Chinese Zodiac and The Grandmasters to Battle it Out in Theaters This December


Jackie Chan in Chinese Zodiac (2012) Behind-the-Scenes Image

Who’s afraid of “The Grandmasters”? Apparently not Jackie Chan. The acclaimed action star’s latest endeavor “Chinese Zodiac” — a film that’s rumored to be his final stunt-laden endeavor — will arrive in Chinese theaters on December 20th, 2012. As you may recall, director Wong Kar-wai’s upcoming martial arts epic “The Grandmasters” is hitting cinemas around the same time. December 18th, 2012 to be exact. I guess we should prepare for cinematic war.

Of course, there’s should to be room for everyone at the box office (I think), but it will be interesting to see who claims the top spot during that crucial first week. Both films are highly anticipated, so the ensuing showdown could get interesting. Honestly, I think I’m more anxious to see “Chinese Zodiac” than “The Grandmasters”, but that’s simply because I’m a Chanboy. And, apparently, I’m not afraid to admit it. Stop laughing.

Which film are you most excited to see? I’ll be curious to read the responses. In the meantime, feel free to check out the trailers for the aforementioned titans below.

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Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • waldomarek

    think jackie chan wins… his name is bigger than tony leung’s and when it comes to martial arts, jackie chan wins again, so.

  • TRD

    I’m more excited to see Chinese Zodiac simply because its Jackie Chan and his crazy and cool stunts. Wong Kar Wai doesn’t make action martial arts movie. And Yea I know he made Ashes of Time, but that was more like an art house film. But I am curious of how The Grandmaster will turn out.

  • Dan

    Why would anyone be afraid of a Wong Kar Wai film? His films were not exactly box office draw especially in Asia. All his films in Asia were flops, it was the art house audience in the west who paid him any attention.

  • Cheng_sze

    We chinese like cool style, Grandmasters for sure. Jackie Chan style is outdated and look foolish and us Hong Kongese doesn’t even like him as a person.

    Jackie Chan has a bigger name in western countries but we’re definitely more proud of Tony Leung and his movies..Ask anyone under 45’s in Hong Kong.

  • Yissvei

    I like them both,

    I can’t wait to see these two films…hopefully, there’s English subtitles.

  • Madam Kwan

    I find it interesting that both directors have chosen to cast well known Korean actors in both films. As the genre for each project is considerably different, I think that both movies will serve their audience base well. One, being a period piece about a living legend, and the other a modern day action packed drama. Both films are worth seeing… no need to make a comparison.