CHINESE ZODIAC (2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong China USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Stars ìì

Chinese Zodiac—not the typical Jackie Chan action flick—lacks the hard punch, special effects that we’ve come to expect from him. The special effects in this film border on comical and could have been better by a long shot. The film needs realism, but Jackie does use his environment more for defense than he did in his Skiptrace movie shot with Johnny Knoxville. He noticeably needs crew and actors to help him in action scenes. Nevertheless, the film is worth watching at least once.

Storyline

Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) is given the task to recover several lost bronze animal heads linked to the Chinese Zodiac.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jackie Chan for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Jackie Chan, Zhongjun Wang, and Brett Ratner for making the film possible.  Additional characters/cast include: Hospital Doctor (Daniel Wu),  Narrator (voice of Wen Jiang), Lawrence Morgan (Oliver Platt), David’s Wife (Qi Shu), Katie (Caitlin Dechelle), Vulture (Alaa Safi), Reporter (Peng Lin), Wu Qing (Bo-lin Chen), Pirate Chief (Ken Lo), Catherine De Sichel (Laura Weissbecker), Simon (Sang-Woo Kwon), Asian (Stephen Chang), Bonnie (Lanxin Zhang), Pirate (Tomer Oz), and David (Fan Liao).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s not Jackie Chan’s best work.

Ben Meyers

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