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Jet Li Movies

As the third biggest international martial arts movie star of all time, Jet Li (Mandarin: Lee Lian-jie) was also the first actor from Communist China to conquer Hollywood. Jet Li accomplished this feat by excelling in what at the time was cultural contraband in Communist China—martial arts.

For example, Jet Li’s first major cinema production, The Shaolin Temple (1982), was China’s first kung fu film since the 1949 Communist takeover. The movie inspired millions of people to visit the remains of the original Shaolin Temple. The Chinese government responded by warning the public that it was unnecessary for the Chinese people to learn self-defense. Eventually, the Shaolin Temple doors would reopen and the sport of wushu would spread worldwide.

What’s interesting to note is that despite his influence on the martial arts, Jet Li does not consider himself to be a martial artist. Because his training in wushu lacked philosophical teachings and an official code of martial ethics, he generally admits to being an athlete, instead.

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  1. Classics of Martial Arts Cinema: Hero, Starring Jet Li and Donnie Yen

    Classics of Martial Arts Cinema: Hero, Starring Jet Li and Donnie Yen