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Jackie Chan in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  International action superstar, Jackie Chan was in town today to promote his 101th film, CZ12. With him were his co-star, Zhang Lanxin, who is also a Taekwondo expert; and Yao Xintong.

Arriving at the movie’s Press conference with his large entourage, the 58-year-old superstar appeared in his usual chatty and energetic self. Dressed in a casual all-white shirt and cowboy hat, Chan impressed everyone at the event with his witty persona, as well as sharing some insights of making the movie.

“When I say CZ12 is probably my last movie, people tend to misunderstand and thought it would be my indefinite last. It’s not. I will continue to make action movies, but I will be using a lot more special effects. I don’t want to get hurt anymore,” Chan said, at the movie’s Press conference. “CZ12 is my “last big action” film,” he added.

Throughout his four decades in the film industry, Chan has his number of highs and lows. “Well, I don’t remember an exact “pinnacle” moment of my career history. There are too many. It’s hard to put a finger on a certain moment. But, being able to leave a handprint on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles is the most memorable,” he said.

When asked what other movie, beside action that the superstar wants to make, he revealed “it’s definitely romantics film!” He said: “I’ve never done that, and it would be great to make one with slow-motion kissing scene, preferable on the beach.”

Chan also revealed that he wants to share the special moment with our very own Datuk Seri Michelle Yeoh. “Really, all of these years, I’ve never had the opportunity to share a kidding scene with Yeoh.”

Later that night, Chan and his co-stars were seen gracing the movie’s gala premiere at the main entrance of Berjaya Times Square. Also in attendance were local artistes, guests and VIPs. Thousand of fans, including tourists were seen gathered at the venue as well, to catch a glimpse of the superstar.

CZ12 took seven years to make with a budget of US$50million (RM150 million). It also stars Korean heartthrob Kwon Sang Woo.

Said to be Chan’s last action movie, CZ12 is about Asian Hawk (Chan), who is on a quest to track down six bronze sculptures which were stolen from the Summer Palace in Beijing when the city was captured by European armies in the 19th Century. At first, Hawk agrees to look for the sculptures for the money but as unexpected events  take place, his motives change as well.

CZ12 opens in Malaysia on Dec 20.  -NST