Jet Li Movie List

Wednesday, April 20 by Annmicha Blugh

This Jet Li movie list is a look at the renowned Chinese martial arts specialist and actor who was introduced to self-defense at age 7 and won major championships early in his life until he became a martial arts master and teacher in his teens. Compared very often to other Chinese actors such as Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, Jet Li managed to make a name for himself. 

  1. "The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" (2011) is a Jet Li movie filmed in Mandarin/ Chinese. Jet Li's role in this movie is that of an army general named Chow Wai On. This dramatic presentation refers to the original story "Dragon's Inn" filmed in 1992. 
  2. "It's Love" (2011) is a Jet Li starred movie whose story is founded on an ancient Chinese legend, "Legend of the White Snake." Jet Li plays the role of an honored Fa Hai. 
  3. "Ocean Heaven" (2010) is a Jet Li drama in which he acts as a father, Sam Wong and Wang Xingchang who has to take care of his autistic son. Jet Li is using this movie to promote his charity dedicated to autistic persons. 
  4. "The Expendables" (2010) has Jet Li acting with Sylvester Stallone as Yin Yang. Belonging to a gang of mercenaries, Li adds an Eastern flavor to the multi-talented gang members. 
  5. "The Founding of a Republic" (2009) is a highly political movie with Jet Li at its helm. The war is between Chinese communists and nationalists, incorporating Chinese history and its achievement of Republicanism. 
  6. "Forbidden Kingdom" (2008) has Jet Li serving in the roles of the monkey king and the silent monk. The monkey king has to be freed from an imprisoning curse but a prophecy foretells his imminent release. 
  7. "The Mummy 3: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor" (2008) tells the story of an evil villain Emperor Han (Jet Li) who threatens earth's peaceful existence by his resurrection through an Egyptian artefact, a diamond.  
  8. "The Warlords" (2007)  narrates the journey of General Pang Qingyun (Jet Li), a historical remake of the assassination of Ma Xinyi during the Chinese Qing dynasty. 
  9. "Fearless" (2006) points to Jet Li who plays Huo Yuanjia, a Chinese martial arts hero who makes his country proud by defeating other foreign nationals in tournaments, inside and outside the ring. 
  10. "Unleashed" (2005) Unleashed (also known as Danny the Dog), is a 2005 American-British-French martial arts action thriller film directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Luc Besson. Film stars Jet Li, Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman and Kerry Condon. It is set in Glasgow.
  11. "Cradle to the Grave" (2003) stars rapper DMX and Asian law enforcement officer Jet Li. Involving international criminal rings and the theft of priceless diamonds, the drama leads to undercover business, kidnapping, and death. 
  12. "Romeo Must Die" (2000) starred Jet Li and supporting actor, Aaliyah. This movie cemented Jet Li's name in American cinema and is considered one of his more famous English-speaking movies. 
  13. "Letha Weapon 4" (1998) demonizes Jet Li as Wah Sing Ku, pitting him against the likes of Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and Chris Rock
  14. "Twin Warriors" (1993) endows Jet Li as young, monkish devotee, Junbao, who has a close, brotherly relationship with Tienbao. However, after compromised integrity, the friends become bitter enemies until one of them dies. 
  15. "Once Upon a Time in China" (1991) is the film that propelled Jet Li in the West and made his name a household one. 
  16. "The Master" (1989) stars Jet Li as himself acts a a defender against a gang who wants to close down kung fu schools so, Jet Li becomes sensei (teacher). 
  17. "Born to Defend" (1986) is the first movie that Jet Li directed and although not a financial success, it gave him some much needed experience. 
  18. "Shaolin Temple" (1982) is a Jet Li movie concerning betrayal within the monkish society. The Shaolin Temple movie expands as a trilogy to include Shaolin Temple 2 (1984) and Shaolin Temple 3 (1986). Shaolin Temple launched Jet Li's acting career. 

-Annmicha Blugh

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