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Film releases: Veteran Chan still fighting fit

Bleeding Steel (15, 152 mins)

By Damon Smith

Hong Kong martial arts superstar Jackie Chan continues to defy gravity and his age to headline an action packed sci-fi adventure written and directed by Leo Zhang, which is the biggest budget Chinese film to shoot on location in Australia and includes a breathtaking fight sequence performed atop the arches of the Sydney Opera House.

Lin Dong (Chan) is an elite special agent, who is hired to protect a vulnerable young woman - the key witness in a major case. Subsequently, Lin becomes embroiled in a diabolical conspiracy that threatens everyone he cares about.

Many years later, the publication of a sci-fi novel entitled Bleeding Steel spins a fresh web of murder and intrigue with Lin at the centre. He will need to join forces with powerful allies such as Li Sen (Show Lo) to unmask the shadowy mastermind (Callan Mulvey) and neutralise a deadly henchwoman (Tess Haubrich).

Tiger Zinda Hai

(Cert 12A, 143 mins)

In 2012, Kabir Khan directed Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the fast-paced action thriller Ek Tha Tiger about an elite Indian spy, who falls in love with a Pakistani operative during a top-secret mission in Dublin.

The lead actors reunite under the direction of Ali Abbas Zafar for the eagerly anticipated sequel, Tiger Zinda Hai, set eight years after the explosive events of the original film.

Avinash Singh Rathore (Khan), codename Tiger, and his lover Zoya (Kaif) are presumed dead but are actually living under the radar, unburdened by the demands of their respective governments.

When an international terrorist organisation threatens the safety of thousands of innocent civilians in a foreign land, Tiger and Zoya are drafted back into active service to spearhead a rescue mission with scant chance of success.

Girish Karnad, Sudeep and Gavie Chahal co-star.

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