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Jet Li: The big Movies List


Amazon.com Black Mask (1996)
[rating: 7/10]
[aka: Lost Empire, The]


Bodygaurd from Beijing (1994)
[rating: 8/10]


Born to Defense (1986)
[rating: ?/10]
[aka: Born to Defend]


Amazon.com Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
[rating: 7/10]

Released in Spring 2003, this movie was directed by the Director of Romeo Must Die. Although I didn't see this movie in the theater, now that I've had a chance to see it on DVD I enjoyed it. The action is well done and not over-the-top like some of the stuff in Romeo Must Die appeared. For a fan of Jet Li you should definatly buy it anyway for your collection. If your not a fan, it's still an enjoyable rent.


Dr. Wai and the Scripture with No Words (1996)
[rating: 6.5/10]


Dragon Fight (1988)
[rating: ?/10]
[aka: Dragon Kickboxer]


Amazon.com Fist of Legend (1994)
[rating: 10/10]


Amazon.com Fong Sai Yuk (1993)
[rating: 9/10]
[aka: Legend, The; Legend of Fong Sai Yuk, The]


Amazon.com Fong Sai Yuk II (1993)
[rating: 8.5/10]
[aka: Legend 2, The; Legend of Fong Sai Yuk 2, The]


Amazon.com Hero (2002)
[rating: 10/10]

For a movie that was released in 2002, it's very nice to finally see this movie on the big screen here in the US. It has been a long time coming. With delays and delays I am very happy it was finally released. I think we owe Mr. Tarantino a big hand for pressuring Miramax to release this gem. This movie made it through the dirty hands of Miramax far better than Shaolin Soccer. So while it's in the theaters, go see this masterpiece. If you havn't heard of it yet, I'm shocked... Go see it now!


High Risk (1995)
[rating: 8/10]

To sum up this movie in one phrase you could say it's "The Chinese Version of Die Hard." Many people relate this movie to Die Hard because both take place when several hostages are taken in a skyscraper and Jet Li saves the day. Of course there is much more comedy in this than Die Hard. Jet Li teams up with Jackie Chueng who is a genious in his own way. Although this movie starts out on a very serious note that you just can't believe and your ready to change your mind that you want to see it. By the end of the next post-title scene you will be laughing and starting to forget what just happened. They lighten up the mood and get ready for the more violent action at the end of the movie.

All in all, a very enjoyable movie. Be prepaired to be shocked at the first and you will enjoy the rest of the movie!


Hitman (1998)
[rating: 8.5/10]


Kids from Shaolin (1983)
[rating: 8/10]


Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
[rating: 7/10]


Kung Fu Cult Master, The (1993)
[rating: 7.5/10]

A fantasy adventure in tune with the likes of Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain. This production features a great cast with the likes of Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, Sammo Hung and more.


Last Hero in China (1993)
[rating: 8/10]


Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
[rating: 7.5/10]


Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
[rating: 7/10]


Master, The (1989)
[rating: 7.5/10]

The main reason why I like this movie is the same reason others don't. This movie was directed and produced by Tsui Hark, who has produced and directed many of my favorite Hong Kong movies. While this is a bit rough around the edges compared to his other work, it has a certain charm.

A disgruntled kung-fu student terrorizes many of the kung-fu schools that he has been thrown out of. As a result, one of the kung-fu masters calls on his former students from Hong Kong to help him take revenge.

Jet Li was reluctant to come to the US to help his master. They both are "doctors" and apparently decendants of Wong Fei Hung as the medicine shop they own is Po Chi Lam (Watch Once Upon a Time in China for an explaination if you do not already know of the famous Wong Fei Hung). As the box description above states a disgruntled student who was refused classes by Jet's master comes back for revenge. This guy is a low blow, under the belt player out for revenge. While it is not my favorite Jet Li movie, it is an excellent show of kung fu skill (even amongst the other silly bits).


My Father is a Hero (1995)
[rating: 8.5/10]


New Legend of Shaolin, The (1994)
[rating: 8.5/10]


Amazon.com Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
[rating: 10/10]


Amazon.com Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
[rating: 7.5/10]


Amazon.com Once Upon a Time in China III (1993)
[rating: 7.5/10]


Amazon.com Once Upon a Time in China and America (1993)
[rating: 10/10]


One, The (2001)
[rating: 8/10]


Romeo Must Die (2000)
[rating: 7.5/10]


Shaolin Temple (1979)
[rating: 10/10]

In many ways this is my favorite Jet Li movie. This movie has the most beautifully framed scenes with the kung fu skill blended perfectly. There is no wire-fu so if that is something that bothers you in the many kung fu movies that use it this movie is perfectly suited for you. The movie's story follows or perhaps helped develop the standard Kung Fu movie plot. A young boy, played by Jet Li himself, looses his dad who was killed by one of the bad guys. The young boy ends up at a Shaolin Temple where they help nurse him back to health. He decides he wants to learn kung fu so he can avenge his fathers death, but is this really the way of Budda?

I highly recommend this movie to anybody who loves the kung fu genre. This movie is in the top 10 of traditional kung fu movies.


Swordsman II (1991)
[rating: 9/10]


Tai Chi Master, The (1993)
[rating: 8/10]


Amazon.com War (1993)
[rating: 8/10]

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