Li Lianjie; born 26 April 1963, well known by his English platform name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a enfranchised Singaporean citizen.
After three years of concentrated physical activity with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After reticent from Wushu at age 19, he went on to win inordinate approval in China as an actor creating his entrance with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in sundry disapprovingly much-admired martial arts epic films, most particularly the Once Upon A Time In China series, in which he represented folk hero Wong Fei-hung.
Li’s first part in a Hollywood film was as an anti-hero in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), and his first prominent character in a Hollywood film was as Han Sing in Romeo Must Die (2000).
Li as a Buddhist trusts that the problems of everyday life can be overwhelmed with the assist of religious philosophies. He thinks that celebrity is not something he can control; therefore, he does not maintenance about it.
According to Li, the whole thing he has always wanted to tell the world can be originate in three of his films: the message of Hero is that the anguish of one person can never be as important as the suffering of a nation; Unleashed shows that violence is never a solution and Fearless tells that the biggest opponent of a person is himself. Li thinks that the utmost weapon is a smile and the largest power is love.
About Wushu, Li said that he trusts the spirit of martial arts is not power or speed but innermost synchronization and considers it a sad expansion that today’s Wushu championships place better importance on form than on the quintessence of being a martial artist. He trusts Wushu now lacks individuality and competitors move like machines, whereas according to his views Wushu should not be measured a race where the fastest athlete wins. He would like to see Wushu as a form of art, where artists have a characteristic style. Li blames the new competition rules that, according to him, place limitations on martial artists.
Li believes that Wushu is not chiefly for self-defence and in its place of trying to play the hero people should think about nonviolent resolutions of battles and call the police if necessary: “A gun outdoes years of martial arts training in a split second. Like I’ve said many times before, it is important to differentiate between movies and reality. The hero in movies may be able to knock the gun off his opponent and save the day, but in real life – probably that is not the case.” He has also stated that he has never had to use his martial arts skills in a real life fight and he does not wish to, either.
“I never say to myself I’m the best fighter in the world. If someone learns martial arts solely to pick fights on the street, to lean on it as a keystone weapon in conflicts, to use it to bully and intimidate others – then that person, in my opinion, cannot be considered a true martial artist.”