The 11th Abuja International Film Festival ended on Friday, September 26 with the Jackie Chan directed movie, Chinese Zodiac, taking home most of the top awards.
The movie, which also starred the stuntsman/actor, won Best Feature Film (Foreign), Golden Jury Award, Viewers’ Choice and Best Directing for Chan.
The comedy, also called CZ12, was released in 2012. It follows JC and his group as they try to recover some bronze heads that represent animals of the Chinese zodiac for MP Corp. The company plans to auction off the relics, which were originally stolen from China by British and French invaders.
The auction is however stalled by activists who want the stolen relics to be returned to China as national treasures. At the time of its release, the movie was critically panned in China and the US for its length, meandering storyline and as a poor knock-off of classic Jackie Chan movies.
It however won two Guinness World records for Jackie Chan: most credits in a movie -he was the actor, director, producer, cinematographer, wrote the story and screenplay e.t.c, -and most stunts by a living actor.
Other winners at the film festival were the Lancelot Imasuen film, Invasion 1897, which had a similar storyline to Chinese Zodiac, for Best Feature Film (Nigeria). Its lead actor, Michael Omoregbee, in his first screen role, won Outstanding Actor.
Best short film was won by Damijo Young’s Yawa (Nemesis); Outstanding comic film, I Come Lagos by Elvis Chuks, while the Outstanding Actress went to Abimbola Ademoye in Where Talent Lies.