Jackie Chan brought his 100th film, Chinese Zodiac, to the Cannes Film Festival this year, but he also arrived with some news that has been a few years coming: he’s done with bit death-defying action movie setpieces. But that news got a bit garbled over the weekend, with many thinking that Chan is done with action movies for good. Today, the multi-hyphenate clarified that while he’s too old to do some of the action he’s known for, he isn’t done by a long shot.

Chan told AP about Chinese Zodiac, which he wrote, produced, directed, and choreographed over seven years:

For the last ten years I’ve been choosing the director to direct me. This one I direct myself. I hope this movie, 20 years later, people still remember it. For me, for the audience, for my future, for my history — it’s very important.

But the action has started to take a real toll on him.

It hurts, it really hurts. The shoulder, the ankle, it really hurts. You don’t know because I still look healthy… They say ‘no, you’re still young, you can still do it,’ but I have to stop one day.

That led to a broad assumption that Chan is done with action movies altogether. So he clarified via Facebook that, in fact, he’s still soldiering on:

Hello all my friends and fans,

Yesterday in my press conference in Cannes for Chinese 12 Zodiac I said that this movie was my last big action movie.

Today I was shocked when I woke up to read all the news coverage that I was retiring from doing Action movies.

I just want to let everyone know that I am not retiring from doing action movies. What I meant to say is that I need to do less of the life risking stunts on my movies. After all these years of doing so many stunts and breaking so many bones, I need to take better care of my body so I can keep working.

I will continue to do international action movies. And I will keep improving my English :-)

I love all of you!


Here’s a trailer for Chinese Zodiac. Those who’ve seen many other Chan action films will recognize a spirit that calls back to his classic Armor of God series. And there are some set pieces here that look great, particularly the couch fight:

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