The DVD cover for Jet Li’s The Shaolin Temple. Photo: Twitter

How Jet Li turned the Shaolin Temple into a kung fu cash cow for China

  • Paid just 1 yuan per day, the martial arts superstar was stunned to find ‘there were no monks’ when he turned up to shoot 1982 film
  • ‘After the movie came out the Shaolin Temple became very popular. A lot of tourists, a lot of martial arts schools’
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The DVD cover for Jet Li’s The Shaolin Temple. Photo: Twitter
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Nick Atkin

Nick Atkin

Nick is a production editor on the South China Morning Post's sport desk. He was previously a sports writer for ESPN, and can be found on most days trying to think of ways he can pretend professional wrestling is a sport so that he can write about it.