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PizDoff
12/18/2005 3:03pm,
Jet Li gives kung fu films the chop

Actor and kung fu expert Jet Li says he's given up the martial arts genre for more sensitive fare, Shanghai newspapers have reported.

Li told students at the elite Fudan University that the forthcoming film Fearless, the story of Chinese martial arts pioneer Huo Yuanjia, was his last film of the type because he wants to make more philosophical and family-oriented movies, the Youth Daily said.

"I've said more than once that this will be my last martial arts film," the paper quoted Li, 42, as saying.

Li said future projects could include another collaboration with Frenchman Luc Besson, who wrote this summer's Unleashed, in which Li starred with Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins, along with Li's 2001 hit Kiss of the Dragon.

However, Li added that he was in talks about more than 20 Hollywood productions and will "shoot whichever one comes to fruition first".

Li has starred in hit movies such as Cradle 2 the Grave alongside rapper DMX, Romeo Must Die, which co-starred the late R&B singer Aaliyah and Lethal Weapon 4 opposite Mel Gibson.

Jet Li was a Wu Shu martial art world champion.

Fearless is due for release next year.
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Neildo
12/19/2005 7:37pm,
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!


I like Jet Li movies. Even if the Martial arts are faked, and the script sucks, and the direction is poor, I like them. Wah.

SifuAbel
12/19/2005 9:44pm,
make more philosophical and family-oriented movies, the Youth Daily said.


Which is spin-speak for more self-sacrificing pro-govenment communist party propagnda bullshit like his last wujia film "Hero". If this is what He's got planned, good riddance.

bdweezil6998
12/20/2005 4:40am,
Yeah, he should give it up. I mean, we'd all pay to see him do Shakespeare, right?

SifuAbel
12/20/2005 5:16am,
That would be a riot.

Jekyll
12/20/2005 10:27am,
Which is spin-speak for more self-sacrificing pro-govenment communist party propagnda bullshit like his last wujia film "Hero". If this is what He's got planned, good riddance.
I thought he'd fallen in with a bunch of budhists. I'm sure I read somewhere that he'd tried to give up his career to become a monk and the abott had told him, he should go on spredding the word of budha by kicking arse cinematically (and incidentally earning shitloads of money) before he does give up all his wealth to the temple and become a monk.

I love all the pro-communist propeganda in shoddy kung-fu films. I find it hillarious.

OZZ
12/20/2005 6:58pm,
I really liked Kiss Of the Dragon. The fight scene between JL and that big black guy is pretty cool.

Thaiboxerken
12/20/2005 7:03pm,
This is career suicide for him. Oh well, if this doesn't work, maybe he'll get into politics.

JohnnyCache
12/20/2005 7:13pm,
he's also like, 42, and might not want to be the next Segall puttering around in vehicles like the patriot when he could go out in top form.

SifuAbel
12/20/2005 7:24pm,
Naww, Segal could still be going strong in his later career if he didn't gain 100 pounds of booze weight. Thats his own fault. Li could be a Gordon Liu if he wanted to. There are other reasons.

Neildo
12/20/2005 7:32pm,
I saw some Van Damme and Seagal pre-ownded DVD's for $10 bucks yesterday. It's funny how they used to be Hollywood bockbuster super-stars, and now they make B-movie trash.

edit: OWNDED!

chaosexmachina
12/20/2005 10:09pm,
I don't think Cradle 2 the Grave was a hit movie. But it did have Randy and Chuck in it, + others.

Neildo
12/20/2005 10:18pm,
Has he ever had a real hit movie?

Romeo must die (filmed here fergawdssake)
The one (uh....lame)
Kiss of the Dragon (good action, Bridget fonda sucks)
Cradle 2tG (i hate the title)

Lethal Weapon 4 doesn't count 'cuz he wasn't the big name on the bill. That's all Mel.

(edit: I only listed the North american releases because there are too many chinese ones to list, and I haven't seen them all)

C2tG has a dope-ass soundtrack. That's about all it had going for it.
wait...wasn't DMX in that one too?

Omar
12/21/2005 12:06am,
Like you just said:


(edit: I only listed the North american releases because there are too many chinese ones to list, and I haven't seen them all)


He has had endless REAL HIT MOVIES.

The world does not consist of America only. The first Wong Fei Hung movie the he did with Tsui Hark was a mega-blockbuster as was "Fist Of Legend" and many others that never got dubbed in rereleased in English. He put the fucking Shalin Temple on the map my man. If it wasn't for his 1982...83? edition of "Shaolin Temple" it's entirely possible that the temple would still have a population of about 3 instead of being a govt. appointed cultural treasure and China's equivalent to Disneyland.

Jet Li's impact on Chinese martial arts film is probably only second to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Neildo
12/21/2005 12:18am,
The world does not consist of America only. The first Wong Fei Hung movie the he did with Tsui Hark was a mega-blockbuster as was "Fist Of Legend" and many others that never got dubbed in rereleased in English. He put the fucking Shalin Temple on the map my man. If it wasn't for his 1982...83? edition of "Shaolin Temple" it's entirely possible that the temple would still have a population of about 3 instead of being a govt. appointed cultural treasure and China's equivalent to Disneyland.

Jet Li's impact on Chinese martial arts film is probably only second to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

I know. I hope I didn't offend you. I like Jet Li. If I had some endless Jet Li movie resource, I would spend my days watching Jet Li movies instead of uh....y'know, whatever else. I'd get a chinese-english dictionary and teach myself chinese with Jet Li movies.

I have once upon a time in china 2 and 9 on VCD. I like 2, 9 is weird.

Thaiboxerken
12/21/2005 12:25am,
Like you just said:



He has had endless REAL HIT MOVIES.

The world does not consist of America only..

Yea, but the only movies that count are the ones that do well in the USA.