CZ12—originally titled Chinese Zodiac—is the film that won Jackie Chan two Guinness World Records: one for “Most Stunts Performed By A Living Actor” and one for ”Most Credits In One Movie.” In addition to writing, directing, producing, and starring in CZ12, Chan was also executive producer, cinematographer, art director, unit production manager, catering coordinator, stunt coordinator, gaffer, composer, theme tune vocalist, props, and stuntman. I was all ready to make a joke like “What, no ‘caterer?’ What a slacker!” except he was the caterer. Insanity.
All that the distractions didn’t keep Jackie from cranking out another popular hit; in China, where CZ12 was released last December, the film earned a whopping 879 million yuan, ranking it #6, between Titanic and Iron Man 3, on the country’s list of the highest grossing movies of all time (at least according to Wikipedia, which is never wrong). Now it’s opening stateside; here’s the trailer:
The trail of the tape
Director: Jackie Chan
Screenwriters: Jackie Chan, Frankie Chan, Edward Tang, Stanley Tong
Cast: Jackie Chan, Shu Qi, Oliver Platt
Release date: October 18, 2013
Tagline: “Twelve heads. Five continents. One man.”
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “I could kick your ass without leaving this couch.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
The version of CZ12 that’s opening here is 107 minutes, about 20 minute shorter than the original Chinese cut. But the editing was supervised by Chan himself, which is not only good news for us but good news for Chan, because now he can add yet another title (Supervising editor!) to his gargantuan list of credits.