Jackie Chan set a Guinness World Record in this movie for "Most Credits in One Movie". Chan carried out fifteen of the major creative moviemaking roles for this movie, including Director, Producer, Actor, Fight Choreographer, and Composer, breaking the previous record of eleven credits held by Robert Rodriguez.
There is an end of movie cameo appearance by Lin Feng-jiao, Jackie Chan's wife, and Jaycee Chan, Chan's son.
Jean-Yves Blondeau, the inventor of the skate suit, trained Chan to use the suit for the body blading sequence.
Third time Jackie Chan played the character "Asian Hawk". The other two being Armour of God (1986) and Armour of God 2: Operation Condor (1991).
A major fight scene cost seventy million yuan (at the 2012 rate, more than ten million U.S. dollars).
Jackie Chan filmed a four-minute stunt sequence on Mt. Yasur, the volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu.
It was originally announced that this movie would be released in U.S. theaters sometime in the summer of 2013, with about twenty minutes edited out by Jackie Chan in order to optimize the pace and content for U.S. audiences. This release date was pushed back to the fall; the re-edited version was released on October 18, 2013 for theatrical exhibit exclusively by AMC Theatres.
Between April 18 and May 2, 2012, some scenes were filmed at the "Aerodium" vertical wind tunnel in Jelgava, Latvia.