Jet Li, the multi-talented star who counts martial arts, acting and extensive humanitarian work among his many accomplishments, joined CNN's Anjali Rao for a special edition of Talk Asia filmed in front of a live audience in Hong Kong.
He has seen the face of death, poked it in the eyes, cut its arm off, and called it ugly. We're not talking about Brendan Fraser, the 39-year-old Indianapolis-born actor, son of a Canadian tourism official, youngest of four brothers and father of three sons.
Even an army of the undead could not dislodge Batman from his box-office perch. The Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight hauled in $43.8 million to rank as Hollywood's top movie for the third-straight weekend
Western cinema's relationship with martial arts has been a rocky one. Like many genres, kung fu has drifted in and out of fashion, but it has never regained the same popularity as its glorious heyday in the early 1970s.
The movie is bad, and everyone in the screening room knows it. But Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lions Gate Entertainment, isn't fazed. "Just because it sucks doesn't mean we can't make a few bucks with it," he says.
Few could have predicted that Bill Murray, Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler would ever be taken seriously as actors, so hear me out when I say that Will Ferrell, over the next decade, could make a similar transformation.
Why doesn't anyone know how to engineer the successful transition of the finest Asian film exports? Though a few scattered blockbusters make their way to the fore, Hollywood still hasn't been able to truly use the amazing palette of potential talents like Jet Li, Chow Yun Fat, John Woo, Jackie Chan and their ilk.