Li Lianjie, better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese-Singaporean film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion. He made his debut with the film Shaolin Temple. Li acquired his screen name in 1982 in the Philippines when a publicity company thought his real name was too hard to pronounce.
About Jet Li in brief
Li Lianjie, better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese-Singaporean film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion. He made his debut with the film Shaolin Temple. He has gone on to star in many international action films, including in French cinema with the Luc Besson-produced films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed. He co-starred in The One and War with Jason Statham, The Forbidden Kingdom with Jackie Chan, all three of The Expendables films with Sylvester Stallone, and as the title character villain in The Mummy: Tomb of the dragon Emperor. He is a master of several styles of wushu, especially Chángquán and Fānziquán. He has also studied other arts including Baguazhang, Taijiquan, Xing Yi Quan, Zui Quan, Ying Zhao Quan and Tanglangquan. He did not learn Nanquan, because his training focused only in the Northern Shaolin Styles. Li was born in Beijing, China and was the youngest of two boys and two girls. When he was two years old, his father died and his family then lived in poverty. Li acquired his screen name in 1982 in the Philippines when a publicity company thought his real name was too hard to pronounce. Some of his more famous Chinese films include: High Risk, where Li plays a Captain who becomes disillusioned after his wife is murdered by crime lords. Along the way, he pairs up with a wacky sell-out actor, Frankie, and proceeds to engage in a series of violent battles in a high-rise building.
This is notable that he chose to make a film with Cheung Jing City’s director Wong Jing, because he had a terrible experience working with Chan’s previous film, Cheung City’s Die Hard. The setting is similar to that of Die Hard and both films are set in a Chinese highrise building in a city called Chongqing. Li is also known for playing the lead role in Zhang Yimou’s Hero, Fist of Legend, and the first three films in the Once Upon a Time in China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung. Li’s first role in a non-Chinese film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4, and his first leading role was as Han Sing in Romeo Must Die. He was asked by President Richard Nixon to be his personal bodyguard. Li replied, ‘I don’t want to protect any individual. When I grow up, I want to defend my one billion Chinese countrymen!’ Li was eight when his talent forWushu was noticed as he practiced at a school summer course. He then attended aNon-sparring wusho event, followed by joining the Beijing Wusho Team which did a martial art display at the All China Games. A very young Li competed against adults, in the Chinese WushU Championships and won fifteen gold medals and one silver medal.