Total Recall: Jet Li's Best-Reviewed Films

We celebrate the best work of the famed wushu champ and Mummy star.


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1. Fist of Legend
(1994, 100 percent)


Li was already an established star when he signed on for Fist of Legend -- but still, it takes more than a little chutzpah to remake a classic like Bruce Lee's Fists of Fury. Fortunately, the results speak for themselves; at 100 percent on the Tomatometer, Legend is not only Li's highest-rated film, but it's entered the pantheon of established martial arts classics. And for good reason: Although there's plenty of good old-fashioned action, the movie also makes room for a suitably twisty plot, as well as some important themes (including an updated take on the racism that fueled the original) and fight scenes so good that they convinced the Wachowski brothers to hire choreographer Yuen Woo-ping for The Matrix. It isn't his highest-grossing film -- in fact, it was something of a box-office disappointment -- but any argument for Jet Li's status as a martial arts movie superstar should begin with Fist of Legend. "[It's] a marvel to watch," wrote Ryan Cracknell of the Apollo Guide.

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