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THE JET LI VIEWERS' GUIDE

FIST OF LEGEND
If you're going to remake Bruce Lee's Fist Of Fury, you've got to be made of stern stuff. Luckily, Jet Li definitely is. Both historical Hong Kong martial arts movies see their lead, Chen Zhen, taking on the Japanese enemy in the Shanghai International Settlement in during the 1937 Second Sino-Japanese War, but Li knows that he has to go above and beyond the call of duty to match Lee in the action stakes. Somehow he manages it, thanks in part to some seriously impressive hidden wire work and the concerted efforts of Matrix fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. Award-winning cinematographer Derek Wan also deserves a mention, if only for the Jet Li vs. an entire dojo of martial arts students scene – something that has to be seen to be believed.

HERO
The calm, still centre of this modern masterpiece, Li plays the nameless lead in Hero, a film that would eventually become the highest-grossing motion picture in the history of Chinese cinema. One of the finest examples of the lyrical action film style known as Wushu, it has an undeniably flimsy plot, but some of the best acting, writing, direction, sets and costumes you'll ever see in your life, a dazzling trip of light, sound and spinning legs. Truly, wire-aided martial arts have never looked so utterly, wonderfully stunning.

THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
Though Lethal Weapon 4 is ostensibly an action comedy, Jet Li unfortunately plays the villain in it – even kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach at one point – so he doesn't really get the chance to be funny himself. Enter The Forbidden Kingdom, a movie that finally shows the world what it would be like if a dreadlocked Jackie Chan fought a shaven-headed Jet Li… in an '00s wushu meets '80s kids' fantasy meets '70s chop-socky kind-of-way. Some call it kiddie kung fu, and that's fair, but as kiddie kung fu goes, this is some of the best.

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1 NOBODYS FOOL is a masterpiece
forget 12 monkeys and pulp fiction the best work on screen he ever did was this really beauty full dramedy with paul newman in 1994 called NOBODYS FOOL watch it please trust me it will make you fall in love with cinema all over again Read More

Posted on Saturday August 18, 2012, 04:39 by bill the butcher

2 "Dark Angel" aka "I Come In Peace" (US Title)
For the record, Dark Angel with Dolph Lundgren has my favourite movie line of all-time. After Dolph and his partner arrest the alien villain, he promptly self-destructs on the back seat of their cop car. "Did you see that?" Dolph says to partner Brian Benben. "Did I see it?" Benben replies, "it nearly blew my fucking face off!" Read More

Posted on Friday August 17, 2012, 21:27 by BenTramer

3 Stallone's Demolition Man is the funniest film he's ever made, far funnier than his alleged comedies like Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot or Oscar. As for First Blood, I totally agree with Empire that it's "a first-rate, taught action thriller that still doesn't quite get the respect it deserves." First Blood was tainted by unproven association with Hungerford spree killer Michael Ryan. The book of First Blood is even better with many things left out that should have been in the movie and would have improved things even more (but DON'T remake it, please!) Read More

Posted on Friday August 17, 2012, 21:12 by BenTramer

4 DISPUTE DRAMA
WILLIS + DRAMA = SIXTH SENSE Read More

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