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CZ12 十二生肖

Jackie Chan’s spectacular new adventure takes him all the way from the chateaux and vineyards of France and the hidden dangers of a jungle on a South Seas island to the terrors of a fight in free-fall above an active volcano! The story is sprung on a quest to track down six bronze sculptures, originally part of a set of twelve representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The sculptures were looted from the Summer Palace in Beijing when the city was sacked by European armies in the 19th century, and there’s an international campaign in progress to demand the return of stolen cultural treasures to their countries of origin. But Jackie plays a soldier of fortune, not a high-minded patriot. He’s in it for the money. But as events take unexpected turns and strange alliances take shape, motives begin to change …

Globe-trotting soldier-of-fortune JC is hired by shady antiques dealers to track down six missing bronze animal-heads by any means necessary. The six bronzes originally formed part of a set of twelve, representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, forming part of a fountain in the old Summer Palace outside Beijing; they were looted and dispersed when Anglo-French armies sacked the Summer Palace in 1860. JC and his crack team of assistants first head to France, where two of the bronzes are believed to be held in a private collection. The operation to ‘liberate’ the bronzes from a heavily guarded Chateau brings JC into an uneasy alliance with Coco, a Chinese student in Paris, who is active in a global movement which campaigns for stolen cultural treasures to be returned to their homelands. Along the way, JC makes an enemy-for-life of Pierre, the chief of staff at the Chateau Marceau, and an unexpected friend of Katherine, a bankrupted aristocrat whose home contains another of the missing bronzes. The trail next leads JC and his team, now including Coco and Katherine, to a forgotten tropical island in the South Seas, where two missing animal heads are found in a beached wreck. A multi-national band of pirates moves to block the team’s getaway, but JC’s skill and resourcefulness wins the day. Back home, JC is stunned to learn that his employers already had the sixth missing bronze all along, and he sets out to teach them a lesson for tricking him. Meanwhile the protest movement has persuaded buyers to shun auctions of stolen national treasures, and the shady dealers are threatening to destroy the sixth bronze in public. Will JC’s conscience – and his sense of Chinese national pride – kick in to push him to save the last bronze from destruction? The answer is played out on the slopes of an active volcano …

Max Profit Corporation is a shady enterprise run by Lawrence and his hot-shot son Michael, trading in high-value antiques. Some journalists suspect that some of the antiques the company brings to auction are not 100% genuine, but Max Profit certainly lives up to its name. Recently it has sold two Qing Dynasty animal-head bronzes for record-breaking sums. The bronzes were once part of a set of twelve, representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, which formed a fountain in the Summer Palace just outside Beijing. All twelve bronze animal-heads were stolen in 1860, when Anglo-French armies invaded China and sacked the Summer Palace. Since then, some of the bronzes have found their way back to museums in China, but six remain untraced. Rolling in cash, Max Profit hires globe-trotting soldier-of-fortune JC to track down the missing six bronzes. The company promises to pay him a huge bonus if he finds all six.
JC has his own crack team to help him in his exploits: his loyal assistant Bonnie, who can run an office and hold her own in tense situations; Bonnie’s husband Simon, a quick thinker who is skilled in many styles of martial arts; and the tech boffin David, who can solve most IT problems in the blink of an eye.
Posing as a TV journalist, JC learns from Professor Kwan, the archaeologist supervising the restoration of the old Summer Palace, that two of the missing bronze animal heads are believed to be in France. The Professor has made replicas of the missing bronzes, and JC manages to steal the data from the professor’s workshop which enables David to make clones of two animal heads for their own use. Armed with the two clones, which he uses to get a re-export license, JC and his team head for France. The two originals of those heads are rumored to be locked away in a private collection in Chateau Marceau. Breaking into the Chateau and locating the secret room where a king’s ransom of stolen treasures is hidden proves a challenge which tests JC’s skills and resourcefulness to the limit. Along the way, JC forms an uneasy alliance with Professor Kwan’s protégé Coco, a Chinese girl studying in Paris, who is active in a world-wide campaign to restore looted cultural treasures to their countries of origin. In the Chateau, JC also finds a long-lost painting which is on his employers’ “wants list” and takes it – making an enemy-for-life of the Chateau’s chief of staff, Pierre.
A chance encounter with Katherine, a young French aristocrat whose family is bankrupt, leads JC to a third of the missing animal-head bronzes. It also triggers the team’s next exploit, a sea voyage to a tropical island in the South Seas in search of traces of Katherine’s ancestor, who took part in the looting of the Summer Palace. Both Katherine and Coco now join the expedition. The trail leads them to a beached sailing ship which contains two more missing bronzes – and a lot of other treasures besides. But it also brings them into conflict with a multi-national band of pirates and with a SWAT team assembled and led by Pierre. JC and his team need all their ingenuity to escape with the treasure … only to then lose much of it at sea during their voyage home.
Some time later, Coco turns up unexpectedly at JC’s headquarters. She tearfully explains that her brother Wu Qing and two other campaigners have disappeared while investigating Max Profit’s activities, and appeals to JC to help find and rescue them. JC’s initial response is cool, but the discovery that Max Profit already had the sixth missing bronze all along stings him into a revenge mission. Using the long-lost painting as bait, JC and Bonnie get themselves invited to the underground workshop where Max Profit manufactures fake antiques. JC succeeds in rescuing Coco’s brother and his colleagues, wrecking most the workshop in the process, but almost loses his life to a rival adventurer known as The Vulture, Max Profit’s new mercenary-for-hire.
The protest movement spearheaded by Coco and Wu Qing makes rapid progress. Buyers stop bidding at auctions of antiques which are seen as ‘stolen’ from their own countries. Max Profit twice tries to bring the final zodiac-head bronze – the dragon-head – to auction, but bidders sit on their hands. Lawrence and Michael decide to teach the market a lesson by publicly destroying the dragon-head bronze. The Vulture is told to drop the priceless treasure into the crater of an active volcano, in the full glare of international publicity. The act of mega-vandalism is going ahead when JC suddenly appears in the skies, swooping down in a glider-suit to fight The Vulture in mid-air for possession of the dragon-head…
There’s an unhappy ending for the Max Profit guys, arrested by Interpol for manufacturing fake antiques and manipulating the markets. There’s a happier ending for JC, despite the prospect of a long stay in hospital, and for the members of his team who get through some personal stresses and strains over a happy event in a nearby maternity ward. And there’s the happiest ending of all for Professor Kwan and Coco, who see the Chinese Zodiac fountain restored to its rightful glory in the Summer Palace.

Jackie CHAN: Director, Producer, Co-writer, Star
Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong on April 7, 1954. When his parents moved to Australia for work, Jackie stayed in Hong Kong as a boarder/student at the Chinese Drama Academy, where he trained for ten years in the stage arts of Peking Opera – including the acting, singing, acrobatics and martial arts which later helped him to become a global superstar.
When he left the Academy at the age of 17, Jackie found that his hard-won skills were very much in demand in the Hong Kong film industry, thanks to the sudden rise in popularity of martial arts movies. He quickly gained a reputation as a talented and fearless stunt performer, and worked on dozens of movies as a choreographer of and performer in action scenes. At the same time, his genial good-humor and penchant for slapstick gags began to win him featured acting roles, and he rocketed to stardom throughout East Asia in a series of martial arts comedies in the late 1970s. The obvious next step was to take greater control of the films himself, and he consolidated his local superstar status by directing and starring in such films as The Young Master and Dragon Lord. His fame as a star who performs all his own stunts – sometimes very reckless stunts – began to spread around the world.
Producers made several ham-fisted attempts to create English-language vehicles for Jackie in the 1980s, but their efforts were ironically trumped by the excellent films he was making in Hong Kong. Films like Project A, Police Story and Armor of God – all of which generated sequels – not only took East Asian audiences by storm but also won Jackie legions of fans from North America to Africa, from Europe to Australia, from Latin America to India. And it was one of Jackie’s Hong Kong productions – Rumble in the Bronx in 1995 – which finally broke through to mainstream success in North America, paving the way for his American hits Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon and their sequels.
Jackie’s international success has won him many honors, including the MBE, Les Insignes du Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and an honorary degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. In 2004, he founded the Dragon’s Heart Foundation, a charity which builds schools in remote and impoverished regions of China; more than twenty have been built to date. In 2008, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the Beijing Olympics; he co-ordinated two “Jackie Chan and Friends” concerts, one held in the Bird’s Nest Stadium, the other in Guangzhou Sports Stadium, to benefit various charities.
Nowadays Jackie divides his time between American projects with a Chinese connection (such as Rush Hour 3, The Karate Kid and Kung Fu Panda, on which he was a voice artist) and Chinese projects (such as The Spy Next Door and Little Big Soldier). He also executive-produces films for many other directors, and works as action choreographer on many of the films in which he appears. His latest globe-trotting adventure Chinese Zodiac (CZ12) brings him back to the director’s chair for the first time in more than a decade.
A full list of Jackie’s credits to date could fill this brochure several times over, and so what follows is merely a selection of highlights. For more details of Jackie’s career, please go to
1977: Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (actor)
1978: The Fearless Hyena (director/actor)
1978: Drunken Master (actor)
1980: The Young Master (director/actor)
1981: The Cannonball Run (actor)
1982: Dragon Lord (director/actor)
1983: Project A (director/actor)
1985: Heart of the Dragon (actor)
1986: Police Story (director/actor)
1986: Armor of God (director/actor)
1987: Project A II (director/actor)
1988: Police Story II (director/actor)
1989: Miracle (aka Mr Canton and Lady Rose) (director/actor)
1991: Operation Condor (director/actor)
1992: Twin Dragons (actor/action choreographer)
1992: Super Cop: Police Story 3 (producer/actor)
1993: Crime Story (producer/actor)
1994: Drunken Master II (producer/actor)
1995: Rumble in the Bronx (actor)
1996: First Strike: Police Story 4 (producer/actor)
1997: Burn, Hollywood, Burn: An Alan Smithee Film (cameo)
1998: Who Am I? (director/actor)
1998: Rush Hour (actor/action choreographer)
2000: Shanghai Noon (actor)
2001: The Accidental Spy (producer/actor)
2001: Rush Hour 2 (actor)
2002: Shanghai Knights (executive producer/actor/action choreographer)
2003: Around the World in 80 Days (executive producer/actor/
action choreographer)
2004: New Police Story (executive producer/actor/action choreographer)
2005: The Myth (executive producer/actor/action choreographer)
2006: Rob-B-Hood (executive producer/actor/action choreographer)
2007: Rush Hour 3 (actor/action choreographer)
2008: Kung Fu Panda (voice actor)
2009: The Founding of a Republic (special appearance)
2010: The Spy Next Door (actor)
2010: Little Big Soldier (actor)
2010: The Karate Kid (actor)
2011: 1911 (actor)
2012: Chinese Zodiac (CZ12) (director/producer/co-writer/actor/action choreographer)


Jackie CHAN plays JC
JC is a modern-day treasure hunter, an adventurer-for-hire who is ready to tackle any job as long as the price is right. To start with, he’s happy enough to work for the shady Max Profit Corporation, criss-crossing the globe in search of the missing bronzes from a set of twelve Chinese Zodiac heads. But his experiences on the trail – and his discoveries about the hidden activities of his employers – teach him the age-old lesson that “to live outside the law, you must be honest”. The JC of the closing scenes is twice the man he was before.

KWONE Sang Woo plays Simon
Simon is JC’s right-hand-man and a key member of his team. A quick-thinker and good all-rounder, he is a skilled martial artist. But there’s a chink in his armor: his marriage to Bonnie, JC’s right-hand-woman, seems to be heading for the rocks because he has trouble expressing his feelings.
Kwone Sang Woo was working as a model in his native South Korea when he was recruited to act in a television serial in the late 1990s. A role in the smash-hit action-comedy Volcano High followed in 2001, and then a starring role in the romantic comedy My Tutor’s Friend in 2003. In the last decade he has become a prolific and popular actor in Korean movies and television. CZ12 is his first non-Korean film. He has already received his first offer from Hollywood.
ZHANG Lanxin plays Bonnie
Bonnie has the misfortune to be married to the emotionally stunted Simon, but she more than holds her own as a member of JC’s team. Expert in planning and tactics, she’s also a major asset on field work – as when JC needs her to distract some Russian soldiers from their guard duties and then steal their keys behind their backs.
Zhang Lanxin was born in Beijing; she was previously known as Zhang Mengyu. She won a national taekwondo championship title in 2004, and has since then combined a career in sports with work as an actor and model.

YAO Xingtong plays Coco

Coco is a smart young student from China, currently studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. Her research into antiquities has made her an expert in evaluating the authenticity of artefacts. It has also turned her into an activist, campaigning for the return of looted cultural treasures to their countries of origin; she and her brother Wu Qing have founded a group to demonstrate against the sale of artefacts which should belong to the nations that produced them. Circumstances force Coco into an uneasy alliance with JC, and eventually force her to ask for his help. To her surprise and delight, her influence brings out JC’s hidden heroism and righteousness.

Yao Xingtong graduated from the Acting Department of Beijing Film Academy. She made her television debut in 2003, and her big-screen debut in 2006. In 2009, she was nominated as Best Actress in China’s Golden Rooster Awards for her role in the feature film Blossom.

LIAO Fan plays David
David is the technical wizard in JC’s team, equally adept at planting bugs and surveillance cameras and at solving logistical problems in the field. His grasp of innovative IT is unmatched, and his mind works like an electronic calculator.
Liao Fan, born in Hunan, graduated from Shanghai Drama Academy in 1997, having appeared in two television serials while still a student. He got his first significant breaks in indie movies such as Chicken Poets and Green Hat and went on to be cast by Li Shaohong in Baober in Love, Huang Jianxin in Gimme Kudos, Zhang Yang in Getting Home, Feng Xiaogang in Assembly, Stanley Kwan in Showtime and Jiang Wen in Let the Bullets Fly. Still busy in television work, he’s these days in even more demand as a film actor.

Laura WEISSBECKER plays Katherine
Katherine is a good-natured young French heiress – who finds herself penniless when the courts declare her family bankrupt. Owner of one of the missing Chinese Zodiac bronzes, she is descended from a French officer who took part in the looting of the Summer Palace in the 19th century. Her wish to fulfil her ailing grandmother’s dream leads her to join JC on the South Seas leg of his quest for the other missing bronzes.
Laura Weissbecker is a versatile French actress with a master’s degree in engineering. She studied acting in Los Angeles and began her screen career with a role in Tonie Marshall’s France Boutique. She has since worked with such directors as Cedric Klapisch, Elie Chouraqui, Thierry Binisti and Mark Romanek. Already fluent in French, English and German, she is now learning Chinese.

Oliver PLATT plays Lawrence (guest appearance)
Lawrence is the shark-like boss of the antiques-trading firm Max Profit Corporation, an ostensibly legitimate organisation which is secretly the world leader in manufacturing fake antiques. Working with such guns-for-hire as JC and The Vulture, he eventually runs foul of Interpol.
Oliver Platt is the son of a US diplomat. He began acting in off-Broadway theatre as a member of the Manhattan Punch Line Theater Group, where he was spotted by Bill Murray and recommended to Jonathan Demme for a role in Married to the Mob. He went straight on to work for Mike Nichols in Working Girl, playing Melanie Griffith’s sexist boss, and has since played eye-catching character roles in many movies – including Flatliners, Postcards from the Edge, Indecent Proposal, The Three Musketeers, Bulworth, Dr. Dolittle, Lake Placid, Ash Wednesday and Kinsey. His work has won him four Emmy awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards and a Golden Globe.

Alaa SAFI plays The Vulture
The Vulture is the man Max Profit turns to when the company comes to distrust JC. Much less scrupulous than JC, The Vulture doesn’t think twice when the bad guys hire him to drop a priceless artefact into an active volcano. In the film, he clashes twice with JC: the first time on a sofa in an underground workshop, the second time in mid-air as both of them are sky-diving …
Alaa Safi was born in France to Moroccan-immigrant parents. He began training in taekwondo at the age of seven, and later spent two years in Thailand gaining experience as a professional stuntman. Based in Paris, he has acted in many films and television movies (sometimes under the name Alaa Oumouzoune) as well as appearing on stage in plays and operas. His previous film appearances include A Prophet, L’Ombre d’un flic and Un Baiser papillon.

Steve YOO Seung Jun plays the Pirate Captain
Acting as the leader of a group of pirates has allowed Steve Yoo to showcase his well toned masculine body. These ferocious pirates on the deserted give JC and his team a heap of trouble. However, special make-up used on the pirates adds an extra degree of humor to the film.

Amedeo ROSARIO plays Pierre
Pierre is a loyal and devoted employee of MP Company president, Lawrence. Amedeo is a talented French actor who is entertaining and full of humor. In the film, he leads a team of five and follows JC to the deserted island. However, they turn out to be a group of foolish bandits, adding lots of humor and amusement to the film.

Vincent SZE Zu Nan plays Michael
Vincent plays the son of MP Company president, Lawrence. Every comedy film always has a dopey antagonist; this film also has a dopey boss, and this character is Michael. As the only son from a wealthy family, the first impression he leaves on viewers is quite “extraordinary”, appearing greedy and ruthless. In the film, he secretly captures several patriotic students, which ultimately led JC to the factory producing fake artifacts.

Caitlin DECHELLE plays Katie, The Vulture’s Right-hand-woman
Judo champion Caitlin engages in an enthralling battle with Taekwondo champion Zhang Lan Xin who plays Bonnie in the film. The two female martial artists clash in the fake artifacts factory, an action packed battle of them fighting to their heart’s content.

Wilson CHEN Bo Lin plays Wu Qing (guest appearance)
Wu Qing is Coco’s brother and fellow activist in the campaign to retrieve and repatriate looted cultural treasures. His kidnap and imprisonment at the hands of Max Profit Corporation opens JC’s eyes to the true nature of his employers.
Wilson Chen is a prolific and popular young actor in Taiwanese films and TV serials.

Jonathan LEE Zongsheng plays Zhong Cheng (guest appearance)
Zhong Cheng is the middle-man between Max Profit Corporation and JC.

Jonathan Lee’s day-job is producing records; he’s one of the best in the entire East Asian pop music industry. His brief cameo appearances in Chinese Zodiac exploit his humorous personality to the full.

Barbie TUNG Wun-Sze: Producer
Barbie Tung joined Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest as a production manager in 1981 and rose rapidly through the ranks to the status of producer and executive producer, eventually heading the company. She has been instrumental in producing more than forty features to date, first at Golden Harvest and latterly as an independent. In 2000, she co-founded China International Entertainment Ltd with the director Stanley Tong. She has worked with many of Hong Kong’s foremost talents, including John Woo, Ronny Yu, Michael Hui and Michelle Yeoh. Her previous collaborations with Jackie Chan included three of his biggest hits: Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike and Who Am I? Just before starting work on Chinese Zodiac she produced Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly, currently the highest-grossing film in Chinese history. Barbie is a member of AMPAS in Los Angeles, and was inducted as a member of the Asia-Pacific Screen Academy in Brisbane in 2011.

Stanley TONG: Co-writer
Born in Hong Kong in 1960, Stanley Tong studied at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he developed a sideline as a teacher of martial arts. He returned to Hong Kong to help with the family business and found a part-time side-job as a stuntman at the Shaw Brothers studio, thanks to the recommendation of his brother-in-law, veteran actor Lo Lieh. Many injuries later, he announced his directorial talent by making the independent action-adventure Stone Age Warriors in Papua New Guinea in 1991. He has been a busy director for films and television ever since. His credits include several films with Jackie Chan: Supercop: Police Story 3, Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike: Police Story 4 and The Myth. In 1997 he directed his first Hollywood film Mr Magoo, starring Leslie Nielsen. He went on to executive-produce and direct episodes for Sammo Hung’s television series Martial Law. In recent years he has divided his time between directing (China Strike Force, A Wicked Ghost) and producing for other directors (Antony Szeto’s DragonBlade, Jingle Ma’s Love in the City). He has won three prizes for his action choreography, two in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan.

Edward TANG: Co-writer
Veteran Hong Kong film industry writer Edward Tang has worked on scripts for many Jackie Chan films, including Dragon Lord, Project A, Police Story, Armor of God, Rumble in the Bronx, Operation Condor and Mr Nice Guy.
NG Man-Ching: Director of Photography
Ng Man-Ching has worked his way up from early days as a camera assistant and gaffer to director of photography on numerous Hong Kong films. He specializes in martial arts and action movies, including The Legend of Chen Zhen, White Crane Chronicles, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon and Heavenly Mission. He was also responsible for additional cinematography on the Hollywood production The Mummy 3: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

YAU Chi-Wai: Film Editor
Yau Chi-Wai’s first editing credit was on Supercop: Police Story 3 in 1993 and he has cut many of Jackie Chan’s films since then, including Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike: Police Story 4, Who Am I?, Mr Nice Guy, New Police Story, The Myth and Rob-B-Hood. He has lately also worked with Tsui Hark (Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), amongst many other directors. He has won three Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan and two Hong Kong Film Awards, all for Best Editing.

Oliver WONG: Production Designer
Oliver Wong graduated in Industrial Design from Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1975. He first worked in print publishing and advertising, then as a graphics designer for television. He ran his own design studio from 1978 to 1981, and then began working as a production designer for Hong Kong movies at Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, D&B Films and Cinema City. His many credits include Peter Yung’s Life After Life, Chung Chi-Man’s Magnificent Warriors, Eric Tsang’s Aces Go Places II, Tsui Hark’s Aces Go Places III … and such Jackie Chan pictures as Police Story, Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike: Police Story 4 and Who Am I? Working freelance since 1998, he has designed Fruit Chan’s Hollywood, Hong Kong, Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, Stanley Tong’s The Myth, Stephen Chow’s CJ7 and Derek Yee’s Shinjuku Incident, amongst others. He additionally maintains a busy career as an art director for commercials (in Shanghai and London as well as Hong Kong). In 1996, he was chief design consultant for the Dong Fang Theme Park in Guangzhou. In 2005/6, he was guest tutor in the School of Film and TV at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

Thomas CHONG Chi-Leung: Image Designer
Thomas Chong has designed costumes for numerous Hong Kong films since working on Jackie Chan’s Operation Condor in 1991. His association with Jackie continued through such films as Crime Story, The Myth and Rob-B-Hood.

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Presented by
Co-presented by
Executive Producers : Jackie CHAN WANG Zhongjun Albert YEUNG
Produced by : Jackie CHAN James WANG
Producers : Albert LEE Barbie TUNG
Screenplay by : Stanley TONG Edward TANG Frankie CHAN
Screenplay, directed & produced by : Jackie CHAN
Production managers: Debbie LAM Eddie WONG
1st A.D. : Lemon LIU Kenneth SIU
Production designer : Oliver WONG
Image designer : Thomas CHONG
Associate director : Frankie CHAN
Music score by : Nathan WANG
Director of Photography : NG Man Ching (H.K.S.C.) WONG Wing Hang (H.K.S.C.)
Edited by : YAU Chi Wai (H.K.S.E.)
Stunt Choreographers : Jackie CHAN HE Jun
Assistant Stunt Coordinators : WU Gang HAN Guanhua

35mm / Color / Dolby SRD / 119 minutes / France, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vanuatu, Australia & Latvia

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