Jet Li (born April 26, 1963) is a Chinese martial artist, actor, Wushu champion, and international film star. After three years of intensive training, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring at age 17, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went onto appearing in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films most notably the Once Upon a Time in China series where he portayed Wong Fei Hung. His first role in an Hollywood movie was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), but his first Hollywood film leading role was in Romeo Must Die. He has gone onto star in many Hollywood films mostly recently starring in the action film War (2007).
Li was born Li Lianjie in Beijing, China. His father died when he was two. His mother took him to the Beijing Amateur Sports School at the age of eight. Li participated in the sport of wushu in the non-sparring event. He began his wushu of...
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War is an action/thriller film, directed by Phillip Atwell with Corey Yuen as the martial arts choreographer. The film was released on August 24, 2007 and is rated 'R' for sequences of strong bloody violence, sexuality/nudity and language. The film stars Jet Li and Jason Statham. Its working title was Rogue; it was changed to avoid conflict with another film with the same name. It was re-titled as Rogue Assassin in Singapore.
After his partner Tom Lone (Terry Chen) and his family are killed by the infamous and elusive assassin, Rogue (Jet Li); FBI agent, John Crawford, (Jason Statham) becomes obsessed with revenge as his world unravels into a vortex of guilt and betrayal. Rogue eventually resurfaces to settle a score of his own, igniting a bloody crime war between Asian mob rivals Chang (John Lone) of the Triads and Yakuza boss Shiro (Ryo Ishibashi). When John and Rogue finally come face to face, the ultimate truth of their pasts will be revealed.
Tagline: Vengeance is the ultimate...,
Fearless, known in Chinese as Huo Yuanjia (Chinese: 霍元甲; Pinyin: Huò Yuánjiǎ) is a 2006 film directed by Ronny Yu and starring Jet Li. It is loosely based on the life of Huo Yuanjia, a legendary Chinese martial artist who challenged foreign fighters in highly publicised events, restoring pride and nationalism to China at a time when Western Imperialism and Japanese manipulation were eroding the country. Jet Li stated in an interview that this film is his last martial arts epic, a point also made in the movie's television promotions and other publicity. Fearless was released on June 23, 2006 in the United Kingdom, and on September 22, 2006 in the United States.
Jet Li loosely portrays the life of martial arts master Huo Yuanjia. The plot differs greatly from the actual life of Huo Yuanjia.
The movie starts off with Huo Yuanjia fighting 3 Westerners: a boxer, a spearfighter and a fencer. Huo Yuanjia beats them all, and makes it his habit to bow to the opponent. Just as he is about to...,
Unleashed (also known as Danny the Dog), is a 2005 action / thriller film, directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Luc Besson. It is set in Glasgow, Scotland, despite not one main actor or extra in the film speaking in a Glasgwegian Accent.
Tagline:The film starts with Bart (Bob Hoskins), a mob guy in charge of collections. He has two thugs that drive around with him, but his main muscle is Danny (Jet Li), who wears a collar, and doesn't speak. Whenever Bart takes off the collar, Danny will attack whoever Bart says. One man tries to keep Bart from removing the collar, and he is beaten while Danny just stands there passive. However, Bart is quite the scrapper, and is able to remove the collar, and Danny beats up the attackers. The fight takes place in a jewelry store, and a tall, creepy-looking man looks intrigued. That night, Bart gets a hooker, but she is disgusted when she sees Danny down in his cage, and she runs out. Danny is reading a book of ABC's, not really comprehending...,
Cradle 2 the Grave is a 2003 action film directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak featuring world-renowned martial artist Jet Li and the famous rapper DMX. Other cast members include Gabrielle Union, Anthony Anderson, Drag-on and Tom Arnold.When Tony Fait (DMX), with his gang of thieves, manages to steal a bag full of valuable black diamonds (which are actually synthetic plutonium), they find themselves face to face with a deadly enemy named Ling (Mark Dacascos). Ling ends up kidnapping Fait's daughter and taking the diamonds. This leads to both an unlikely partnership between a Taiwanese agent named Su (Jet Li) and Fait, and to an action-packed journey filled with mysteries to recover the child and the jewels.There is a scene involving an underground cage fighting competition. Several of the combatants are successful mixed martial artists from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, and Randy Couture. Vale Tudo Kickboxing champion Hector Echavarria also appears...,
Hero (Chinese: 英雄; Pinyin: Yīngxióng) is a Chinese wuxia film, directed by Zhang Yimou with music by Tan Dun. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the movie is loosely based on the legendary Jing Ke.
A group of assassins: Flying Snow (飛雪) (Maggie Cheung), Broken Sword (殘劍) (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), and Sky (長空) (Donnie Yen), have sworn to kill the King of Qin (秦王) (Chen Daoming), and Nameless (無名) (Jet Li) comes to the royal capital to claim the reward offered for their defeat. The movie tells the story of his conversation with the King of Qin, and the flashbacks depicted the journey he took to earn the honor of sitting before the emperor. Zhang Ziyi stars as Broken Sword's servant Moon (如月).
Hero was first released in China on October 24 2002. At that time, it was both the most expensive and the highest-grossing motion picture in Chinese cinema history. Miramax owned the American market distribution rights, but had delayed the release of the film for nearly two years. It was...,
The One is a 2001 Revolution Studios action movie, starring Jet Li and Carla Gugino and written, produced and directed by James Wong and Glen Morgan.
A superhuman criminal named Yu-Law (Jet Li), once a member of the organization policing interdimensional travel (via detecting wormhole openings, which can be predicted like the weather), seeks to hunt down and kill variations of himself in alternate universes to absorb a common life force (which possibly has to do something with the string theory as it was mentioned in the movie by Evan Funsch) that connects them all. By killing his other selves, and absorbing their power, he wishes to become as a god.
The only one who can stop him is the last of his alternate selves (MVC: MultiVerse Counterpart), Gabriel Law, who works in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in a near-image of our own universe (George W. Bush remained President, but had some policy differences such as a "Universal Health Care Plan") and, before the events of...,
Kiss of the Dragon is a 2001 action/thriller film, directed by Chris Nahon and starring Jet Li. The film is notable because most of the action sequences were done with little use of CGI or wire work. The only use of CGI and wire work was in the hotel scene where Jet Li roundhouse kicked a snooker ball at the chauffer's head. The director even claims to have had to slow a scene down as the combatants were moving too fast for the camera.
Liu Jian, a Chinese intelligence agent, is sent and assigned to Paris to help apprehend a Chinese gangster involved in heroin smuggling. However, Liu is just a scapegoat for Jean-Pierre Richard, a corrupt and violent French police inspector who brutally kills the gangster; framing Liu for murder in the process.
Liu keeps a low profile while trying to escape, and he meets up with Jessica, an American woman who was forced into prostitution by Richard. Jessica is able to prove Liu's innocence, but Richard anticipates this and kidnaps Jessica's young...,
The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items.Romeo Must Die is a 2000 action movie with a Romeo and Juliet theme, directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak. It stars Jet Li, Aaliyah, Delroy Lindo, Isaiah Washington, Russell Wong, Anthony Anderson, D.B. Woodside, and DMX, and features action choreography by Corey Yuen. It is considered Jet Li's breakout role in the English film industry.
The film opens at Silk's (played by DMX) nightclub, where Po Sing (played by Jon Kit Lee, the son of Chinese Triad boss Ch'u Sing (played by Henry O), is confronted by several african-american gang members. Po's bodyguards, led by Kai (played by Russell Wong) come to his aid, resulting in a fight in the club. After the Chinese are ushered out of the nightclub, Kai argues with Po, resulting in the latter driving away in anger.
The next morning, Po Sing's body is found dangling from a light pole, dead. The news quickly travels to Ch'u, as well as...,
Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 film starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is a sequel to Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2 and Lethal Weapon 3.
In this installment of the Lethal Weapon series, Lorna Cole is pregnant with Martin Riggs' baby; they are not married but both are thinking about it and have misgivings and fears. Murtaugh's daughter Rianne is also pregnant and has secretly married Lee Butters, a young cop who works at the same precinct as Murtaugh and Riggs.
The story revolves around Riggs, Murtaugh and Butters investigation of a Chinese immigrant smuggling ring, which initiates after a vessel is captured with a cargo hold of slave labor. That night, Murtaugh finds a small dingy alongside with an entire family, which he 'rescues' and provides shelter for at his house, claiming to be 'freeing slaves'.
Information about Uncle Benny then leads them to Chinatown, where they also get introduced to the new arch-nemesis, a high-ranking Triad...,
Hitman, known in the United States as Contract Killer' and as The Killing Angel in Chinese, is a 1998 Hong Kong action movie starring Jet Li, Eric Tsang, and Simon Yam. The movie is the last collaboration between Hong Kong regulars Jet Li and Simon Yam, as well as Jet Li's last starring role in a Hong Kong film. The plot deals with a rogue assassin known as the "Killing Angel", and a bounty placed on the Angel's head being pursued by an ex-soldier played by Jet Li.
The film starts with a brief recollection of the "Killing Angel", a dangerous assassin that has been operating in most of southeast Asia. The Killing Angel has no known accomplices or colleagues, is not affiliated with any government, religious, or criminal organization, and to this date their true identity has still remained secret. The Killing Angel is believed to be responsible for 6 murders in the past year alone, with only one thing connecting each of the assassinations - all the victims were criminals and deserved to...,
Black Mask (Chinese: 黑俠) is a 1996 Hong Kong action film starring Jet Li, Karen Mok and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang. It was directed by Daniel Lee and was produced by Tsui Hark.
The movie is based an adapted version of the 1992 manhua of the same name. It was later followed by a 2002 sequel, Black Mask 2: City of Masks.
The film concerns a man named Tsui Chik (Michael in the American version), who tries to lead a quiet life as a librarian. However, he is really a former test subject for a highly secretive supersoldier project, and when he discovers that other test subjects have begun a violent crime spree that the police are helpless to stop, he sets out to stop them himself by donning a disguise and using the superhero alias of "Black Mask". Having lost the ability to feel pain due to experiments performed on him by the military, Black Mask is nigh invulnerable.
Black Mask grossed a moderate HK $13,286,788 during its Hong Kong box office run.
On May 14, 1999, a recut version of the film...,
Meltdown (aka 鼠胆龍威: Shu Dan Long Wei, High Risk) is a 1995 action adventure film starring Jet Li, Jacky Cheung, Chingmy Yau and Charlie Yeung. It was directed by Jing Wong and Corey Yuen and written by Jing Wong.Meltdown is the title given to this film in the US by Columbia TriStar Home Video (now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).A terrorist group takes control of a hotel in Hong Kong in order to steal the the jewels on display during an exhibition. Some of the hostages work together to escape and take down the terrorists.Kit Li, a cop on the Hong Kong Police bomb squad, responds to a call at a local school, where a terrorist group led by the Doctor, has taken a school bus hostage. Shortly after arriving at the scene, he discovers his wife and son are onboard the explosive rigged bus. Kit sends a subordinate to disarm the bomb, but matters are complicated due to the intricate set up of the bomb which eventually explodes, killing everyone on the bus, including Kit's family.Years later...,
Fist of Legend (Chinese: 《精武英雄》; Pinyin: Jīng Wǔ Yīngxióng; literally "Hero of Jing Wu") is a 1994 Hong Kong martial arts film starring the martial artist Jet Li. It is directed by Gordon Chan and features action choreography by Yuen Woo-ping. It is a remake of Bruce Lee's 1972 film Fist of Fury (U.S. title The Chinese Connection). The film takes place in Shanghai in 1937 during the Second Sino-Japanese War as the city is occupied by Japanese forces.
The film follows Chen Zhen (Chinese: 陈真) (Jet Li), in his quest to bring the killers of his master, Huo Yuanjia (Chinese: 霍元甲) , to justice.
The movie begins with Chen Zhen, played by Jet Li, in a Japanese boarding school. Chen and other students are busy in class when suddenly the schoolroom is flooded by Japanese martials arts students. The students accuse Chen, calling him "Chinese scum", and order him to leave. Chen gets up without talking and complies, before Mitsuko, a female Japanese student, and the class teacher come to his...,
Legend of the Red Dragon (Legend of the Red Dragon was the title used for the United States video release; Chinese: 洪熙官之少林五祖; Pinyin: Hóng Xīguān Zhī Shàolín Wǔ Zǔ; literally "Hong Xiguan's Shaolin Five Founders"; also known as Hung Hei-Koon: Shaolin's Five Founders, Legend of the Future Shaolin, and The New Legend of Shaolin) is a 1994 kung fu film from Hong Kong by Wushu and international film star Jet Li. It was directed by Jing Wong, and Corey Yuen, and produced by Helen Li, Jet Li, and Wai Sum Shia. This film showcases Hung Hei-Kwun's exploits as a rebel against the Qing government. Unlike Li's Fong Sai-yuk movies, the film has a much darker tone. Hung (Li) hardly ever shows affection, even to his son, and speaks in the same tone throughout the movie. The same applies to his son, who mirrors the little boy from Lone Wolf and Cub from his hair to his facial expressions. This is one of two movies in which Miu Tse and Jet Li play a father-son duo, the other being My Father is a Hero...,
Tai Chi Master (also released as Twin Warriors on video in the US) is a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts action/adventure film starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. It was directed by Yuen Wo Ping and written by Yip Kwong Kim.
Junbao (Jet Li) and Tienbo grow up together in a shaolin temple as monks, studying the martial arts and generally getting into trouble. When they are expelled from the temple after Tienbo almost kills a fellow student who cheats in a fight against him, they go to the town to find food. A gang of henchmen take the money from a local shop owner where a woman called Miss Li steals the money and gives it back to the owner. Having noticed his money gone, the henchmen start to fight with Miss Li where Junbao interferes and defeats all of them. Army reinforcements arrive to break up the fight and so the trio run away to escape capture. At this moment the eunuch governor travels through the town. Tienbo realises that he wants to be as rich as the governor, but Miss Li warns...,
Swordsman II (Traditional Chinese: 笑傲江湖之東方不敗; Simplified Chinese: 笑傲江湖之東方不敗; Pinyin: Xiào Ào Jiāng Hú Zhī Dōng Fāng Bù Bài; Cantonese Yale: Siu3 Ngou6 Gong1 Wu4 Ji1 Dung1 Fong1 Bat1 Baai6) is a Hong Kong action film made in 1991. It was directed by Siu-Tung Ching and Stanley Tong and written by Hanson Chan, Jin Yong, Tang Pik-yin and Tsui Hark. This movie was the second in a trilogy of films.Swordsman II is one of the most popular adaptions of a series of books by Jin Yong called The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. It stars a young Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Rosamund Kwan and Michelle Reis. Many earlier and later adaptations of the book exist, including several tv shows and movie versions.This movie adaptation barely followed the actual book series. The movie created a love affair between the main character and the antagonist, which never existed in the book. The main character in the movie seemed to chase women all the time, which is not how the main character in the book series was...,
The Master is a 1989 Hong Kong action/adventure film starring Jet Li and Yuen Wah. It was directed by Hark Tsui and written by Kei To Lam, Tai-Mak Lau and Hark Tsui.
Jet Li's character comes to America to meet his old master. In America he is helped by an american during a robbery attempt. He tries to meet his teacher, who has been thrown out of his home for not being able to repay loans. Later, it turns out that the American who once saved him is a martial arts teacher, who wants to establish his school's supremacy in the city, and hence challenges the master, Yuen Wah. Jet Li's character comes to his master's rescue and kills the American teacher.
The Master earned a weak HK $8,096,542 in Hong Kong.
Miramax's North American version of The Master, which was distributed on home video and DVD, was dubbed in English, and the dubbing often strayed heavily from the original dialogue.
Four minutes of cuts were made, including:
- The opening scene, in which Anna fights a gymnastics student....,
Born to Defence was a 1986 Hong Kong film starring Jet Li, who also directed the film. The film is set in China during the Japanese invasion (See: World War II). It centers on Jet Li's character and his confrontations with navy sailors from China's ally, the United States, primarily in the boxing ring as Li's character is an avid athlete.
The film grossed a disappointing HK $11,456,731 in Hong Kong.
Jet Li was born