'Violence Doesn't Solve Anything'

Martial-arts master Jet Li made his name in Once Upon a Time in China and is now the $10-million-per-movie actor. The star of hits such as Lethal Weapon 4, Shaolin Temple and Romeo Must Die, he spoke to TIME recently on the set of Hero, Asia's most ambitious motion picture. Edited excerpts:

TIME: What surprised you about working with director Zhang Yimou?

Jet Li: He's always tried to challenge and change culture through his films. He's always wanted to break the rules. But now, it's different. With this film he's trying to set new rules,...

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