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Jet Li Sued Over His New Movie

March 27, 2006

BEIJING (AP) _ Jet Li is being sued by relatives of a Chinese kung fu master who say the actor’s new film dishonors and misrepresents the life of Huo Yuanjia.

Li’s name was added to a March 7 lawsuit against producers and distributors of ``Fearless″ because he ``not only played the lead role but participated in the making and production of the movie,″ the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, citing lawyer Yang Zhonghai.

Huo Yuanjia’s grandson, Huo Shoujin, doesn’t want the movie released worldwide, Xinhua said. He also wants ``Fearless″ pulled from theaters in Asia and is demanding a public apology from the filmmakers.

The offices of Wolf-Kasteler, the California-based company that represents Li, were closed Sunday. Li’s screen credits also include roles in ``Cradle 2 the Grave″ and ``Romeo Must Die.″

``Fearless″ traces Huo Yuanjia’s evolution from a vain fighter keen on total domination to one who uses fighting as a means of self-betterment.

Huo Shoujin has claimed it contains numerous fabrications about his grandfather’s life and besmirches his reputation.

The Beijing Film Studio under the China Film Group Corp. and distributor Anle Film Co. are also named in the lawsuit.


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