Jackie Chan wants ‘CZ12′ to tell story on sold artifacts

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Hong Kong actor and director Jackie Chan, right, and South Korean actor Kwon Sang-woo smile during a promotional event for their latest movie, CZ12, or Chinese Zodiac, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea — Jackie Chan wants his latest film to spread the message about how China’s national artifacts are being looted and sold.

“Chinese Zodiac” or “CZ12″ is about a man who finds and recovers 12 bronze zodiac animal heads historically depicted as being looted from China’s Summer Palace by colonialists.

The blockbuster’s director, writer, producer and star, Chan said he was upset after seeing three of the bronzes being auctioned while he lived in Hong Kong.

“I wanted to give you and people around the world a message through a movie” about the looting, he told reporters Monday in South Korea.

Hailed as an action-comedy superstar with Asian and Hollywood success, Chan repeated past remarks that his future films may not be in the action genre.

“I have thought about retiring and in the case of action movies, I think ‘Chinese Zodiac’ may be my last blockbuster-scale action movie,” he said.

Chan was in Seoul to promote the movie and attend its South Korean premiere. The film opened in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland in December and is gradually appearing worldwide.

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  • staad

    never like the script esp the part where they ridiculed and played the french woman looking like an idiot. i simply stopped watching it.

    what could have china or hongkong ended up to if not for western influence and education. simply shows how bigot the chinese have become and jacky chan presenting himself now as a lackey of communist china.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000221708518 Ericson Arcilla

      My question is, how about the way China is bullying its neighbors and looting their islands. Like you said they are bigots…

  • Patas

     Hey, Jackie! Your nation is rampant, not only in looting old treasures, but also islands, fishes in the oceans, territories, etc.
    Don’t fool us making it look that China is an oppressed nation. Actually, it is an aggressor and oppressor.

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