Chinese Zodiac is a new kung fu action film starring Jackie Chan. It marks his 100th film, and he plays a man searching for the 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese Zodiac. Clearly, this is an origin story for the Zodiac killer.
There aren’t a ton of details on the plot, except that Chan’s name will be ASIAN HAWK. How cool is that? I want to be a treasure hunter named Asian Hawk.
Does anyone else want to see Asian Hawk team up with Indiana Jones? I know I do.
Also interesting is that Chan is nearly 60 years old, and he’s going to start doing less action films that beat up his body. Probably a good move, though Drunken Master was pretty sweet.
Asian Hawk is not a new character though, as Chan played him before in 1986 and 1991 in Armour of God and Operation Condor. I’m not familiar with all of Chan’s 100 films, but those two are earlier in his career so they’re probably awesome as hell.
Chinese Zodiac is Chan’s film through and through. He wrote it, directed it, produced it and stars in it. So he probably thinks it’ll be a smash.
Chinese Zodiac Trailer
Chinese Zodiac Release Date
Chinese Zodiac was already released in Asia last December, but it’ll be in the states October 18, 2013.
Who’s In It?
Jackie Chan… Asian Hawk
Qi Shu… David’s Wife
Oliver Platt… Lawrence Morgan
Daniel Wu… Hospital Doctor
What’s Good About It?
Holy crap. This has Oliver Platt in it? AWESOME! Platt is the MAN.
Also, I’m a fan of Chan’s particular sense of humor and style. His films may not be the badass flicks they once were, but they’re solid, and he’s always doing a good job. No doubt Chinese Zodiac will be very kid-friendly, and make a decent, though likely not monumental, amount of money.
What’s Bad About It?
Chan is getting old, and in the last ten to fifteen years that’s really started to show. He can’t do the stunt work he once could.
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t think Chinese Zodiac will be a massive hit, but the film should be at least halfway decent, and I bet the Asian box office was pretty good, so it’ll probably do pretty well when you consider that.