I know I’m a few days late on this one, but sometimes life has a tendency to get in the way of my enjoyment of “Chinese Zodiac” promotional material. Instead of shaking my fist angrily at the heavens above, I’ll simply alert you to the fact that an international trailer for Jackie Chan’s upcoming stunt-filled action extravaganza has found its way online. Better late than never!
The veteran action star’s final romp through the world of dangerous action and deadly stunts is set to be one of his most daring endeavors thus far. In addition to rolling around in a suit covered in wheels, Chan will fight someone while skydiving over a volcano. Don’t believe me? Take a good look at the video below.
But first, a lengthy synopsis:
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?
That’s probably more exposition than anyone ever really needed for a Jackie Chan movie, but at least it’s there if you have the desire to read every last word.
For those of us who love instant gratification, take a look at the extended international trailer for “Chinese Zodiac.” The clip has been carefully embedded below. Chinese moviegoers will be able to experience Chan’s final stunt-oriented thrill ride on December 20, 2012. The rest of us will just have to wait.
Via : Twitch