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Jet Lee


NOME: Jet Li
(in realtà si chiama Lee Lian Je in arte Jet Lee)
DATA DI NASCITA: 26/04/1963
LUOGO DI NASCITA: Beijing, China
PROFESSIONE: Attore, Regista, Sceneggiatore, Produttore

Fuoriclasse delle arti marziali, Jet Li deve il suo successo cinematografico mondiale agli anni passati ad allenarsi insieme al suo maestro Wu Bin. Li Lian Jie, questo il suo nome all'anagrafe, è nato il 26 Aprile 1963 a Beijing in Cina, due anni dopo perde il padre.
All'età di otto anni, viste le sue attitudini atletiche, fu iscritto alla scuola di sport della sua città dove ha cominciato a studiare l'arte di Wushu (il termine cinese per le arti marziali), e dopo tre anni di duro allenamento arriva la sua prima vittoria nazionale nella categoria giovanile. Negli anni successivi vince per quattro volte la medaglia d'oro al Campionato Nazionale Cinese di Wushu, dominando nelle forme di combattimento a mani nude, con la sciabola e con la lancia.
Nel '74 durante un tour mondiale come rappresentante cinese, ha gareggiato in un match a due nel prato della Casa Bianca, di fronte all'allora Presidente Nixon. All'età di 17 anni, dopo aver battuto tutti i record e portato importanti innovazioni nella pratica delle arti marziali, ha lasciato la carriera sportiva per recitare nel film cantonese "The Shaolin Temple", gran successo ai botteghini cinesi e coreani.
Dopo aver recitato, e partecipato alla produzione di altre 24 pellicole cinesi, ed essere diventato un vero eroe nazionale, sbarca in America dove è scritturato per fare il ruolo del cattivo in "Arma Letale 4", con Mel Gibson, per poi interpretare il protagonista in "Romeo deve Morire".
Nell'epoca in cui il cinema hollywoodiano ritorna ad acclamare i film d'azione conditi con combattimenti orientaleggianti, Jet Li viene conteso da diverse major cinematografiche, affermandosi come uno dei migliori attori del genere.
Jet ha celebrato due matrimoni, il primo con Qiuyan Huang, durato dall'87 al '90 e dal quale sono nati due figli, il 19 Settembre 1999, poi, ha sposato Nina Li Chi, con la quale vive attualmente a Los Angeles, insieme alla loro bimba, Jane, nata il 19 Aprile del 2000.

Monica Cabras
(aggiornato al 09/07/03)


Wushu, past and present...

Recently, I was asked to reflect on the difference between the wushu competitions and athletes from my generation compared to the current state of wushu in China.

Wushu works by different rules than it used to. In the 1970's and early 1980's, competitive wushu really existed only in China, and so forms were judged by one set of rules -- one set of standards. Then the authorities wanted to bring wushu to other countries; they formulated a set of international rules for international competitions. These rules are, I think, a little bit easier than the Chinese rules -- or should I say, simplified. I hear now that people mainly compete in three categories: Changquan, Nanquan, Taijiquan. The system today is not as complex as it used to be, when everybody had to compete in broadsword, spear, straight sword, cudgel, and empty-hand forms. Why, in our day, we had to learn all of the Eighteen-Arms*, internal styles, external styles, everything. That was our curriculum. Nowadays, if you want to go to the Olympics, you learn the compulsory forms, and that's it.

I don't want to say either system is better or worse. I can only tell you that the physical quality of the athletes has improved -- and continues to do so steadily. Why is it that new world records seem to be set every year? Because training has become more scientific. Athletes have access to better nutrition, better vitamins, better doctors, sports psychologists, etc. These factors have helped develop the potential of the human body through the medium of sport.

However, I believe that deep inside, wushu is much worse than before. I'm talking about the inside knowledge, the part of wushu that does not involve the physical body. Inner cultivation is the most important part, and it's definitely lacking nowadays. It could be because of the rules. Judges who work by the newer rules will prefer a certain type of performance and reward it with a higher score. As a result, the athletes start training by those rules, and who can blame them? Both the external and internal demonstration of skill are important, but the modern rules don't protect the latter. The most beautiful things in martial arts are not about sport, and they're not about speed. What wushu practitioners need to do is to concentrate more on the internal. They've got to take the time to bring their whole energy together with their mind to finish every movement. The speed nowadays is so fast and the jumps are so high...and yet, the details in between are not perfected at all. Last year, I saw the Beijing Wushu Team when they came to the United States to perform. They have the same problem. I believe the rules are limiting them.

There's no more personal "flavor" anymore. In the past, when we watched people practicing straight sword, you could be sure that ten high-level athletes would display ten different flavors. Even the simple act of "pointing" the sword -- everybody would do the movement with their own individual rhythms -- all technically correct and all distinct.

Now that was flavor! Very tasty!

Nowadays: whrrr whrrr whrrr -- the athletes look like machines. They're moving so quickly, I can barely see what they're doing. And there's no flavor. Wushu is not a race. It shouldn't be like other sports, where the fastest athlete wins. Personally, I like to see different styles and flavors. I like it when martial arts is still an art -- when athletes are artists who develop and perform their distinctive styles. Martial arts has always been about variety and diversity: different styles, different cultures, different states. It used to be that you could tell somebody's birthplace by the way they practiced their wushu: "Oh, this guy's from Shandong Province" or "Look, she must be from Shanxi." We could say that because we knew the styles already. Now, everything has been blurred together; it's become homogeneous. Always, this is the yin and yang of martial arts today. Half and half -- something good, something not so good. There are still areas that can be improved.

* The Eighteen-Arms consist of: sabre, spear, sword, halberd, axe, battle axe, hook, fork, whip, mace, hammer, talon, trident-halberd, cudgel, long-handled spear, short cudgel, stick, and meteor hammer.

Jet Lee

Films che ha interpretato fino ad oggi:

Da Attore :

(2006) Fearless - Huo Yuan Jia
(2005) Danny the Dog - Danny
(2003) Amici per la morte - Su Duncan
(2002) Hero - Nameless
(2001) The one - Gabe Law/Gabriel Yulaw/Lawless
(2001) Kiss of the Dragon - Liu Jian
(2000) Romeo deve morire - Han Sing
(1998) Sat sau ji wong - Fu
(1998) Arma letale 4 - Wah Sing Ku
(1997) C'era una volta in Cina e in America - Wong Fei-Hong
(1996) La vendetta della maschera nera - Michael/Simon/Tsui Chik/Black Mask
(1996) Mo him wong - Chow Si-Kit
(1995) Gei ba ba de xin - Kung Wei
(1995) Shu dan long wei - Kit Li
(1994) Hong Xiguan zhi Shaolin wu zu - Hung Hei-Kwun
(1994) Jing wu ying xiong - Chen Zhen
(1994) Zhong Nan Hai bao biao - Allan Hui Ching-yeung/John Chang
(1993) Fong Shi Yu II: Wan fu mo di - Fong Sai Yuk
(1993) Tai ji zhang san feng - Junbao
(1993) Wong Fei-hung chi tit gai dau neung gung (Come: Jet Lee) - Wong Fei-hung
(1993) Wong Fei-hung tsi sam: Siwong tsangba - Wong Fei-hung
(1993) Yi tian tu long ji zhi mo jiao jiao zhu - Chang Mo Ke
(1993) Fong Sai-Yuk - Fong Sai-Yuk
(1992) Wong Fei-hung ji yi: Naam yi dong ji keung - Huang Feihong
(1991) Wong Fei-hung - Wong Fei-hung
(1991) Xiao ao jiang hu zhi dong fang bu bai - Ling Wu Chung
(1989) Long xing tian xia - Jet
(1988) Long zai tian ya - Jimmy Lee
(1988) Shao Lin Hai Deng da shi -  
(1987) This Is Kung Fu (Video) -  
(1986) Nan bei Shao Lin - Zhi Ming
(1986) Zhong hua ying xiong -  
(1983) Shao Lin xiao zi - San Lung
(1979) Shao Lin tzu - Chieh Yuan


(1986) Zhong hua ying xiong


(2001) Kiss of the Dragon


(2005) Danny the Dog
(2001) Invincible (Film Tv)
(2001) Kiss of the Dragon
(1997) Defender
(1994) Hong Xiguan zhi Shaolin wu zu
(1994) Jing wu ying xiong
(1994) Zhong Nan Hai bao biao
(1993) Fong Shi Yu II: Wan fu mo di
(1993) Wong Fei-hung chi tit gai dau neung gung
(1993) Yi tian tu long ji zhi mo jiao jiao zhu
(1993) Fong Sai-Yuk


Un altro mitico personaggio che ha fatto più film di Jet Lee è
Chan Yuen Lung in arte: JACKIE CHAN