Jet Li

(Shaolin Temple)

Jet Li
Jet Li
  • Born: April 26, 1963
  • Nationality: Singaporean, American, Chinese
  • Profession: Actor, Martial Artist, Director, Film Producer, Author

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The fame gained by his sports winnings led to a career as a martial arts film star, beginning in mainland China and then continuing into Hong Kong. Li acquired his screen name in 1982 in the Philippines when a publicity company thought his real name was too hard to pronounce. They likened his career to an aircraft, which likewise "takes-off" as quickly, so they placed the name Jet Li on the movie posters. Soon everybody was calling him by this new name, which was also based on the nickname, "Jet," given to him as a young student, due to his speed and grace when training with the Beijing Wushu team. He made his debut with the 1982 film Shaolin Temple. Some of his more famous Chinese films include:

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A weapon isn't good or bad, depends on the person who uses it.
And lot of Asian audiences and reporters don't like me to act as a bad guy. But I think I want to become an actor, I want to try different way.
Bruce Lee was very famous. I watched his movies and he is amazing. He is a martial arts master, his philosophy, his movement, both physically and mentally, were very strong. Fame ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Even when I use a word in the wrong order in a sentence, I get mad. It's very stressful.
Every President that went to China, I would meet them and have dinner and talk about the past and the future. That was in the '70s. Future
Everywhere I go, I still have time to meditate. People think meditating is sitting there, nobody bothering you, but you can even talk and still meditate. Time
Hero shows you how to solve the problem - yourself.
Hong Kong film audiences are very quiet. It's their culture.
I am so happy because I want more people to like martial arts movie not just martial arts audience. Even martial arts can be used in comedy, in drama, in horror movies, in different kinds of movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other. Families, Children & Parenting
I can feel very brave through all the action scenes in front of the people who are on the set, but when a girl comes close to me my face turns red because I'm so shy.
I can watch CNN on television or the Internet to find out what happened in Hong Kong ten minutes ago. After all, it doesn't matter where something is made, we're all part of the same big family now. Families, Children & Parenting
I didn't go to normal children school. I went to sports school when I was 8. So I studied martial arts. Sports & Athletics
I do some of my stunts for the things I have learned. But if it is for something I have never learned, then I use a double.
I have met Jackie Chan about 6 times up 'til now... and even though many people think we are natural enemies, I personally think he is a cool bloke and would honestly love to work with him in a film one time - that would a well brilliant movie! Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I knew nothing about martial arts. The coach told me I was talented with learning martial arts, and put me in a school. Three years later I got my first championship in China. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I need to talk about Chinese culture. We have deep, strong philosophy and culture. I want to share some information, tell the worldwide audience.
I never stopped studying Buddhism. In the past few years, in between movies, I do a retreat. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I remember when I was 11, I did some Kung-fu demonstrations in Hong Kong in 1974.
I spend more time learning about Buddhism than English, which is why my English today is still bad. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
I stepped into the martial arts movie market when I was only 16.
I stepped into the martial arts movie market when I was only 16. I think I have proved my ability in this field and it won't make sense for me to continue for another five or 10 years.
I study more of truth and enlightening. I had to go the next level to talk about life. Truth ;Life
I think Ang Lee is a very, very talented director. He used martial arts to talk about love and girl, you know... But Zhang Yimou tried to use martial arts film to talk about Chinese culture, Chinese people. What do they think, what do they want and what do they hope the world will become. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Hope
I think 'Hero' is not a real martial arts movie; it is not about violence, or formula.
I think the most important is when I was young, I learnt martial arts; that is my special key.
I want to thank my mum, my daddy, my coach, my teacher, everybody in my life. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
In the States, you can buy Chinese food. In Beijing you can buy hamburger. It's very close. Now I feel the world become a big family, like a really big family. You have many neighbors. Not like before, two countries are far away. Families, Children & Parenting ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I've been learning martial arts since I was 8 years old. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Jackie Chan is a very good comedy/martial arts star. He does one kind of martial arts that Jet Li doesn't know how to do and Jet Li does a martial art that Jackie Chan doesn't know how to do. You can both go to two Chinese restaurants, but both can have different kinds of food. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Jackie Chan is a very good comedy/martial arts star. He does one kind of martial arts that Jet Li doesn't know how to do, and Jet Li does a martial art that Jackie Chan doesn't know how to do. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Love is more powerful than kicking ass. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My manager introduced me to the 'Rise to Honor' team. I was curious about what it took to be involved in video games, a completely new form of entertainment to me.
My wife is the boss at home, and my daughters are the bosses. I am just the worker. We are a very warm family and very happy. Families, Children & Parenting
My wife wanted my children to have some Chinese culture and education. She believes the children need to learn two languages and two cultures. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
People would come to me and say, 'Jet, your Kung Fu is pretty good, do you want to be an action star when you grow up?' At 17, I was given the script and I went to make the movie.
This film 'Hero' talks about the peace of Chinese people. War & Peace
Usually action films have a formula: good guy gets in trouble, his wife dies, friends have problems, so he goes to the mountain, learns martial arts, comes back, and kills the bad guy.
Watching movies in the U.S. is great fun because they get every joke, they smile, they laugh so much; it's a great feeling. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I lived in Hong Kong, I felt that Hong Kong is my family. Families, Children & Parenting
When I was 8 years old, I knew nothing about martial arts. The coach told me I was talented with learning martial arts, and put me in a school. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
While films are a very visual and emotional artistic medium, video games take it one step further into the realm of a unique personal experience.
Working on a film, the setup for an action sequence takes a long time, and we need to shoot the scene many times to get different angles. Time
Wushu is a move in Chinese, a physical move. An attack. Wushu is like an art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
You can beat me up, but don't touch my hair, I will kill you!
You can use martial arts to tell a different story. Ang Lee used martial arts in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' to talk about love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Zhang is a friend of mine: he said forget about acting and just do normal things in the movie.
Zhang Yimou is an artist. Sometimes we did only two or three shots a day because we were waiting for the sun.
Zhang Yimou is one of the best directors on mainland China.
Zhang Yimou tried to use martial arts to talk about Chinese culture, Chinese people. What do they think, what do they want and what do they hope. Hope