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Introduction

  • Full Name: Li Lianjie, better known by his stage name Jet Li.

  • Birthdate: April 26, 1963.

  • Nationality: Chinese-born Singaporean.

  • Profession: Martial artist, actor, and philanthropist.

  • Notable Works: 'Lethal Weapon 4', 'Romeo Must Die', 'Hero', 'Fearless'.

  • Philanthropy: Founder of the One Foundation, focusing on disaster relief, environmental protection, and education.

  • Health: Suffered from hyperthyroidism, revealed in 2013, and has since recovered.

  • Personal Life: Married to Nina Li Chi with two daughters, Jane and Jada.

Early Life [1]

  • Birthplace: Beijing, China.

  • Family: Youngest of two boys and two girls.

  • Father's Death: His father died when he was two years old, leading to a life of poverty.

  • Early Training: Began training in martial arts at a young age.

  • National Champion: Became the national all-around champion from 1975 to 1979.

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Martial Arts Career [1]

  • Early Competitions: Competed against adults and won national championships at a young age.

  • International Exposure: Part of a delegation that performed in the United States in 1974.

  • Retirement: Retired from competitive wushu at 18 due to a knee injury.

  • Coaching: Became an assistant coach of the Beijing Wushu team.

  • Martial Arts Prowess: His skills contributed to his fame in both China and internationally.

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Acting Career [1]

  • Chinese Films: Started his film career in mainland China and Hong Kong.

  • International Debut: Made his international film debut in 'Lethal Weapon 4' in 1998.

  • Notable Films: 'Romeo Must Die', 'Hero', 'Fearless', 'The Expendables'.

  • Hollywood Success: 'Lethal Weapon 4' grossed over $130 million domestically.

  • Recent Roles: Cast as the Emperor of China in the 2020 live-action movie 'Mulan'.

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Philanthropy [1]

  • One Foundation: Founded in 2007, focuses on disaster relief, environmental protection, and education.

  • Disaster Relief: Involved in recovery efforts for the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and 2013 Lushan earthquake.

  • Red Cross: Philanthropic ambassador of the Red Cross Society of China since 2006.

  • International Red Cross: Appointed as the first Good Will Ambassador in 2010.

  • Commitment: Believes grassroots NGOs can help the government in its blind spots.

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Personal Life [1]

  • First Marriage: Married Huang Qiuyan in 1987, divorced in 1990.

  • Second Marriage: Married Nina Li Chi in 1999.

  • Children: Has four daughters, two from each marriage.

  • Tsunami Experience: Survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami with minor injuries.

  • Citizenship: Renounced US citizenship in 2009 and became a Singaporean citizen.

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Health [1]

  • Hyperthyroidism: Revealed in 2013 that he had been dealing with hyperthyroidism for three years.

  • Recovery: Stated in 2016 that he had recovered from his illness.

  • Health Impact: Reduced film offers due to charity work, not health conditions.

  • Public Appearance: Appeared in public in 2024, confirming he is alive and well.

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Views on Martial Arts [1]

  • Philosophy: Believes the essence of martial arts is inner harmony, not power or speed.

  • Critique: Thinks modern Wushu lacks individuality and has become too mechanical.

  • Real-life Application: Emphasizes peaceful resolutions over using martial arts for self-defense.

  • Film Messages: 'Hero' - suffering of one person vs. a nation, 'Unleashed' - violence is not a solution, 'Fearless' - the biggest enemy is oneself.

  • Martial Arts in Reality: States he has never had to use his martial arts skills in a real-life fight.

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