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Jet Li Makes Bank

Jet Li Makes Bank

Chinese action star Jet Li (Romeo Must Die and Lethal Weapon 4) will score 100 million yuan ($13 million) for his latest movie, a record for an actor in a Chinese-language film, reports Reuters.

Nearly half of the $40 million budget for The Warlords went to the cast, among whom were Hong Kong heartthrobs Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

“Without Jet Li, we would not dare to invest $40 million in a Chinese-language film,” Xinhua news agency quoted director Peter Chan as saying.

The Warlords, a war epic based on a Qing Dynasty story, is slated for release in Asia in mid-December and in North America from next March.

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  • Tina

    good actor.

  • Steph

    Good for him :) He’s a Bad A** !!! Love his work.

  • Amazing Actor!

  • carmen

    I love all his movies, his a great actor..

  • Carla
  • vicky

    I love the cast of this movie!!!

  • http://WWW.IHATETOMCRUISE.COM Miapocca

    I am sooo watching that..I admire the skill these actors bring to the screen..I think they deserve more respect for their fight scenes than the midgets and damons of this worls..this is some serious shit they do..chuck norris, van damme, BRUCE LEE, jackie chan…these folks deserve a special category in teh academy awards..the award are so snobbis, they nominate all the dram baed movies….fighting on screen and doing it in real life requires a lot more skill plus acting…

  • katrina

    This sounds great…But didn’t Jet Li supposedly retire a while ago? Does anyone know why he changed his mind?

  • Anthony to the S.

    i thought he was done w/ action movies?

  • Eve

    Oh Takeshi Kaneshiro, I’m sooooo going to watch this.

  • mandy

    Big ups to Jet Li
    hehe my surname is Li too :P
    Sooo Gonna watch this movie

  • sueli

    I know these are action movies [was Fearless before or after that announcement, I don't remember], but I love that they also are based on the history of China. Maybe that’s the difference.

    Count me in as so looking forward to this when it is released.

  • Lovejolie~~

    I love this guy!!!

  • ihavenolife

    i think he said he retired from epic movies w/ period costumes, not action movies. not 100% sure though, i think i’ve only seen a couple of his movies.

    on a side note, :lol: @ someone’s comment that chuck norris & van damme deserves academy awards. :P

  • visa fan

    Jet Li,
    Has mastered all but the holy kakapoopy! :)

  • Mikaela

    my bff’s name is Jasmine Li!

  • http://deleted +++

    Jackey Chan , another chinese actor was already making more than that several yrs. ago.

  • http://deleted +++

    He could lived like an emperor with 100 million yuan. I think the minimum wage for a worker was just around 700 yuan ( 100 USD) per month and around 300-350 yuan (50 USD) in the inner land.

  • linda

    Takeshi Kaneshiro is not from Hong Kong. He is Japanese, born and raised in Taiwan.

  • Mary

    Good for him! He’s freaking awesome. He’s wayyyyyy better than Jackie Chan. Jackie’s like a monkey…he doesn’t really do anythign fighting..just alot of running around and skipping off stuff and using stuff to hit people.

    I like +++’s comment about Emporer. puahaha

  • Shango_Hispanico

    Takeshi Kaneshiro is drop dead gorgeous!!

  • ella

    I like jet li.

  • marga

    if takeshi’s in it i’m there! he’s extremely gorgeous!

  • lennie

    I love him, he is not only a great actor, but he is above all a great martial artist and a great buddhist philosopher. I have the deepest respect for people who do get it all: brain, mind and heart.

  • charmant

    takeshi kaneshiro is japanese. (:

  • Nanana

    Jet Li is like the Chinese version of Angelina’s father. Left his wife and 2 toddler daughters for another woman.
    Lucky for Angelina, at least she has a loving and devoting mother, not so for these 2 girls, their mother doesn’t want to raise them either, so Jet’s daughters are raising by his relatives(I am sure he pays them well). Poor girls!

  • amy

    8 katrina : 11/25/2007 at 1:28 pm
    This sounds great…But didn’t Jet Li supposedly retire a while ago? Does anyone know why he changed his mind?

    to answer Katrina, I am guessing he saw the $$ for the paycheck he said, hell with retirement I will act! LOL! Plus he gets to work with an A-list cast, an opportunity no one would dare to pass up. He’s a smart man and a kick ass actor. I can’t wait to see this!

  • omfg

    woot woot! forget about jet li… Takeshi Kaneshiro!!! I’m so gonna watch it!