Happy Birthday to Jet Li, to Our Most Favorite International Film Star and Philanthropist
Updated: June 27, 2017
As we all know, Jet Li is one of the representative figures of the martial arts movies, his work combines the power and beauty, which make him from an outstanding Kung fu talent to become a world renowned kung fu martial arts actor, Jet Li always maintains his characteristic style, he is an international film star and also is an philanthropist, his introverted, deep temperament has made him become another martial artist after Bruce Lee, today is Jet Li’s birthday, wishing him happy birthday!
On April 26th, 1963, Jet Li was born in an ordinary worker's family in Beijing, he had two sisters and two brothers. In 1965, Jet Li's father died. In 1971, he started to learn martial arts in Beijing Shichahai Sports School, thus started his martial arts athlete career, In 1972, he took part in the Chinese martial arts competitions and won the Outstanding Performance Prize.
In 1972, Jet Li was chosen to show the martial arts performance at the opening ceremony of " Pan - Asian Table Tennis Championships” in Latin America, after the performance, Li was received by Premier Zhou Enlai.
In 1980, Jet Li was invited to shoot the action films ‘The Shaolin Temple’, the film ‘The Shaolin Temple’ is a 1982 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts film directed by Chang Hsin Yen and starring Jet Li in his debut role, this film spawned a revival of popularity in mainstream martial arts in China, immediately hit in Chinese Kung Fu movie box-office records.
In 1983, Jet Li starred in the martial arts film ‘Kids from Shaolin’, the final box office of this film in Hong Kong reached $22.29 million, by virtue of the successful box office of the two Shaolin movies, Jet Li got the favour of the major studios in Hong Kong at that time.
In 1984, Jet Li starring action film ‘Martial Arts of Shaolin’, in 1986, Jet Li directed the film ‘Born to Defence’ which marked the directorial debut of Jet Li, who also stars in the film. The film features fight choreography by Tsui Siu-Ming.
In 1988, Jet Li starred the Hong Kong action film ‘Dragon Fight’ which was directed by Billy Tang, with a screenplay written by James Yuen.
In 1991, at the invitation of the director Tsui Hark, Jet Li starring action film ‘Once Upon A Time in China’, he played a role of the grandmaster Huang Fei – hong in this film, the box office of this film in Hong Kong reached $29.67 million, this film has also become Jet Li's career turning point which made him receive more attention in Hong Kong cinema.
In 1992, Jet Li starred the film ‘Once Upon a Time in China II’ and Jet Li played a role as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung in the film.
At the same year, Jet Li shoot the film ‘Swordsman II’, also known as The Legend of the Swordsman, is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film very loosely adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer.
In 1993, Jet Li starring action film ‘Fong Sai-yuk’ and served as the producer of the film, the film was selected as one of the “19 best kung fu film in the history" by the American Entertainment Weekly.
Also in 1993, Jet Li starred the film ‘Tai-Chi Master’, a 1993 Hong Kong martial arts film which was directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Jet Li, The film was released in Hong Kong on 18 November 1993.
In 1994, Jet Li starred in three action films, ‘The New Legend of Shaolin’, ‘Fist of Legend’, ‘The Bodyguard from Beijing’.
In 1995, starring the Hong Kong action film ‘My Father Is a Hero’.
In 1997, starring the film ‘Once Upon a Time in China and America’, also known as Once Upon a Time in China VI, is a 1997 Hong Kong martial arts film. The film is the sixth and final installment in the Once Upon a Time in China film series. It also saw the return of Jet Li as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung.
In 1998, Jet starred the American buddy cop action comedy film ‘Lethal Weapon 4’, Jet Li was in his American film debut). And by virtue of this film, Jet Li was nominated for the 8th annual MTV Movie Awards Best Villain. In 2000, Jet Li also starred the Hollywood film ‘Romeo Must Die’, and by virtue of this action movie, Jet Li won the 10th annual MTV Movie Awards nomination for best fight scene.
In 2001, Jet Li starred the film ‘Kiss of the Dragon’ and also served as the film's producer, he designed a part of the plot of the film. The film was made to satisfy Li's fans, who requested more realistic fight scenes
In 2002, starring the martial arts film ‘Hero’, the box office of this film in China reached 250 millions.
In 2003, starring the film ‘Cradle 2 the Grave’, in 2005, starring the film Unleashed, he played the role as Danny.
In 2006, Jet Li starred and produced the action film ‘Fearless’, and by the virtue of this film, he was nominated for best actor at the 28th mass Hundred Flowers Film Award.
In 2008, Jet Li starred the film The ‘Forbidden Kingdom’, which also starred by Jackie Chan.
In June, 2009, Jet Li joined Singaporean citizenship, in December, he was named as the "Asian Heroes " by American Reader's Digest. In 2010, Jet Li starred the film ‘Ocean Heaven’, aChinese-Hong Kong drama film starring martial arts superstar Jet Li in his first full drama role.
In 2011, starring the film ‘The Sorcerer and the White Snake’, it was an action fantasy film directed by Ching Siu-tung, It is based on the Chinese legend, Legend of the White Snake. The film was shown out of competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival on 3 September 2011.
In 2012, Jet Li cooperated with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason statham, star in an action film ‘Expendables 2’.
In 2014, Jet Li starred in the film ‘The expendables 3’, in 2016, starring the film ‘League of Gods’, a Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film.
Actually, Jet Li's success not only stems from his strong martial arts skills, but also from his personality charm, his poor origins created him resolute strong character. From an international film star to a philanthropist, Jet Li had not only made great achievements in his career, but also make a positive contribution to society, and also won the wide acclaim from the world community.