Liu Yifei

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Liu Yifei
Liuyifei2011.jpg
Liu Yifei in 2010
Chinese name 劉亦菲 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘亦菲 (simplified)
Pinyin Líu Yìfēi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Jik6-fei1 (Cantonese)
Birth name An Feng (安风)
Born (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 26)
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Other name(s) Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子),
Crystal Liu
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop, Japanese pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano
Label(s) Sony BMG (2005–present)
Sony Music (2005-present)
Years active 2002-present
Parents An Shaokang (father)
Liu Xiaoli (mother)
Chen Jinfei (godfather)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Liu.

Liu Yifei (born 25 August 1987[1]), birth name An Feng (安风), legal name Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子),[2] is a Chinese actress, model and singer. She holds United States citizenship.

Early life and education[edit]

Liu was born in Tongji Hospital in Hubei and her birth name was "An Feng".[1] She is an only child. Her father is An Shaokang (安少康), a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and a French language university professor, while her mother is Liu Xiaoli (刘晓莉), a dancer and a stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old and she was raised solely by her mother. That same year, she adopted her mother's family name and changed her legal name to "Liu Ximeizi" and began modelling, along with training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. Her godfather is Chen Jinfei (陈金飞), the Chairman of Beijing Tongchan Investment Group (北京通产投资集团).[3][4]

When she was 11 years old, Liu and her mother moved to New York City, where she attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67.[5] She returned to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career and adopted the stage name "Liu Yifei" (刘亦菲). Several weeks later, Liu was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15, and graduated in 2006.

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

Immediately after her admittance into the Beijing Film Academy, Liu received offers to star in various television series. Her debut appearance on television was in The Story of a Noble Family. Shortly after, she was chosen to play Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. Initially, Liu Tao was selected for the role of Wang Yuyan but it went to Liu Yifei eventually and Liu Tao was cast as A'zhu instead.[citation needed]

In 2005, Liu starred as Zhao Ling'er in Chinese Paladin, an adaptation of the action RPG The Legend of Sword and Fairy. The following year, she starred in The Return of the Condor Heroes, a television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. After intense speculation on who would play Xiaolongnü, the role was finally offered to her. She was backed by Cha, who felt that she had all the necessary qualities to portray the young and innocent female protagonist.[6] Although the television series she acted in were well-received, most of the films she starred in did poorly in terms of box office earnings.

In 2008, she co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom, in which she played Golden Sparrow, an orphan seeking revenge against her parents' killer. In 2010, she starred in Love in Disguise with Leehom Wang.

Music career[edit]

Liu appeared in Jimmy Lin's music video of the song "I Am Still Waiting For You" (我还在等你) from his 2006 album Can't Stop Me (挡不住我). She previously co-starred with him in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and The Love Winner. Liu also attended one of Lin's concerts as a guest, and in turn, he appeared at her birthday party in 2005. In conjunction with her acting career, Liu obtained a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in August 2005. She has started studying singing and dancing in Japan since then.[7] She released her first single "Mayonaka no Door" with Sony Music on July 19, 2006. Her song "Mayonaka no Doa" as recorded by Sony Music appeared on television as one of the ending themes to Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2004 Love of May 五月之恋 Zhao Xuan
2004 Love Winner, TheThe Love Winner 恋爱大赢家 Jin Qiaoli alternative title I Love How You Love Me (喜欢你喜欢我)
2006 Abao De Gushi 阿宝的故事 Liu Yifei (Xixi)
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 Golden Sparrow
2010 Love in Disguise 恋爱通告 Song Xiaoqing
2011 A Chinese Ghost Story 倩女幽魂 Nie Xiaoqian
2011 White Vengeance 鸿门宴 Consort Yu
2012 The Four 四大名捕 Wuqing
2012 The Assassins 铜雀台[8] Lingju / Diaochan
2013 The Four II 四大名捕2 Wuqing
2014 The Four III 四大名捕3 Wuqing Awaiting release August 22, 2014
2014 Outcast 绝命逃亡 Zhao Lian Awaiting release September 26, 2014[9]
2014 Difficult Love 露水红颜 Xing Lu Awaiting release November 11, 2014[10]
2014 Third Love 第三種愛情 Zou Yu Filming will begin Late July, and the movie will be released in the first half of 2015

Television[edit]

Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2002 Story of a Noble Family, TheThe Story of a Noble Family 金粉世家 Bai Xiuzhu
2003 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部 Wang Yuyan
2005 Chinese Paladin 仙剑奇侠传 Zhao Ling'er
2005 Doukou Nianhua 豆蔻年华 Teacher Xiao Zhao
2006 Return of the Condor Heroes, TheThe Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Xiaolongnü

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album information Track list Notes
Title: Liu Yifei
Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
Release date: 31 August 2006
  1. 泡芙女孩
  2. 就要我滋味
  3. 心悸
  4. 幸运草
  5. 放飞美丽
  6. 世界的秘密
  7. 一克拉的眼泪
  8. 做你的秒钟
  9. 毛毛雨
  10. 爱的延长赛
Chinese album
Title: All My Words
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 6 September 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. 恋する週末
  3. HAPPINESS
  4. 愛のミナモト
  5. どこまでも ひろがる空に向かって
  6. テノヒラノカナタ
  7. My sunshiny day
  8. 世界の秘密
  9. CLOSE TO ME
  10. 月の夜
  11. スピード
  12. Pieces of my words ~言の花~
Japanese album

Singles[edit]

Album information Track list Notes
Title: Mayonaka no door
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 19 July 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. brightly
  3. 真夜中のドア (Instrumental)
  4. brightly (Instrumental)
Japanese album

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Chinese) 劉亦菲成長照片曝光 跳新疆舞美若天仙 People's Daily. November 30, 2005. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  2. ^ The "茜" (Xi) in her legal name comes from the German film Sissi (Chinese translation 茜茜公主—hence the pronunciation of xi, not qian; her mother calls her Xixi). (Chinese) "神仙姐姐" 劉亦菲 Xinhua online. July 29, 2004. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  3. ^ (Chinese) 揭秘刘亦菲富豪“教父” 中国首富榜排23
  4. ^ (Chinese) 刘亦菲“富豪继父”真实身份揭秘
  5. ^ (Chinese) 芳邻刘亦菲. October 22, 2006. Retrieved on June 24, 2008.
  6. ^ (Chinese) 張紀中定"新俠侶" 金庸贊"小龍女" People's Daily. July 13, 2006. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
  7. ^ Liu Yifei eyes international singing circle Xinhua online. May 28, 2005. Retrieved on July 17, 2006.
  8. ^ Stars of "The Four" and "The Assassins" Set to Shine at BJIFF
  9. ^ "《绝命逃亡》定档9月26日 刘亦菲花裙造型甜美 凯奇将来华宣传". mtime.com (in Chinese). 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  10. ^ Singer Rain Reveals Charisma Through Hollywood Movie 'The Prince' Official Trailer

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