Jet Li holds back Fast Kicks for Fatherly Love in OCEAN HEAVEN

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Jet Li holds back Fast Kicks for Fatherly Love in OCEAN HEAVEN
Yep, you read the headline correctly.  In the upcoming Chinese drama Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂), action star Jet Li will perform no martial arts whatsoever.  On the contrary, Li took a pay-cut to his usual high salary for a rare opportunity to stretch his acting chops as a terminally ill father seeking the means to ensure the well-being of his autistic adolescent son.  The heartwarming film marks the directorial debut of Xue Xiaolu, the co-scriptwriter of Chen Kaige's Together, a drama similar in the father & son theme.  Here's the official synopsis:
One person out of every thousand is born with autism. It follows that China has over one million autism patients. David (Wen Zhang) is one of them: he looks absent-minded, repeats other peoples words, swims with amazing ease, keeps everything at home in exact order and maybe he is not totally aware of his mothers death some years ago. Working in an aquarium, Sam Wong (Jet Li) takes tender care of this twenty-two-year-old son of his. With the generous help of the neighbors, the two live happily together. Yet, the father understands very well that in the end, he will have to depart from the world, leaving his son alone and that day will come sooner than everyone is ready to believe.

This film is an ode to a father who is determined to find shelter for his son before it is too late. In the process, the boy achieves a measure of independence necessary for both to let go.
The release date is on June 24th.  You'll find the teaser and trailer (English subtitles included) embedded below.
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Around the Internet 3, 2010 9:44 PM

hmm.mixed feelings on this one. and the first thought is
-why is jet li doing this? to raise awareness of mental issues in china? to promote his goodguy image? this bit where he started clapping for him to take his jumper off seems a bit patronising. elements of rainman...i dont know. maybe if an unknown talented actor made this might be better but then it probably wouldnt get noticed unless a star like li was in the role...keep an eye on this one. i know its supposed to be entertainment, and a weepie to get your cash into their wallets but some kind of realism and consideration for the subject matter would be nice too rather than just another actor who wants to promote his humanitarian 'image'. ah who am i kidding.

James MarshJune 4, 2010 12:26 AM

I'm seeing this on Monday....not thrilled about that.

CashBaileyJune 4, 2010 3:34 AM

He can afford it.

And this seems like the kid of thing he needs to move towards as he gets older.

LoBoJune 4, 2010 10:07 AM

I will see this film. I think Jet is a great actor, so it should be good. He has proved he can be a great actor in several films.

Itto Ogami loses DaigoroJune 4, 2010 10:22 AM

My Father the Hero! I like this change up for Jet Li, I always thought he was a capable actor.

JimmyJune 6, 2010 11:16 AM

Jet Li goes Jackie Chan and make drama's at an older age, hope it's a success.

DangerManAwesomeJune 6, 2010 11:58 AM

Jet Li was brilliant in Unleashed. That movie got a lot of flack for not having enough action in it, but i was very impressed with acting in it. A wild departure from any other role he'd played up to that point.

maybe he is realizing he can't always fight in his old age? Whatever, everyone has to right to do what they want, so i commend him for jumping onto this, and apparently at half his normal salary.