filmed a four minute stunt sequence for the film on Mt. Yasur, the volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu.See more »
Continuity: When Jackie Chan finally gets rid of the dogs and parachutes himself out of the maze, two dogs are seen following him and the scene just before that had shown Chan ending up at a dead end.See more »
Movie Connections:
Opening: the Beauty and Destruction of the Summer PalaceSee more »


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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't reach the level of Jackie Chan's earlier gems., 23 January 2013
Author: bobbysing from India

In the past 3 decades Jackie Chan has successfully developed and maintained his own kind of genre full of unbelievable action, acrobatic fights, thrilling moments, unlimited fun and decent humour entertaining all age groups ranging from the innocent kids to the intelligent old. His latest offering is also made on the similar format showcasing all the essential ingredients of a Jackie Chan film but still cannot be rated at par with his earlier classics since its not that exciting as it may seem from its short synopsis.

This time the heist specialist or treasure hunter Chan takes up an assignment to deliver the 12 bronze heads of the Chinese Zodiac, stolen from Chinese dynasty's Summer Palace centuries ago. The location of few of those heads is known but the rest need to be discovered and brought back. Chan and his crew are hired to find these 12 bronze heads and the film is all about their adventurous expedition to complete the collection.

It begins with a novel, exciting & well shot sequence where Chan is escaping from a mansion after completing his ongoing mission. It sets the mood right and you are all game for watching something very exciting and exceptional coming up in the next reels. But unfortunately, despite having some great action sequences, CZ12 doesn't turn out to be that entertaining as expected. The fun and humor element is not the same as found in Chan's other movies and the characters are very weak, foolish and forced which are not able to impress at all. Particularly the bunch of pirates and the girls are simply there to act as few silly characters in the film and nothing more.

A major negative feature of the film is the use of French and other foreign languages in it for a considerable period of time without any English subtitles on the screen, which forces you to keep watching it helplessly like a fool. After few initial good moments the screenplay becomes directionless and only aims at the thrilling actions sequences thrown in to keep the pace going. The camera-work is truly superb as usual and the background score successfully manages to excite you in all those well conceived brave scenes, especially the ones involving the sky diving and volcano sequences.

So if you are a die-hard Jackie Chan fan from decades, then this film will surely remind you of his gems such as ARMOUR OF GOD (1986) and more. But at the same time, will not give you a similar experience in the theater watching the miracle man. Yet, CZ12 might impress many young viewers not familiar with the amazing living legend called Jackie Chan. And at the age of 58 (with more than 100 films), I can't even imagine any other person in the entire globe performing such risky and unbelievable stunts all alone by himself like a rubber man.

To say it all, as a true fan of the maestro I loved watching CZ12 and its crazy sequences but as an exciting adventure project its not upto the mark if compared to Chan's earlier gems and could be a lot better (keeping in mind its interesting plot). The man is there in the entire film standing tall as always and if this is supposed to be his last major action project, then it surely deserves to be seen by all his fans as a must for this one reason alone.

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