Jackie Chan’s classical martial arts film Chinese Zodiac is present at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con with a panel that features the trailer premiere, followed by a Q&A session with the cast and crew. That includes: Chan, Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class), musician Kenny G, and Korean actor Kwone Sang Woo.
Chinese Zodiac tells the story of a man (Chan) in search of mystic artifacts – 12 bronze heads of animals that belong to the Chinese zodiac. Chan wrote, directed, and produced the film, in addition to starring.
Jackie Chan is at Comic-Con. Need I say more?
Jackie Chan [JC]: Chinese Zodiac is probably going to be his last BIG action movie, not his final action movie in general.
JC says he’s in the middle of post-production, shot the film in several countries all over the world.
Chinese Zodiac is a passion project for Jackie Chan. The film is described as a throwback to his classic martial arts fare in style (natural comedy, use of props, no stunt doubles/green screen trickery).
JC: I love superhero movies, but I don’t know how to make them, so I risk my own life.
JC: Not much’s changed for me, since I started making action movies. It’s just all about “hurting and hurting and hurting…” I look back at how I risked life and limb back in the day, and feel “so stupid” when I see how much safer Hollywood productions are.
Chinese Zodiac will feature the traditional montage of bloopers from past JC movies (ie. misfired stunts, JC messing up) during the end credits.
We’re treated to the Chinese Zodiac trailer. Lots of oldie-but-goldie JC stunts (flipping boxes, jumping through painting frames, twirling over chairs and couches, etc.). It definitely has much more international flavor and more majestic scope than most of JC’s recent Hollywoods efforts. The plot’s pretty basic – JC’s a thief-turned hero, who must track down 12 historical (mystical?) objects – but it looks like something that longtime JC fans will very much dig.
JC talked about the difficulties of choreographing the fight sequences in Chinese Zodiac. Or, rather, he made a lot of funny sound effect noises and pained expressions to illustrate the nature of getting the rhythm of hand-to-hand combat sequences down.
JC said he’s hoping to do more serious dramatic work in the future, and plans to keep on acting on through to (at least) his 70s, like Clint Eastwood.
JC basically apologized for not answering every question that fans post on his Facebook page (all 27 million of them). You gotta love this guy.
JC spoke about using comedy and action in his films as a means to address social themes he considers important
Sly Stallone has been trying to get JC into an Expendables movie, but JC’s been too busy with his own stuff. We’ll have to wait and see about Expendables 3.
We did get JC to do a rendition of the famous Rush Hour line (“Do you understand the words that’re coming out of my mouth?”).
Last fan question: JC says that Chinese Zodiac is by far the most challenging project he’s worked on lately. The on-location shooting was especially rough.
We’re treated to an encore of the Chinese Zodiac trailer, as an introduction to JC’s new “teacher”: a strange Parisian street performer named Shaun, dressed in golden plates and roller blade wheels. He assisted with a big set piece in the beginning of the film. I’m not exactly sure what it’s all about, but it’s entertaining.
Overall, JC’s so buoyant and full of energy. It makes it easier to overlook his still-broken English (which has its own charm, by this point).
That’s it for the Chinese Zodiac panel. Stay tuned for more Screen Rant coverage of major panels live from Comic-Con 2012.
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