Action star Jackie Chan to retire

Action star Jackie Chan to retire

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Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan takes part in the TV show "Le Grand Journal" on the set of French TV Canal+ during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 19, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on May 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Updated Sunday, May 20 at 4:43 PM

(AP) Cannes, France - Jackie Chan is landing his last punch as an action star, but says he is stepping into retirement having made one of the most important films of his career.

The Hong Kong actor told the AP on Friday that his latest film "Chinese Zodiac" will be his last action movie.

Chan, launching the movie at the Cannes Film Festival with co-stars Kwone Sang Woo, Yao Xingtong and Liao Fan, said that people don't believe him when he says he is going to retire.

"They say, 'No, you're still young, you can still do it,' but I have to stop one day."

The 58-year-old says he is bowing out with "Chinese Zodiac" - in which he plays a fortune hunter, travelling the world trying to track down missing astrological antiques - because it is one of the "most important" films in his career.

Chan says he spent seven years working on the movie - writing, producing, directing and coordinating fight scenes.

"For the last ten years I've been choosing the director to direct me. This one I direct myself." he said. "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."

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