The end of an era? It can’t be! For as long as I can remember, Jackie Chan has been an action star. One of my first R-rated action experiences was his old film Rumble in the Bronx, still one of my favorites. Chan recently appeared at the Cannes Film Festival to do some promotion for his new film, and apparently revealed he’s retiring from action movies – or maybe just “big action movies”, but we’re not entirely sure.
The first set of quotes comes from The Telegraph, who has Jackie Chan saying:
This is my last action film. I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now.
Telegraph goes on to quote Jackie Chan further from his press event, talking about his work on the $37 million film Chinese Zodiac, saying
For the last 10 years I have been making some other different movies. I want to be an Asian Robert De Niro. I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image.
One of his recent stronger films was Shinjuku Incident, which I caught in theaters, and he was very good in it. He adds:
I want the audience to know I’m not only a comedian. I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.
Chinese Zodiac is Chan’s 100th film, which means it’s (unfortunately) the perfect time in his career to announce news this drastic.
But he’s not retiring from action. And in fact, there’s a new trailer for Chinese Zodiac (see it below) that includes some slightly different quotes from Chan. They have him saying:
I’ve been fighting and doing action films all my life, you’ve got to find a point to stop. With this movie I’m the director, I’m the writer, I’m the producer. So okay, I think it’s a good time to announce that it’s my last big action movie.
I would still do action movies but not a big one like this.
They don’t have a source on their quotes, but it makes me wonder which of these are the real truth – will he still do smaller action films? I hope so.
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I’m a Jackie Chan fan, and the news that he’s retiring from action kind of makes me sad. I know he can’t keep putting his body through the paces forever, but it’s still rather depressing that we won’t have anymore Jackie Chan actioners to look forward to. Insert a hefty audible sigh here.
However, the legendary stuntman’s final endeavor ‘Chinese Zodiac‘ looks incredible. If this is his final adventure, at least he’s going out with guns blazing.
Chinese Zodiac, a big Chinese production currently filming, is being directed by Jackie Chan. The project was first announced years ago and is rumored to have a major fight scene that cost 70 million yuan, or more than $10M, to shoot. The plot involves a man searching the world for a set of mystic artifacts – 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.
Sounds like fun, but if this is all true, it will indeed be Chan’s last “big action” movie and the end of an era.
Better hope this turns out awesome, then again there’s another 99 films in his filmography that have already made him a legend.
Hopefully we’ll get a day-and-date release here in the States. When you’ve prepared your brain for the ensuing awesomeness, all you have to do is press play.
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Title (Chinese): 十二生肖
Genre: Action, Adventure
Directors: Jackie Chan
Writer: Jackie Chan
Distributor: Emperor Motion Pictures
Release date: December 20th, 2012
Official Site: http://hbpictures.ayomovie.com/12shengxiao/
Cast: Jackie Chan, Kwon Sang-woo, Laura Weissbecker, Yao Xing Tong, Liao Fan, Zhang Lan Xin, Cary Woodworth, Vincent Sze as Michael, Oliver Platt, Pierre Bourdaud, Ken Lo, Caitlin Dechelle, Kenny G, Zheng Wei, Bo-Yee Poon, Steve Yoo Seung Jun
Synopsis of Chinese Zodiac:
A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts – 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.
Chinese Zodiac Trailer Download in HD 720p, 1080p mp4 here: