Jet Li to lay down his wushu for Paradise (updated)

Jet LiOne of the things I keep forgetting about Jet Li is that he’s actually more than just a kung fu star. Luckily, his next Chinese-language project will help me remember.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Li will star with Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-mei in an Edko Films production written by Chinese screenwriter Xue Xiao-lu (and he’ll be taking on directing duties for the first time, too) for a film known as Ocean Paradise.

Clifford Coonan from Variety added later on that film would be “set in the harbor city of Qingdao and focuses on father-son relationships.”

At 43, both Li and Ip Man star Donnie Yen (who at 46 noted that he wanted to stop doing action movies in four years) are at the right age to have chosen retirement from action films and it’s my sincere hope that both men can transition their abilities into a new place in the entertainment world.

And yet, I can’t help but wonder: who is the next great Asian movie star going to be?

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 06:27 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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