Jiro Wang

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Jiro Wang
JIROWANG.jpg
Fahrenheit's concert in Hong Kong, 2009
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Wāng Dōngchéng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Wong1 Dung1-sing4 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Ong Tang-sêng (Hokkien)
Birth name
Wang Tung Ch'eng
Origin Republic of China (Taiwan)
Born (1981-08-24) 24 August 1981 (age 33)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) Wang Da Dong
Occupation Actor, Singer, Model
Genre(s) Mandopop
Instrument(s) Guitar
Voice type(s) Baritone, Tenor
Label(s) HIM International Music
WOW Music (HK)
Pony Canyon (Japan)
Years active 2001–present (modeling)
2004–present (acting)
2005–present (singing)
Associated acts Fahrenheit
Dong Cheng Wei
Parents Father (Deceased)
Official Website Fahrenheit@HIM International Music

Jiro Wang (traditional Chinese: 汪東城; simplified Chinese: 汪东城; pinyin: Wāng Dōngchéng; Wade–Giles: Wang Tung-Ch'eng; born August 24, 1981) is a Taiwanese actor and singer, who started his career as a model. Wang is a member of Taiwanese Mandopop vocal quartet boy band Fahrenheit.

Biography[edit]

Jiro Wang was born August 24, 1981, in Taiwan. He graduated from Fu Shin Trade and Arts College with a degree in Advertising Design. Wang's father passed away when he was 18, leaving him and his mother stranded with the family debt. To pay off the enormous debt, Wang worked three jobs at a time, which variously included flyer distribution, dressing up as a mascot for Taipei's Zoo Mall, waiting tables at a bar, a fashion retail assistant, a part-time model, and even hard labor work as a construction worker.[1] Upon graduation from arts college, he entered the commercial and modeling industry. BMG, the label that signed him, planned to package him with Jay Chou and Jordan Chan under the "3J Plan", but when BMG's stocks crashed following 9/11, the 3J plan was scrapped.[2] Wang then decided to continue his career in the industry via commercial modeling and working backstage in fashion design. He was approached again around 2004, launching the start of his acting career.

He speaks fluent Taiwanese and Mandarin, and understands conversational English.

He used to play with an underground band named Karma and was their lead singer. They have performed a song titled "人間逃亡記" (Rénjiān táowáng jì) with lyrics composed by Wang. The band later changed its name to Dong Cheng Wei (東城衛).

In 2013, between his filming commitments, Wang also held solo concerts in the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo in Japan, and Beijing and Shenzhen in China.

On 14 February 2010, Wang started his own fashion label M JO (http://mjo.com.tw/index.html). In line with its founding date on Valentine's Day, the label's slogan advocates, "Enjoy Love, Life, and Peace." As a design graduate with a passion for art, Wang personally designs the caps, clothing, and accessories, which are characterized by bold, vibrant and colorful designs. Wang, who is well-known in the industry for his filial piety,[3] credits his mother for his artistic gifts and love of design. She was a tailor / custom dressmaker and Wang learnt part of his craft from watching her work when he was young. He was partly motivated to create the fashion label as a gift to his mother.[4] In 2014, Wang designed an exhibit for World Trade Centre (Hong Kong), in line with the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where Wang's artwork, M JO products, and his label's iconic JO robot were on display from 30 May - 17 July 2014.

Wang's interest in art and Japanese manga includes a NT$10 million (approx. US$315,000) investment in exclusive agent rights for Chibi Maruko-chan merchandise in Taiwan.[5][6] His love of the series began as a child, when he would hurry home after school in order to catch the television series over his meal-time.[7] Through his friend Ivan Wang's introduction, Jiro Wang flew to Japan at the end of 2013 to meet with the manga artist, Momoko Sakura, creator of the series Chibi Maruko-chan.[8] Momoko Sakura was impressed with Jiro Wang's gift of his personal artwork, which led to a collaboration featured in Chibi Maruko-chan's 30th anniversary publication entitled 《恭喜》, published both in Japanese and traditional Chinese.[9][10] Jiro Wang and Momoko Sakura's collaboration is featured as part of the series' larger 30th anniversary exhibit, which was variously on display in Japan (6 August - 20 August 2014) and Hong Kong (3 November 2014 - 4 January 2015). [11][12] In 2014, Jiro Wang and Ivan Wang established Toyu / 東友企業 (a synthesis of their Chinese names) and became exclusive agents for marketing Chibi Maruko-chan products in Taiwan. They have plans to make a Chibi Maruko-chan movie and Jiro Wang may possibly play Maruko's father or her classmate Kazuhiko Hanawa, depending on Maruko's age in the movie.[13][14]

Jiro Wang also jointly invests in WoMen Hair, a stylish hair salon in Taipei, with his good friends and fellow Fahrenheit (Taiwanese band) mates, Calvin Chen and Wu Chun. On 6 May 2014, they attended the opening ceremony of WoMen Hair, which is run by their longtime friend and colleague, Sam Chen.[15]

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Wang is most well-known as the male lead in the Taiwanese drama KO One (終極一班) (in which he plays the character Wang Da Dong, where he got his nickname, as it is quite similar to his real name, Wang Dong Cheng) and its sequel The X-Family. He is also known for roles such as Ah Jin in It Started With a Kiss, as Jin Xiu Yi in the live-action Taiwanese drama, Hana-Kimi (花樣少年少女), and Huang Tai Jing in the Taiwanese adaptation of Fabulous Boys (原來是是美男).

On 3 May 2011, it was announced that Wang has replaced Wu Chun as male lead, "Night Tenjo", in a live-action adaptation of Japanese manga series Absolute Boyfriend, with Korean actress Ku Hye-sun as "Riiko Izawa".[16]

In 2014, Wang also became a producer on the drama series "The Crossing Hero" (超級大英雄), in addition to his role as male lead.

Music career[edit]

Wang was the first member to join Fahrenheit. He is the baritenor vocalist of the group. He is the one that usually has the rap part in most of the songs due to his fluency in the language. His publicized temperature is that of hot (热; ) summer, at 95 fahrenheit.

Wang released his first solo album What Are You Waiting For (Chinese: 你在等什麼) on 24 August 2012, which was his birthday, by HIM International Music

Discography[edit]

Studio Album
# English Title Chinese Title Release Date Label
1st What Are You Waiting For 你在等什麼 24 August 2012 HIM International Music

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title
2011 The Purple House 紫宅
2012 Seeing 看·见
2013 My Boyfriends 我的男男男男朋友
2013 My Beautiful Kingdom 我的美麗王國
2014 Bloody Doll 怨靈人偶
2014 Broadcasting Girl 我的播音系女友
2014 Mystery 秘術

Television Series[edit]

Year Chinese title English title Role / Remarks Co-stars
2002 聽笨金魚唱歌
2003 新麻辣鮮師 Spicy Teacher Rou Tian (桑田)
2004 第八號當舖 The Pawnshop No. 8 Ah Zhe
2005 惡作劇之吻 It Started with a Kiss Jin Yuan Feng (金元豐) Kinnosuke Ikezawa Ariel Lin
Joe Cheng
終極一班 KO One Wang Da Dong (汪大東) Calvin Chen
Aaron Yan
Danson Tang
2006 花樣少年少女 Hanazakarino Kimitachihe Jin Xiu Yi (金秀伊) Shuichi Nakatsu Ella Chen
Wu Chun
2007 終極一家 The X-Family Xia Lan Xing De Tian (夏蘭荇德‧天) / Wang Da Dong (汪大東) / Gui Long (鬼龍) / Zack Calvin Chen
Aaron Yan
Danson Tang
惡作劇2吻 They Kiss Again Jin Yuan Feng (金元豐) Kinnosuke Ikezawa Ariel Lin
Joe Cheng
Danson Tang
2008 翻滾吧!蛋炒飯 Rolling Love Mi Qi Lin (米麒麟) Danson Tang
Genie Zhuo
Xiao Xun
2009 愛就宅一起 ToGetHer Zhuang Jun Nan (莊俊男) aka Mars Rainie Yang
George Hu
終極三國 K.O.3an Guo Wang Da Dong (汪大東) / Sun Ce (孙策) George Hu
Shu Chen
桃花小妹 Momo Love Shi Lang (史朗) Cyndi Wang
Wong JingLun
Calvin Chen
Ken Chu
2011 陽光天使 Sunshine Angel
Jiro (guest star) Wu Chun
Rainie Yang
2012 絕對達令 Absolute Darling[17] Wan Naite (萬奈特) / Night Tenjo (零壹式) Ku Hye-sun
姐姐立正向前走 Drama Go! Go! Go! Eason Ruby Lin
Lin Gengxin
終極一班2 KO One Return Wang Da Dong Pets Tseng
2013 原來是美男 Fabulous Boys Huang Tai Jing (黃泰京) Evan Yo
Lyan Cheng
Hwang In Deok


終極一班3 KO One Re-act Wang Da Dong 汪大東 Pets Tseng
Happy Dandelion (guest star)
2014 終極X宿舍 The X-Dormitory
(guest star) Wang Da Dong (汪大東)/Xia Tian (夏天)/Gui Long (鬼龍)
2015 尋找北極光 Looking for Aurora
Zou Jia Long (邹家龍) Nichkhun
Rossi
超級大英雄 The Crossing Hero
Hong Xiao Dong (洪曉東) Kirsten Ren
只因單身在一起 Singles Villa
Chi Bo Yuan (池博遠)

[18] [19]

Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2011 LeTV Film Entertainment Awards Boundary Crossing Actor Jiro Wang Won
2012 5th Beijing Billboard Music Newcomers Festival Most Popular Singer Jiro Wang Won
2012 1st International Micro-Film Festival (Nanking) Most Inspirational Subject Matter Seeing Won

Solo Concerts[edit]

  • 31 May 2013 in Osaka, Japan.
  • 1 June 2013 in Kyoto, Japan.
  • 2 June 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 7 September 2013 in Beijing, China.
  • 23 November 2013 in Shenzhen, China.

TV shows[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Wang also performed in numerous MVs and commercials before his rise to stardom. He appeared in Fish Leong's (梁靜茹) 分手快樂 MV when he was 19. After the debut of Fahrenheit, he starred with fellow HIM International Music artist, Liu Li Yang, in her music video Smiling Tears. He is also seen in various S.H.E MVs and ''Rolling Love'' co-star Genie Zhuo's "Never Ending Rainbow" (Chinese: "永不消失的彩虹"). On 8 December 2014, it was announced that Wang will also guest-star in his good friend and co-star Pets Tseng's MV, Just Lose It (不過失去了一點點).[20][21][22][23]

Publications[edit]

  • 9 June 2010 : Van Gogh And Me - All About Jiro (梵谷與我:汪東城的字‧畫‧像) - ISBN 978-986-6606-87-8.[25] Jiro visited Amsterdam, Holland for this book

Other events/appearances[edit]

  • 11 June 2011: Promoting his new film, The Purple House at the Shanghai Film and Television Festival
  • 17 August 2011: M JO and One Piece Crossover Show (Hong Kong)
  • 17 September 2011: Vogue (magazine) Fashion Night Out (Taiwan)
  • 12 March 2012: Promoting KO One Return at the Hong Kong International Film and Television press conference with Pets Tseng
  • 14 April 2012: Absolute Darling promotional activities (Singapore)
  • 22 April 2012: Autograph session for Absolute Darling OST
  • 27 April 2012: Absolute Darling promotional activities (Taiwan)
  • 2 May 2012: Guest performer at Dong Cheng Wei mini-concert
  • 26 April 2012: American Eagle Outfitters event (Hong Kong)
  • 14 June 2012: Promoting his new television series Drama Go! Go! Go! with Ruby Lin at the Shanghai Film and Television Festival
  • 24 November 2012: Grand opening of An Ning Jewellery (Beijing, China)
  • 28 November 2012: Premiere for the microfilm Seeing and launch of Syinlu's 799 philanthropic program (Taiwan)
  • 15 December 2012: Sale of M JO Christmas limited edition at Miramar Shopping Centre (Hong Kong)
  • 31 December 2012: New Year's Eve countdown performance (Guangzhou, China)
  • 1 January 2013: Fan meeting and autograph session for his album, What Are You Waiting For (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)
  • 26 January 2013: Chivas Regal event (Chengdu, China)
  • 16 February 2013: Guest at Pets Tseng's concert
  • 8 March 2013: Isetan Samantha Thavasa event (Shanghai, China)
  • 10 March 2013: KO One Return fan meeting (Taiwan)
  • 23 March 2013: SK-II event (Hangzhou, China)
  • 25 March 2013: Media press conference for Drama Go! Go! Go! (Taiwan)
  • 30 March 2013: Invited performer at 2013 Super Girls Festa (Live)
  • 18 April 2013: KO One Re-act press conference (Taiwan)
  • 20 April 2013: Lovemore event (Hong Kong)
  • 21 April 2013: Guest appearance at the media reception for GTV's new program (Taiwan)
  • 27 April 2013: Chivas Regal event (Chongqing, China)
  • 2 May 2013: Radio interview for Fabulous Boys
  • 18 May 2013: Lovemore event at Poya, Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
  • 8 June 2013: Autograph session for Fabulous Boys OST (Taiwan)
  • 15 June 2012: Promoting his new horror film Bloody Doll at the 16th Shanghai Film and Television Festival
  • 29 June 2013: guest star at Rainie Yang's Genting Highlands concert (Malaysia)
  • 3 July 2013: KO One Re-act press conference (Taiwan)
  • 6 July 2013: Invited guest at Tiger Beer's Battle of the Bands (Changzhou, China)
  • 20 July 2013: Chivas Regal Mix Club with Dong Cheng Wei band members, Shu and Deng (Beijing, China)
  • 4 August 2013: Promotional activities for KO One Re-act (Taiwan)
  • 9 August 2013: Guest performer at the Sprite Star Basketball Friendly Match 2013 with Kobe Bryant, Jay Chou, Wu Chun, and other Chinese celebrities (Shanghai, China)
  • 10 August 2013: Wanda Mall's 1st anniversary celebrations (Jinjiang, Fujian, China)
  • 24 August 2013: Birthday fan meeting (Taiwan)
  • 1 September 2013: Grand opening of Luckycity (Tianjin, China)
  • 2 September 2013: Evening Show with Dong Cheng Wei band members, Shu and Deng (Shenzhen, China)
  • 5 September 2013: Youku interview - celebrating the online ratings success of KO One Re-act (Beijing, China)
  • 6 September 2013: Pre-concert autograph session (Beijing, China)
  • 19 September 2013: Mid-Autumn celebration at Wanda Mall (Dalian, China)
  • 27 September 2013: Intime City's 4th anniversary celebrations (Zhejiang, China)
  • 2 October 2013: Invited celebrity guest at the premiere of Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
  • 26 October 2013: Coca-Cola event (Wenzhou, China)
  • 7 November 2013: Promotional activities for his film My Boyfriends (Chengdu, China)
  • 8 November 2013: Promotional activities for his film My Boyfriends (Guangzhou, China)
  • 9 November 2013: Promotional activities for his film My Boyfriends (Beijing, China)
  • 10 November 2013: Pre-concert media press conference (Shenzhen, China)
  • 16 November 2013: Promotional activities for Fabulous Boys OST (Japan)
  • 1 December 2013: Invited guest - Freemore's Free Dance competition (Sichuan, Chengdu, China)
  • 3 December 2013: Interview with Tencent as producer of drama series, The Crossing Hero (Shanghai, China)
  • 15 December 2013: Clear event (Chongqing, China)
  • 19 December 2013: Media press conference for his new film, My Broadcasting Girlfriend (Nantong, Jiangsu, China)
  • 22 December 2013: Coca-Cola event (Zhengzhou, China)
  • 31 December 2013: New Year's Eve countdown performance (Guangzhou, China)
  • 8 March 2014: Taobao Shopping Fest at Central Walk Shopping Mall (Shenzhen, China)
  • 14 March 2014: Lovemore event at Mannings (Guangzhou, China)
  • 15 April 2014: Interview for his film My Broadcasting Girlfriend (Beijing, China)
  • 16 April 2014: Media press conference for My Broadcasting Girlfriend (Beijing, China)
  • 16 April 2014: Promoting My Broadcasting Girlfriend at the Beijing International Film Festival
  • 26 April 2014: Hot Lips, Hot Music at Forum 66 (Shenyang, China)[26]
  • 6 May 2014: Grand opening of WoMen Hair (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • 14 May 2014: Promotional activities for My Broadcasting Girlfriend (Fuzhou, China)
  • 14 May 2014: Promotional activities for My Broadcasting Girlfriend (Beijing, China)
  • 29 May 2014: World Trade Centre (Hong Kong)
  • 29 June 2014: Coca-Cola event (Fuzhou, Xiamen, China)
  • 27 October 2014: H.Linx (Hangzhou, China)
  • 4 November 2014: Media reception for the drama series Singles Villa (Changsha, China)
  • 22 November 2014: Eral fashion label (Shenyang, China)[27]
  • 29 November 2014: Grand opening of Xiasha Powerlong Shopping Complex (Hangzhou, China)[28]
  • 6 December 2014: Zhongnan City Shopping Mall's 3rd anniversary celebrations (Nantong, Jiangsu, China)
  • 14 December 2014: Celebrity guest at motor event 《中國飄移冠軍》 (Quanzhou, China)
  • 21 December 2014: Grand opening of Powerlong Shopping Complex (Tianjin, China)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://paper.wenweipo.com/2014/06/17/EN1406170022.htm 17 June 2014. Wen Wei Po (Hong Kong-based Chinese language newspaper). Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ (Chinese) Fahrenheit's Jiro Wang was actually Jay Chou's Junior. May 15, 2007. Retrieved Dec 14, 2010.
  3. ^ http://paper.wenweipo.com/2014/06/17/EN1406170022.htm 17 June 2014. Wen Wei Po (Hong Kong-based Chinese language newspaper). Retrieved 12 December 2014.
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  13. ^ http://news.xinhuanet.com/tw/2014-05/07/c_126469929.htm 7 May 2014. Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
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  16. ^ (Chinese) Apple Daily 汪東城難甩背後靈 聞吳尊一派恍神 3 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03
  17. ^ Lee, Gyeong-Ho (8 March 2012). "Ku Hye Sun appearing in pink pajamas in a Taiwanese drama series Absolute Darling". Star News. Retrieved 1 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Jiro Wang at imdb.com
  19. ^ Jiro Wang at chinesemov.com
  20. ^ http://udn.com/NEWS/BREAKINGNEWS/BREAKINGNEWS8/9117081.shtml
  21. ^ http://www.chinatimes.com/realtimenews/20141208003211-260404
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  23. ^ http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/entertainment/breakingnews/1176626
  24. ^ http://v.qq.com/cover/o/o68w5qsr6kbf3l2/y0013xphdge.html
  25. ^ Yesasia.com Van Gogh And Me info 9 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-22
  26. ^ http://connections.hanglung.com/en/node/2675
  27. ^ http://ln.people.com.cn/n/2014/1123/c339835-22982467.html
  28. ^ http://www.powerlong.com/news/news!load.action?id=40282d3449f59135014a09c412660270

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