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CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (China Version) DVD Region 6

Jackie Chan (Director, Action Director, Actor) | Kwon Sang Woo (Actor) | Yao Xing Tong (Actor) | Zhang Lan Xin (Actor)
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CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (China Version)
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In the Armour of God films, Jackie Chan played an adventurer who travels – and fights – across the globe in search of ancient relics. For his 101st film, the action superstar goes back to the adventure genre with CZ12 (a.k.a Chinese Zodiac). While not directly connected to the Armour of God series, CZ12 once again sees Jackie playing a treasure hunter traveling across the world to scour for rare items. This time, the Macguffin that everyone is after is a set of bronze heads modeled after the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.

Promising that CZ12 is his last globetrotting action extravaganza, Jackie pulls out all the stops to make this the biggest film of his distinguished career. In fact, he took up so many positions (including director, producer, action choreographer, cameraman and even stunt double) that he ended up in the Guinness' Book of World Records of having the most credits in one film. Even at 58 years old, the superstar continued to do his own stunts, including rolling down a mountainous highway in a roller suit, taking a rough fall on an erupting volcano in Vanuatau and of course, the numerous fight scenes. Jackie also assembled a stellar supporting cast of international stars, including Kwon Sang Woo (Into the Fire), Liao Fan (Love on Credit), Oliver Platt (2012) and a few surprising cameos.

Antiquities dealer Morgan (Oliver Platt) also deals in counterfeiting antiques and other ancient relics. The latest item on his wish list is a set of bronze heads based on the 12 Chinese Zodiacs, and he has hired a team of treasure hunters – led by JC (Jackie Chan) – to retrieve them. After a thorough investigation, JC discovers that they were stolen during the sacking of the Summer Palace in 1860, and that the explorers who stole them may have been shipwrecked on a deserted island. This starts a wild globetrotting adventure for JC and his team, with a French duchess (Laura Weissbecker) and a Chinese activist tagging along.

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Product Title: CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (China Version) 十二生肖 (2012) (DVD) (中國版) 十二生肖 (2012) (DVD) (中国版) CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (China Version) CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (China Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Kwon Sang Woo (Actor) | Yao Xing Tong (Actor) | Zhang Lan Xin (Actor) | Liao Fan (Actor) | Laura Weissbecker (Actor) | Jonathan Lee (Actor) | Oliver Platt (Actor) | Chen Bo Lin (Actor) 成龍 (Actor) | 權 相佑 (Actor) | 姚 星彤 (Actor) | 張 藍心 (Actor) | 廖凡 (Actor) | Laura Weissbecker (Actor) | 李宗盛 (Actor) | 奧利華派特 (Actor) | 陳柏霖 (Actor) 成龙 (Actor) | 权 相佑 (Actor) | 姚 星彤 (Actor) | 张 蓝心 (Actor) | 廖凡 (Actor) | Laura Weissbecker (Actor) | 李宗盛 (Actor) | 奥利华派特 (Actor) | 陈柏霖 (Actor) 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | クォン・サンウ (Actor) | Yao Xing Tong (Actor) | ジャン・ランシン (Actor) | 廖凡(リアオ・ファン) (Actor) | Laura Weissbecker (Actor) | 李宗盛(ジョナサン・リー) (Actor) | Oliver Platt (Actor) | 陳柏霖 (チェン・ボーリン) (Actor) 성룡 (Actor) | 권 상우 (Actor) | Yao Xing Tong (Actor) | Zhang Lan Xin (Actor) | Liao Fan (Actor) | Laura Weissbecker (Actor) | Jonathan Lee (Actor) | Oliver Platt (Actor) | 천보린 (Actor)
Director: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) 성룡
Action Director: Jackie Chan 成龍 成龙 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) 성룡
Release Date: 2013-05-22
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 6 - China What is it?
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: Hualu Electronics & Audio-Visual Publishing Co.LTD
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033422384

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  當年英法聯軍火燒圓明園,致使大批珍貴文物流落海外,其中四尊十二生肖獸首最引人關注,不僅惹出國內外的廣泛爭論,更有收藏家開出天價競拍這幾尊珍品。當然,其間不乏奸邪的文物販子,試圖通過偷盜的手段獲取寶貝。以此為契機,正在度假的國際大盜JC(成龍 飾)隆重登場。JC背後有一支 Simon(權相宇 飾)、David(廖凡 飾)、Bonnie(張藍心 飾)等人共同組成的超專業團隊,他們一同遠赴巴黎,尋求國寶鑒定專家Coco(姚星彤 飾)的幫助。經過周密細致的準備,JC等人一步步逼近重兵把守的獸首,經歷一系列驚險局面。
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Professional Review of "CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (China Version)"

April 17, 2013

This professional review refers to CZ12 (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Jackie Chan, perhaps best known these days for his outspoken Chinese nationalism rather the stunt-filled action films in which he made his name, returns with CZ12 (Chinese Zodiac), his latest outing as writer, director, action choreographer and star. The highly anticipated film has been cause for great excitement for fans, being a sequel of sorts to his much-loved Armour of God series, promising a big budget, globe-spanning treasure hunt of epic proportions. Helping Chan to try and recapture his former glories is a suitably international cast that includes Liao Fan (Let the Bullets Fly, Yao Xingtong (Amor) and Zhang Lanxin from China, Kwon Sang Woo (Into the Fire) from Korea, the European Laura Weissbecker (Arena), and Hollywood character actor Oliver Platt (Lake Placid), with various big name stars such as Shu Qi and Daniel Wu making cameo appearances.

The film is only somewhat vaguely connected to its predecessors, Chan now known as JC, a treasure hunter/grave robber who travels the world with his intrepid gang (Kwon Sang-Woo, Liao Fan and Zhang Lanxin), tracking down relics for ruthless megalomaniac antiques villain Morgan (Oliver Platt). When JC is given his toughest challenge yet, acquiring the 12 Chinese Zodiac bronze heads looted from the Summer Palace in 1860, he falsely obtains the help of relics activist Coco (Yao Xingtong), telling her that he plans to return them to China. With French heiress Katherine (Laura Weissbecker) tagging along to try and uncover the fate of her grandfather and rivals hot on his trail, he follows the clues to a remote tropical island, while slowly learning the true cultural value of the bronzes.

There's considerable weight of expectation heavy on the shoulders of CZ12 and given Jackie Chan's advancing age and the fact that it's now been some time since he last entertained fans with his trademark brand of crazy stunts and kung-fu, it's understandable that many would approach it with some trepidation, not least due to some less than positive advance reviews. Pleasingly, the film turns out to be much better than expected, and while by no means even close to matching Chan in his creative prime, it offers up a couple of hours of enjoyably daft, family friendly action and adventure. Certainly, it delivers in terms of spectacle and chaos, Chan doing the best job he has in years of throwing together wild and over the top set pieces, including a bizarre though thrilling roller suit chase down a winding mountain road, a Tomb Raider sequence involving chains and pirates, and an amazing sky-diving into a volcano finale. With the star now 58, the stunts aren't quite so daring and he unsurprisingly falls back at times on the use of CGI, though his imagination and craftsmanship are as vivid as ever, and the film is fun and fast-moving throughout, making great use of what was obviously a very generous budget, whipping through a series of exotic locales and impressive sets.

On the downside, the film does inevitably get bogged down in rhetoric, Chan inserting far too many pro-China speeches about the Opium War and the looting of antiques ?noble though these sentiments might be, the clumsy script simply throws them in, characters frequently launching into carefully worded rants that never sound like believable dialogue. While he does attempt to bring things round to a more universal message, it's all a bit too heavy handed for Chan to be able to have his cake and eat it, not least due to some moments of mild racism that will likely jar with Western viewers. Still, this is made somewhat more palatable by the fact that the actor has retained his affable everyman onscreen charisma, and his basic likeability shines through, making such lapses more forgivable, or at least easier to ignore. The film is very much the Chan show, with the supporting cast barely getting a look-in, though this too is fine, as he certainly seems to still enjoy playing such roles, his enthusiasm and self-depreciating demeanour always apparent. With plenty of ingenious slapstick and pratfalls throughout, he manages to work in plenty of laughs, most of which hit the mark, and this goes some way to winning the film back some of the points it loses through over-earnest patriotism.

Though there's no denying that CZ12 isn't a patch on the rest of the Armour of God series, or indeed any of the films from Jackie Chan's heyday, it's definitely better than feared. For those with appropriately adjusted expectations the film and indeed Chan himself do still have plenty to offer, and though it's unlikely that he'll ever experience a true return to form, the stunts and spectacle on show here are entertaining enough and several notches above most other genre films coming from China at the moment.

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