MANILA, Philippines — Hong Kong action megastar Jackie Chan’s newest action blockbuster movie ‘CZ12’ excite his loyal fans as it dominated other equally high-end 2013 movies as the movie managed to keep it spot at the top in China, Malaysia, Singapore and in the world premier cities.
In Malaysia, as of January 8, it continue to dominate for the third consecutive weeks local box office records followed by a local horror movie “Minyak Dagu,” “The Hobbit: An Unxepected Journey,” and the Shanghai-themed film “The Last Tycon.”
In Singapore, “CZ12” was also the champion at the weekend box office, while “Les Miserables” took second place. Disney’s animated film “Wreck-It Ralph” rounded up the top three.
Meanwhile, in the US, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was able to protect its box office crown for the third consecutive week with USD 32.9 million since it was released on Christmas Day. The Warner Bros-distributed film topped new releases including Quentin Tarantino’s Western “Django Unchained”, which features Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who is after ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie, with his mentor, Dr. King Schultz, to save his wife and “Les Miserables”, both of which made their debuts in second and third places respectively.
Back to Chan’s latest hit movie “CZ12,” also known as Chinese Zodiac, is a 2012 Chinese-Hong Kong action film co-produced, written, directed by, and starring Jacky Chan. The film is a pseudo-reboot of a film franchise that began with Armour of God (1987) and its sequel, Armour of God II: Operation Condor.
So far, with Chan’s ‘CZ12’ film, he earned (2) two Guinness World Records such as,”Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor” and “Most Credits in One Movie”. The film to date as grossed over US$113,580,000 at the Chinese box office.
In the Philippines, the official distributor of the movie is the Star Cinema which was officially released two weeks ago in all over Asia.
The movie begins by a man telling the story of the Old Summer Palace and how it was looted in the 1800s by the British in the second opium war. Among the treasures are bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.
JC (Jacky Chan), otherwise known as Asian Hawk, was hired a company to find the remaining lost bronze heads, with a promise of a 10 times bonus if he can recover all of them. JC visits a man named Professor Guan, who had created 12 identical replicas for study purposes with his team of researchers, under the pretense that he is a reporter named Martin from National Geographic.
When left alone, JC scans the multiple bronze Zodiac animal heads using special gloves so that his secret organization can replicate an extremely realistic model of them. After scanning, he goes to Paris to find a woman named Coco, recommended by Professor Guan, for more information on the whereabouts of two bronze heads.
JC, along with his partners Simon (Kwon Sang-woo), David, and Bonnie, infiltrate a mansion to find two of the bronze heads. JC manages to decode the password to a top secret vault and finds two bronze heads, a painting called “The Roses”, along with many other valuable national treasures thought to be lost inside. JC’s cover was soon busted but managed to evade capture with all the valuables, but is spotted by Coco. Having no time to explain himself, he tells Coco to meet him at a boat house while fleeing from the mansion’s security.
At the boat house, Martin tells Coco that he is working for a secret corporation that is trying to recover all the lost relics for China. The guards from the mansion storm the boat house and try to attack JC. However, the police are called in and arrest all of them. JC, Coco and Simon are cleared of any wrongdoing and are released.
Coco, JC and his team are invited to a castle owned by a lady named Katherine (Laura Weissbecker). Unknown to them, the guards from the mansion continue to tail them out of suspicion. It turns out the captain of the “Indestructible”, one of the ships involved in the destruction of the Old Summer Place and taking away the treasures, is Katherine’s great-grandfather. This upsets Coco, who confronts Katherine on the issue. JC and his team find many valuable treasures in the castle, including the Bronze head of the Rooster, and hatch a series of plans to ferry them out. JC promises Katherine that he will help her locate her great grandfather’s remains.
The next day, they venture out in search of the Indestructible’s treasures, located on a seemingly uninhabited island. JC instructs Coco and Katherine to stay behind while his team explore the island. However, Coco and Katherine disobey JC’s orders to look for Katherine’s great grandfather’s corpse on their own. They get entangled among the vines and this forces JC to rescue them.
The group accidentally discovers the remains of the Indestructible, several more bronze heads and a large quantity of gold (Plus the remains of Katherine’s great-grandfather.) As they prepare to leave with all the artifacts, they are confronted by the guards from the mansion. In turn, the island’s local inhabitants, a group of pirates, appear and promptly capture all of them. JC and his team fight their way through to escape the island via a log set up with a pulley system, leaving the five guards with the pirates.
Back on the yacht, Coco accidentally discovers the real motive of JC’s ventures and confronts him. Subsequently, the log carrying approximately eight tonnes of gold and the corpse of Katherine’s great-grandpa sinks due to the heavy weight of the gold and the corpse, and all the log’s contents are lost.
Nevertheless, JC and his team still get rewarded for recovering some of the lost bronze heads. The group is enraged when they find out that the supposedly-missing dragon bronze head was already at the hands of MP Corp all along, thereby making it impossible to claim the large bonus.
Meanwhile, Coco and her fellow students’ protests over the sale of the national treasures escalated quickly to grab worldwide attention. As Coco’s students try to find out more about MP Corp, three of them, including Coco’s younger brother, are captured. Coco approaches JC for help but JC seems nonchalant.
JC contacts MP Corp on the availability of “The Roses” artifact and is allowed into the secret premises. Having toured the entire factory, where almost exact duplicates of the relics are made to be sold as real relics in auctions, JC deduces the location of the captives. He challenges a long time rival who happens to be there as well – the unscrupulous treasure hunter, Vulture, to a fight but it ends in a stalemate.
JC bargains with MP Corp to sell “The Roses” painting at a reduced price and secures the release of the three hostages. When MP Corp refuses, JC fights his way to the chamber. During the ensuing fight, a furnace explodes due to a guard’s baton rupturing one of the pipes. The explosion destroys most of the facility. JC later settles for the release of the three hostages in exchange for the painting and not paying damages done to the premises.
Meanwhile, the dragon bronze head is expected to fetch the highest price in the auction but no one bids for it due to increasing pressure from activist groups. MP Corp, in a bid to teach these groups a lesson, threatens to throw the relic into an active volcano, calling the mission “Let the Dragon Fly,” if no bids are received by 12:00 noon the next day. The deadline passes without a single bid and Vulture leads a group of three sky divers to throw the relic into the volcano. JC intervenes and, in the ensuing air-borne struggle, seemingly dies in order to save the relic from dropping into the volcano. As a mark of respect, Vulture hands over the relic to a sprawling JC. MP Corp’s owners are arrested on suspicion of counterfeit relics. JC survives and is seen recovering in a hospital and on good terms with everyone, including Vulture. The movie ends off in JC kissing his wife.