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Jet Li



Following closely on Jackie Chan's well-calloused heels as one of the most dazzling physical performers of the silver screen, Jet Li's lightning-fast moves, friendly sense of humor, and genuine concern for his fans have endeared him to a generation of international action-film lovers as one of the most respected figures in martial arts cinema.

The youngest of five siblings (consisting of two brother and two sisters) whose father died when he was only two years old, one might say that the painfully honest momma's boy has, since reaching adulthood, slightly overcompensated for his admittedly over-protected childhood (the future daredevil didn't even learn how to ride a bicycle until in his early teens). Sent during summer recess to what is now referred to as the Beijing Sports and Exercise school, Li was fatefully assigned to the wushu class and was one of a mere handful of students asked to return when the season ended and students filed back into classrooms in the fall. An exceptionally adept wushu student despite being only eight years of age, the experience boosted the confidence of the shy youth despite urges to join his classmates in after-school play. Leaving home for the first time the following year to attend competition, Li took first place at the event and was concurrently given the honor of performing at the opening ceremony of the eagerly anticipated Pan-Asian-African-Latin American Table Tennis Championships, an honor which also included the youth receiving personal praise from none other than Premier Zhou Enlai.

No longer required to attend conventional schooling, the young wonder was admitted to a rigorous sports school. Eventually remaining with a group that consisted of 20 of China's finest young wushu practitioners, the students were then put through another kind of training entirely -- this time of the Western etiquette persuasion -- for an extremely important goodwill tour of the United States. Despite a potentially embarrassing international incident in which the overly excited youngster expressed his excitement when he spotted what he thought was a Chinese airplane in Hawaii (the plane was actually Tawianese, an extremely sensitive and important distinction at the time) and travels with a heavily guarded entourage, the journey went fairly well and gave Li a newfound sense of independence. Winning the coveted All-China Youth Championships upon his return to China provided Li with his first national championship title, though it was only a prelude to a slew of awards to come including a bloodied performance at the qualifying round of China's National Games, during which Li accidentally cut his head with his saber (the determined youngster didn't even realize what had happened, assuming he was simply perspiring, until his form was nearly finished). Despite his serious injury, the 12-year-old Li went on to win first place in the National Games to the amazement of the enraptured crowd.

Competing frequently in the following years and surviving a close brush with death in a faulty cargo plane (the passengers were literally given pads of paper to write out their wills), Li was later appointed to an official welcoming committee for American presidents due to his previous contributions to positive Sino-American relations. Later attempting to live up to his title of "All-Around Wushu Champion of China," the 16-year-old who many referred to as all capable decided to do all he could to live up to the title by internalizing his understanding of the wushu practice through philosophy. Operating on the basic principle of Taiji (similar to yin/yang in the balance/counterbalance theory), Li began an internal voyage that would be just as rewarding as the physical labors he had so diligently pursued.

Breaking into the world of film with an exciting performance in 1979's Shaolin Temple, Li's screen presence was undeniable and ignited a boom in the kung-fu film industry during the 1980s. Though he

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet League Of Gods (Feng Shen Bang)
  • Actor
2016
32% The Expendables 3
  • Yin Yang
2014
31% Bai she chuan shuo (The Sorcerer and the White Snake)
  • Fa Hai
2013
No Score Yet Bu er shen tan (Badges of Fury)
  • Huang
2013
68% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  • Chow Wai-On
2012
66% The Expendables 2
  • Yin Yang
2012
No Score Yet Ocean Heaven (Haiyang tiantang)
  • Actor
2010
41% The Expendables
  • Yin Yang
2010
65% Warlords (Tau ming chong)
  • General Pang Qingyun
2010
No Score Yet Ultimate Force of Four
  • Actor
2009
100% Jing wu ying xiong (Fist of Legend)
  • Producer
  • Chen Zhen
2008
12% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Emperor Han
2008
65% The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Monkey King/Silent Monk
2008
14% War (Rogue Assassin)
  • Rogue
2007
73% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)
  • Huo Yuanjia
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2006
65% Danny the Dog
  • Danny
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Jet Li and the Legend of Wong Fei Hun
  • Actor
2005
95% Hero
  • The Warrior
2004
No Score Yet Chop-Socky: Cinema Hong Kong
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Legend of Kung Fu Hero
  • Actor
2004
26% Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Su Duncan
2003
No Score Yet Tai Chi Master
  • Actor
  • Producer
2003
No Score Yet Modern Warriors
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Contract Killer
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Invincible
  • Executive Producer
2001
14% The One
  • Gabe/Yulaw/Lawless
2001
51% Kiss of the Dragon
  • Liu Jian
2001
88% Once Upon a Time in China
  • Wong Fei-hung
2001
33% Romeo Must Die
  • Han Sing
2000
52% Lethal Weapon 4
  • Wah Sing Ku
1998
No Score Yet Hitman
  • Fu
1998
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China and America
  • Wong Fei Hung
1997
48% Black Mask
  • Tsui Chik
1997
No Score Yet Dr. Wai In The Scriptures With No Words
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Dr. Wai in 'The Scripture with No Words' (Adventure King)(Mo him wong)
  • Chow Si-Kit/Dr. Wai
1996
No Score Yet Top Fighter
  • Actor
1995
54% Gei ba ba de xin (My Father is a Hero) (Jet Li's The Enforcer)
  • Kung Wei
1995
No Score Yet High Risk
  • Kit Li
1995
No Score Yet Zhong hua wu shu (This Is Kung Fu)
  • Actor
1994
71% Zhong Nan Hai bao biao (The Defender) (The Bodyguard from Beijing)
  • Hui Ching
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet Legend of the Red Dragon
  • Hung Hei-Kwun
1994
No Score Yet Jet Li's The New Legend of Shaolin
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Shaolin Kung Fu
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Fong Shi Yu II: Wan fu mo di (The Legend 2)(The Legend II)
  • Fong Sai Yuk
1993
67% Wong Fei-hung chi tit gai dau neung gung (Deadly China Hero) (Claws of Steel) (Last Hero in China)
  • Wong Fei Hong
1993
No Score Yet Lord of the Wu Tang (Kung Fu Master) (Yi tian tu long ji: Zhi mo jiao jiao zhu) (The Evil Cult)
  • Actor
1993
63% Once Upon a Time in China 3 (Wong Fei Hung ji saam: Si wong jaang ba)
  • Wong Fei-Hung
1993
No Score Yet The Legend (Fong Sai Yuk)
  • Actor
1993
89% Fong Sai Yuk (The Legend)
  • Fong Sai-yuk
1993
No Score Yet Kung-fu master!
  • Producer
  • Chang Mo Kei
1993
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China: The Next Chapters
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Dragons of the Orient
  • Actor
1993
71% The Legend of the Swordsman (Xiao ao jiang hu zhi: Dong Fang Bu Bai) (Swordsman II)
  • Ling Wu Chung
1992
93% Once Upon A Time In China II
  • Wong Fei-hung
1992
No Score Yet Swordsman II
  • Ling Wu Chung
1992
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China 1, 2 & 3
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Huang Fei Hong jiu er zhi long xing tian xia (The Master)
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Long Zai Tian Ya
  • Lee Kwok-lap
1988
No Score Yet Dragons of the Orient
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Abbot Hai Teng of Shaolin
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Born to Defense
  • Actor
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Martial Arts of Shaolin
  • Zhi Ming
1985
86% Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master)
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Shao Lin xiao zi (Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin)
  • Tin Lung
1984
No Score Yet The Shaolin Temple
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Ninja Warriors
  • Actor
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest

Quotes from Jet Li's Characters