[UDPATE: Added a making-of video that focus on the skydiving stunt and scouting the volcano location. Check it out below.]
An international trailer for Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac has arrived that features a glimpse of additional footage not shown in the Chinese version. Throughout Chan's prolific body of stunt work in his action films he has fought in many exotic locations and situations, whether in a wind tunnel or underwater in an aquarium. In his latest action adventure, he can cross off fighting while skydiving over the mouth of a volcano on his stunt accomplishment list.
Globe-trotting soldier-of-fortune JC is hired by shady antiques dealers to track down six missing bronze animal-heads by any means necessary. The six bronzes originally formed part of a set of twelve, representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, forming part of a fountain in the old Summer Palace outside Beijing; they were looted and dispersed when Anglo-French armies sacked the Summer Palace in 1860. JC and his crack team of assistants first head to France, where two of the bronzes are believed to be held in a private collection. The operation to 'liberate' the bronzes from a heavily guarded Chateau brings JC into an uneasy alliance with Coco, a Chinese student in Paris, who is active in a global movement which campaigns for stolen cultural treasures to be returned to their homelands. Along the way, JC makes an enemy-for-life of Pierre, the chief of staff at the Chateau Marceau, and an unexpected friend of Katherine, a bankrupted aristocrat whose home contains another of the missing bronzes. The trail next leads JC and his team, now including Coco and Katherine, to a forgotten tropical island in the South Seas, where two missing animal heads are found in a beached wreck. A multi-national band of pirates moves to block the team's getaway, but JC's skill and resourcefulness wins the day. Back home, JC is stunned to learn that his employers already had the sixth missing bronze all along, and he sets out to teach them a lesson for tricking him. Meanwhile the protest movement has persuaded buyers to shun auctions of stolen national treasures, and the shady dealers are threatening to destroy the sixth bronze in public. Will JC's conscience -- and his sense of Chinese national pride -- kick in to push him to save the last bronze from destruction?
You'll find the extended trailer (English dubbed) embedded below. The release date is on December 20th.