Jackie Chan: upcoming film will be last big action movie

BEIJING, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Kung Fu superstar Jackie Chan

said that while the upcoming film "Chinese Zodiac 2012" will be

his last major action movie, citing his increasing age, he will

still be packing punches in the world of philanthropy.

Chan wrote, directed and produced his latest film, set to

premiere in cinemas in China next month. He also plays the lead

role and said that he regarded it the "best film for myself" in

the last ten years.

"I'm the director, I'm the writer, I'm the producer, I'm the

action director, almost everything," the 58-year-old Hong Kong

actor told Reuters while in Beijing to film a documentary.

"This really, really is my baby. You know, I've been writing

the script for seven years," and the film took a year and half

to make, he added.

In the film, Chan is a treasure hunter seeking to repatriate

sculpture heads of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, which

were taken from Beijing's Summer Palace by French and British

forces during the Opium Wars.

He said it was an important movie for him because it will be

his last major action feature, although he insisted it is not

the end of his action career.

"I'm not young any more, honestly," he said, noting that

with special effects technology and doubles a lot can be done

without physical risk.

"Why (do) I have to use my own life to still do these kind

of things?" he said. "I will still do as much as I can. But I

just don't want to risk my life to sit in a wheelchair, that's

all."

Chan was recently awarded the Social Philanthropist of the

Year award by Harpers Bazaar magazine. He said he wanted to

increase time devoted to charitable work and hoped China's

leagues of newly wealthy will follow his example - which he

underlined by auctioning a Bentley 666 for around 6 million yuan

($961,837).

China now has more billionaires than any other Asian

country, but very few philanthropic organizations, and giving to

charity remains a relatively new phenomenon in the world's most

populous country.

Chan said while Chinese philanthropists have made some

encouraging strides, much more still needs to be done - a task

made harder by the Internet, with netizens willing to leap on

every perceived wrong move.

"Right now people (must) very, very be careful, but that

doesn't stop them to want to do the charity. I think it's a good

sign," Chan said.

(Reporting by Reuters Television, editing by Elaine Lies and

Christine Kearney)

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