KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackie Chan's stunt-filled family action adventure CHINESE ZODIAC comes to guests at AMC Theatres in the United States and Canada beginning October 18. Filmed on location across five continents and seven countries, the movie features some of Chan's wildest and most breathtaking stunts ever – including a hillside chase with our hero in a skate suit and an aerial landing on top of an active volcano. During the making of the film, Chan broke two Guinness World Records for "Most Stunts Performed by a Living Actor" and "Most Credits in One Movie" (15), which includes Actor, Director, Producer, Fight Choreographer and Composer. One of the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time, CHINESE ZODIAC has earned over $160 million worldwide.
JC (Jackie Chan) leads a team of treasure hunters (Kwon Sang-Woo, Liao Fan and Zhang Lanxin) who travel the world in search of ancient relics. When JC is given his toughest challenge yet, acquiring 12 mystical artifacts that comprise the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, he enlists the help of archeologist Coco (Yao Xintong) and French heiress Katherine (Laure Weissbecker). Together, JC and his group must locate the priceless relics before they fall into the wrong hands and are lost forever.
Loaded with Jackie Chan's trademark brand of action and humor, Chinese Zodiac features the martial arts comedy icon performing his own death -- and gravity -- defying stunts. Shot on location in China, France, Australia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South Pacific, the film features an international cast that includes leading actors and actresses from China, France, Korea and the United States. The film is also one of Chan's most ambitious -- one of the major fight scenes in the movie cost more than $10 million.
About Jackie Chan
With a career that spans over 50 years, Jackie Chan has appeared in over 100 films, including the "Rush Hour" series (1998-2007), "The Karate Kid" (2010) and "Shanghai Noon" (2000).
Born in Hong Kong on April 7, 1954, Jackie's father began training him in kung fu at an early age believing it would help build his son's character and teach him patience, strength and courage.
When Chan was seven years old, his parents enrolled him in the China Drama Academy where he would live for the next 10 years of his life. During his time at the school, he learned martial arts, acrobatics, singing and acting. At age eight, he made his made his cinematic debut in the Chinese film "Seven Little Valiant Fighters: Big and Little Wong Tin Bar" (1962).
Upon graduating from the China Drama Academy at 17, Chan became a stuntman in the Hong Kong movie industry where he soon gained a reputation for being fearless and willing to try anything.
After starring in several movies that were box office disappointments, Chan began taking greater creative control and brought humor to martial arts films which turned him into one of Asia's biggest stars. Years later, he would become a bona fide Hollywood A List superstar with the global success of "Rumble in the Bronx" (1995) and the "Rush Hour" and "Shanghai Noon" series (2000-2003).
Chan is the Ambassador for UNICEF/UNAIDS, working tirelessly for children, the elderly and those in need.
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