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Chinese Zodiac (2012)

Sap ji sang ciu (original title)
A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts. The twelve bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.

Director:

Jackie Chan
7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jackie Chan ... Asian Hawk
Oliver Platt ... Lawrence Morgan
Qi Shu ... David's Wife
Max Huang ... Michael's Bodyguard
Daniel Wu ... Hospital Doctor
Wen Jiang ... Narrator (voice)
Caitlin Dechelle ... Katie
Alaa Safi ... Vulture
Xingtong Yao Xingtong Yao ... Coco
Stephen Chang ... Asian
Sang-Woo Kwon ... Simon (as Kwone Sang Woo)
Alexandre Bailly Alexandre Bailly ... Pierre's Bodyguard
Peng Lin ... Reporter (as Lin Peng)
Andreas Nguyen Andreas Nguyen ... Factory Guard
Ken Lo ... Pirate Chief (as Kenneth Low)
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Storyline

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 was looted by foreigners in the 1800s. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk stops at nothing to accomplish the mission. Written by Immanuel Ambhara

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Twelve heads. Five continents. One man.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts action, some violent content and brief nudity. | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jean-Yves Blondeau, the inventor of the skate suit, trained Chan to use the suit for the body blading sequence. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lawrence Morgan: It's one million euros each, and if he gets us the dragon as well, I'll add another zero.
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Alternate Versions

The International Version featuring an English dub is shortened to 1h 49 min, has several streamlining and reshuffling of scenes, lacks the "lost in translation" part for obvious reasons as well as features an entirely different end credit with Jackie Chan outtakes from previous movies. See more »


Soundtracks

Opening: the Beauty and Destruction of the Summer Palace
Music Composed and produced by Roc Chen
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Jackie Chan Gives His All in His Final Action Movie!
3 February 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

This was the first solo Jackie Chan movie that I have seen for a long while. In "Forbidden Kingdom," he shared the star billing with Jet Li. In "Karate Kid", he even played a supporting role for Jaden Smith! Now comes word that this film "Chinese Zodiac" will already be the last action film of the iconic martial arts star. If that statement alone will not convince his fans to catch it, then I do not know what will.

I think a lot of people shared that idea, even my kids who have only seen him before in "Karate Kid". Today is the first weekend that it is showing in local theaters. We watched this in a movie theater in Chinatown, and that 3pm showing was totally SOLD OUT. It had been quite some time that I have been in a completely full theater in a showing that is not a premiere. It is truly impressive that the audience was composed of fans of all ages.

"Chinese Zodiac" recounts the exploits of a mercenary of historic relics, JC (Jackie Chan), who is searching for the twelve bronze heads of Chinese Zodiac animals which had been looted from the Summer Palace. JC leads a team who works with him, "Mission Impossible" style.

He shares his adventure as well with two plucky ladies: Katherine (a French heiress who would like to him to find her great-grandfather ship which was lost at sea), and a Chinese activist Coco (who is part of a crusade to have Western powers to return cultural treasures back to the countries from whom these were stolen during colonial times).

As with all Jackie Chan movies in the past, the main reason people go to watch it is not really the story, but Jackie's unique brand of comedy- action. This film certainly does not disappoint. It is two hours worth of exciting stunts which only Jackie can deliver. The movie opened with a long sequence wherein he was sailing down a mountain road using a body suit with roller blades all over it. The last scenes involved skydiving in order to recover the last animal head before it plummets into a volcano! There were still so many action scenes in between -- involving dogs in a maze, pirates on an island, a rival mercenary on a sofa, henchmen with photography equipment -- all as exhilarating as they were also funny.

Yes, Jackie Chan's age may be showing (he is 58 now), but he definitely still has IT! The outtakes shown over the end credits show that he was still the one doing all those dangerous stunts and demanding physical comedy routines himself. Though he was uncharacteristically playing a rogue character in this film, like all of his past movies, there are still lessons to be learned at the end, both personally as well as patriotically. Cheesy dialogs and corny acting, yes, but above all it is excellent entertainment, as can be evidenced by the enthusiastic audience response. Come on in and enjoy Jackie Chan's final show!


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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | French | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

18 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armour of God III See more »

Filming Locations:

Jelgava, Latvia See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,339,013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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