ROMEO MUST DIE
World-renowned martial arts master and Asian film sensation JET LI (Han Sing) made his English-speaking film debut in the 1998 mega-hit franchise "Lethal Weapon 4." A national treasure in his homeland of China, Li portrayed the villainous Asian crime lord who goes head- to-head with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo and Chris Rock in the Richard Donner film. The role was a complete change of pace for Li, who, in his previous 25 films, had always portrayed the hero.
Li was born in Beijing and enrolled in the Beijing Amateur Sports School for wushu training at the age of eight. His mentor, Coach Wu Bin, designed extra and more rigorous exercises for Li, who demonstrated the natural talent and perseverance required for wushu training.
After three years of intensive instruction, Li won his first national championship
thr the Beijing Wushu Team. As part of a world tour in 1974, he had the distinction of performing a two-man fight t'or President Nixon on the White House lawn.
For the next four years, Li remained the All-Around National Wushu Champion.
He was discovered for films by Director Hsin Yen and offered the starring role in the historical epic "Shaolin Temple," about a young monk whose father is killed by the Emperor's nephew. The film was an enormous success that spawned two sequels and propelled Li into instant stardom.
Li made the leap into Hong Kong films with the critically acclaimed box-office sensation "Once Upon a Time in China" for director Tsui Hark, which vaulted him into superstardom. The film proved so popular that II starred in three of its five sequels, including his last Asian produced film, "Once Upon a Time in China and America."
Now residing in Los Angeles, Li plans to continue working with American filmmakers and studios. Teaming with TBS
Superstation, Alliance Atlantis Communications and Mel Gibson's Icon Productions, he will soon be producing "Invincible," an original telefilm and series pilot. Featuring the ancient martial art
wushu, American audiences can expect spectacularly choreographed, death-defying action sequences in the distinctive Hong Kong
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