U.S. Trailer for Jackie Chan's Biggest Hit in Asia: "CZ12" (a.k.a "Chinese Zodiac")

Jackie Chan in "CZ12"

“CZ12,” Jackie Chan’s supposedly last go-for-broke action movie, is finally coming to the States. A trailer for the U.S. release debuted on the web yesterday, but you probably didn’t notice because you were busy watching the one for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

The U.S. version looks practically the same as the Chinese one, except it’s just a bit tighter and has a few more action clips. The cheesy spelling sequence is still there, but nonetheless, the trailer looks like a fun, old-fashion Jackie Chan movie.

The action comedy has done phenomenal business when it was released late last year in China, grossing $138M total against a budget of just $37M. It’s the third highest grossing domestic film ever behind Xu Zheng’s “Lost in Thailand” ($201M) and Stephen Chow’s “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” ($200M). It has probably outgrossed the combined box office of all of his previous films released in the region.

According to the trailer, “CZ12” is rated PG-13 and will open on October 18, 2013. That's the same day as “Escape Plan,” which also stars two other elder action statesman, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’ll be a great weekend for fans of “The Expendables,” but both films are going after the same audience.

Being a Chan fan, I’ve already bought the Blu-ray and saw it multiple times. It’s a fun film that will satisfy fans if they go in with the knowledge that he co-wrote the screenplay, which basically means it’s all in his head and he’s feeding actors their lines while he’s filming. So just sit back and ignore the words that are coming out of actors’ mouths.

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