Jet Li

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Jet Li
Jet Li at the premiere of Fearless.
Born (1963-04-26) April 26, 1963 (age 61)
Martial artist
Years active1982–present
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s)Huang Qiuyan (1987–1990)
Nina Li Chi (1999–present)
AwardsHong Kong Film Award: Best Actor
2008 The Warlords
Golden Horse Award: Special Award
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award: Best Actor
2006 Fearless
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese李連杰
Simplified Chinese李连杰
Li Yangzhong
Traditional Chinese李陽中
Simplified Chinese李阳中

Li Lianjie (born April 26, 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese-born Singaporean[1] martial artist, film actor, and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most iconic Chinese film stars and one of the most renowned martial arts stars of his generation.[2][3]

Li began practising wushu at the age of eight. Between 1974 and 1979, he won the title of Men's All-Around National Wushu Champion five times.[4] Li is a master of several styles of Wushu, especially Chángquán (Northern Longfist Style) and Fānziquán (Tumbling Fist). He has mastered Wushu's main weapons, such as the Sanjiegun (Three Section Staff), Gùn, Dao (Broadsword), and Jian (Straight Sword). He has also studied other arts including Baguazhang (Eight Trigram Palm), Taijiquan (Supreme Ultimate Fist), Xing Yi Quan (Shape Intent Fist), Zui Quan (Drunken Fist), Ying Zhao Quan (Eagle Claw Fist) and Tanglangquan (Praying Mantis Fist).[5]

After retiring from competitive wushu at age 18, Li went on to win great acclaim as an actor. His most notable Chinese films include Shaolin Temple (1982), the first three films in the Once Upon a Time in China series (1991–1993), the Fong Sai-yuk series (1993), Fist of Legend (1994), Hero (2002), Fearless (2006), and The Warlords (2007). His movie career in China is credited with reviving Wushu in Hong Kong martial arts films during the 1990s,[4] and revitalising the Shaolin Temple.[6] Li is also noted for his contribution to making new Wuxia films popular internationally during his career.[7] His most notable non-Chinese films include Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), Romeo Must Die (2000), Kiss of the Dragon (2001), The One (2001), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), and Unleashed (2005). He also starred alongside Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008).

In 2007, he starred in The Warlords, by which he became the highest paid actor in a Chinese-language movie, previously holding the record for his part in Hero.[8]

After a long movie career, in 2007 Li turned to philanthropy. He founded the One Foundation, an independent fundraising foundation in mainland China which mainly focuses on natural disaster relief, environmental protection, medical treatment, education and poverty problems. Since the start of the foundation, Li has been involved with recovery efforts in seven disasters, including the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the 2008 Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan, and the 2013 Lushan earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan.[9][10][11] Li also subsequently founded Taiji Zen, an online health and wellness program providing instruction in meditation and Tai chi.[12]

Movies[change | change source]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1982 Shaolin Temple 少林寺 "Jueh Yuan"
1983 Kids From Shaolin 少林小子 "San Lung"
1986 Born to Defence 中華英雄 "Jet"
Jet Li's directorial debut
Martial Arts of Shaolin 南北少林 "Zhi Ming" aka Shaolin Temple 3: Martial Arts of Shaolin
1988 Dragon Fight 龍在天涯 "Jimmy Lee"
1989 The Master 龍行天下 "Jet"
1991 Once Upon a Time in China 黃飛鴻 "Wong Fei Hung"
Swordsman II 笑傲江湖之東方不敗 "Ling Wu Chung"
1992 Once Upon a Time in China II 黃飛鴻之二男兒當自强 "Wong Fei Hung"
1993 Tai Chi Master 太極張三豐 "Zhang Sanfeng"
aka Twin Warriors (USA)
Fong Sai Yuk 方世玉 "Fong Sai Yuk"
aka The Legend
Fong Sai Yuk II 方世玉續集 "Fong Sai Yuk"
aka The Legend 2
Kung Fu Cult Master 倚天屠龍記之魔教教主 "Cheung Mo-Kei"
aka The Evil Cult
aka Lord of the Wu Tang
aka Kung Fu Master
Last Hero in China 黃飛鴻之鐵雞斗蜈蚣 "Wong Fei Hung"
aka Claws of Steel
aka Deadly China Hero
Once Upon a Time in China III 黃飛鴻之三:獅王争霸 "Wong Fei Hung" aka The Invincible Shaolin
1994 The Bodyguard from Beijing 中南海保鑣 "Allan Hui Ching Yeung" / "John Chang"
aka The Defender
aka Zhong Nan Hai bao biao
Fist of Legend 精武英雄 "Chen Jun"
The New Legend of Shaolin 洪熙官之少林五祖 "Hung Hei-Kwun"
aka Legend of the Red Dragon
1995 High Risk 鼠胆龍威 "Kit Li" aka Meltdown
My Father Is a Hero 給爸爸的信 ""Kung Wei" aka The Enforcer
aka Letter To Daddy
1996 Black Mask 黑俠 "Michael" / "Simon" / "Tsui Chik" / "Black Mask" released 1999 in US
Dr. Wai in "The Scripture with No Words" 冒險王 "Chow Si Kit" aka Adventure King
aka The Scripture With No Words
1997 Once Upon a Time in China and America 黃飛鴻之西域雄獅 "Wong Fei Hung" aka Once Upon A Time In China VI
1998 Hitman 殺手之王 "Fu" aka The Hitman
aka The Contract Killer
Lethal Weapon 4 致命武器4 "Wah Sing Ku"
2000 Romeo Must Die 致命羅密歐 "Han Sing"
2001 The One 最後一強 "Gabe Law" / "Gabriel Yulaw" / "Lawless"
Kiss of the Dragon 龍之吻 "Liu Jian"
Associate Producer
2002 Hero 英雄 "Nameless" Released 2004 in US
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave 同盜一擊 "Su"
2005 Unleashed 不死狗 "Danny"
aka Danny the Dog
2006 Fearless 霍元甲 "Huo Yuanjia"
2007 The Warlords 投名狀 "Pang Qing Yun"
War 玩命對戰 "Rogue" aka "Victor Shaw" aka Rogue Assassin or Rogue
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 "Sun Wukong the Monkey King" / "Silent Monk"
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 盜墓迷城3 "Emperor Han"
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建國大業 "Chen Shaokuan" aka Jian Guo Da Ye (lit. The Great Cause of China's Foundation)
aka Founding of the Nation
aka Lofty Ambitions of Nation Building
2010 Ocean Heaven 海洋天堂 "Sam Wong"
The Expendables 浴血任務 "Yin Yang"
2011 The Sorcerer and the White Snake 白蛇傳說之法海 "Reverend Fahai"
2011 Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 龍門飛甲 "Chow Wai-On"
2012 The Expendables 2 敢死队2 "Yin Yang"
2013 Badges of Fury (The One Detective) 不二神探 Huang Feihong
2014 The Expendables 3 敢死队3 "Yin Yang"
2016 League of Gods 封神榜 "Jiang Ziya"
2017 Gong Shou Dao 功守道 Old Servant Also producer
2020 Mulan 花木蘭 The emperor of China

References[change | change source]

  1. "李连杰20年前移民美国 被证实已经移民新加坡" [Jet Li, emigrated to United States 20 years ago, has been confirmed migrated to Singapore]. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  2. {{Cite web |last=Lines |first=Craig |date=2018-06-06 |title=The Shaolin Temple Movies: The Series That Launched Jet Li's Career |url= [bare URL]
  3. {{Cite web |last=Jr |first=Robert Yaniz |date=2023-02-05 |title=Jet Li Walked Away From 3 of the Biggest Movies in History |url= [bare URL]
  4. 4.0 4.1 {{Cite web |date=2020-11-22 |title=What is wushu, which Jet Li studied and made famous in Hong Kong martial arts movies? |url=[permanent dead link] [bare URL]
  5. "Wushu-ography". Archived from the original on 26 December 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  6. "How Jet Li turned the Shaolin Temple into a kung fu cash cow". South China Morning Post. 2019-06-26. Retrieved 2023-03-06.

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