​Jackie Chan's protege makes directorial debut online

By Zhang Rui
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Han Guanhua, a famous associate and action choreographer of megastar Jackie Chan, has decided to start his directorial career and helmed a sci-fi action flick called "12 Hours," which will be released online during China's Spring Festival.

Film cast and crew promote "12 Hours" at the premiere held in Beijing on Jan. 16, 2022. [Photo/China.org.cn]

Han is a stunt performer and one of the best action choreographers for Jackie Chan's films and has worked on many domestic and Hollywood action movies such as "The Medallion," "Around the World in 80 Days," "New Police Story" and "Vanguard." Furthermore, he won the best action choreography award for Chan's "CZ12" as a Jackie Chan Stunt Team member at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards in 2013.

"12 Hours" premiered on Jan. 16 in a Beijing cinema, where Chan sent his congratulatory message via a pre-recorded video. "The future of China's action movies relies on you guys!" the veteran action star said. Chan's long-time collaborator, director Stanley Tong, also appeared at the event to show his support.

Han said he knew too well about Chan's hope to pass on the spirit of Chinese action movies to the next generation. "Jackie Chan is leading us, promoting and contributing to Chinese action movies, and making sure China's action movies develop better," he said, which inspired him to direct "12 Hours," a film starring Aarif Lee and Qu Jingjing.

The film is about a survival game in a Matrix-like virtual world against various challenges, including a terrifying monster. It will debut online on Tencent Video on Feb. 1, the Spring Festival, an alternate supplement for the holiday entertainment getting more and more attention during the COVID-19 era, while other theatrical blockbusters led by "The Battle at Lake Changjin II" are set to break box office records.

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