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Creator / Jet Li

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"Love is more powerful than kicking ass."

Wushu master and heir to Bruce Lee's crown as king of kung fu movies. Jet Li (real name Li Lianjie, born April 26, 1963) spent some years as one of the world's most well-known exponents of Wire Fu, before making a move to more brutal fighting styles after heading west to try his luck in Hollywood.

His films include:


Tropes applicable to him:

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Some of his roles.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: His fighting style on-screen is typically Bruce Lee-inspired, and like Lee himself did, Li actually dismisses it as Awesome, but Impractical. In fact, Jet has acknowledged that despite his wins in wushu tournaments, he has zero real fighting experience, and that any of the MMA fighters he faces in Cradle 2 the Grave could beat him in seconds.
  • Chaste Hero: Most of his protagonists are either too honorable and/or too focused on the main plot to bother with romance.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: For the Playstation 2 game Rise To Honor, Li gave his likeness, his motion-capture performance, and voice performance for his character Kit Yun.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • He's really fast. Even when doing Tai Chinote . And he'll put just enough pressure behind it to make you feel it without injuring you. Brendan Fraser put it best in his The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor interview:
    "We got into position, then Action! I didn't even see it, his leg just went BOOM! *doubles up while holding his left ribcage* Not hard enough to knock me out, but enough to make me go whoof!"
    • During filming of Lethal Weapon 4, Richard Donner had to tell him to slow down, as the cameras weren't able to register his moves. And they still ended up having to use some slow motion.
  • Martial Pacifist:
    • Most of his other roles.
    • This is also a fair description of him in Real Life. Despite being one of the biggest badasses in all of media, he's actually a pretty hardcore Buddhist who's gone so far as to say that those who view martial artistry as a weapon are not true martial artists.
  • Nice Guy: Started a charity after he escaped the 2006 tsunami. Also tends to play this type of characters before he moved to Hollywood.
  • Shown Their Work: Despite the artistic license mentioned above, as a trained martial artist Li's moves have a real sense of weight and deadly force (pick any Jet Li movie and note how he doesn't over-extend himself, re-centers after every move, and doesn't present a weak spot to an enemy except as a Defensive Feint Trap); Jet Li movies that feature Wire Fu and the flashier (i.e. impossible in real life) stuff are explicitly set in fantasy or sci-fi settings.


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