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
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
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
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