Vic Chou

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Vic Chou
Vic Chou.jpg
Vic Chou at autograph event
Chinese name 周渝民
Pinyin Zhōu Yùmín (Mandarin)
Birth name 周育民
Origin Taiwan
Born (1981-06-09) 9 June 1981 (age 33)
Other name(s) 仔仔 (pinyin: Zàizài)
Occupation actor, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop, Rock music
Voice type(s) Lyric Baritone
Label(s) Sony Music Taiwan
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts F4

Vic Chou (Chinese: 周渝民; pinyin: Zhōu Yúmín) is a Taiwanese actor, singer and commercial model. He is a member of the Taiwanese boy band F4, and has starred in Taiwanese dramas. His stage name, 周渝民, literally means “a completely changed person”. It had a variation only in the middle character (from 育 to 渝) from his birth name, 周育民 (pinyin: Zhōu Yùmín), which literally means “a completely nourished or reared person”.

Biography[edit]

Vic Chou was born on June 9, 1981, making him the youngest of the F4 members. He is considered the baby of F4, being treated the best by other F4 members. His mother has Taiwanese aborigines Atayal bloodline while his father is Taiwanese with ancestry from Linyi, Shandong Province. His grandmother gave him the nickname Zàizài "仔仔", meaning "little boy", which has become a nickname for him among fans.

Education[edit]

  • Department of Business Administration, Hsing Wu College
  • Department of Industrial Management, China University of Technology Chung Kuo Institute of Technology
  • Department of Machinery, National LoTung Industrial Vocational High School
  • Luodong Junior High School
  • Gong Zeng Elementary School.

Entering the Industry[edit]

He was discovered when he accompanied a friend auditioning for a role in Meteor Garden. While waiting for a friend at their auditions, he was huddled in a corner near one of the Meteor Garden staff's office, who said he looked like Huā Zé Lèi and was asked to audition. Meteor Garden was adopted from a Japanese, "Boys Over Flowers" (Japanese romanization: Hana Yori Dango). He was asked to play the role of Huā Zé Lèi, a very silent and sensitive guy who befriends the female protagonist Shān Cài, played by Barbie Hsu.

Solo career[edit]

Music career[edit]

He was the first F4 member to release his own album when Make a Wish (album) was released in January 2002. It was followed by Remember, I Love You which was released in January 2004. He also sang some solo songs included in F4’s albums like two songs in "Meteor Rain", released in August 2001 and 2 songs in "Fantasy 4ever", released in December 2002. His third album, I'm Not F4 was released in October 2007. He has 2 solo songs in F4/JVKV's most recent album "Waiting for You Here" [在這裡等你], released in December 2007. His solo songs also appear in the Original Soundtrack (OST) of "Love Storm" [狂愛龍捲風], "Silence" [深情密碼] and "Wish to See You Again" [這裡發現愛]。 His and F4’s albums were all released under Sony Music Taiwan.

Acting career[edit]

Aside from "Meteor Garden" [流星花園], Zhou has appeared in many Taiwanese series such as the four-episode "Meteor Rain" [流星雨], "Poor Prince" [貧窮貴公子], "Meteor Garden II" (sequel of "Meteor Garden I"), "Come To My Place" [來我家吧], and "Love Storm" [狂愛龍捲風]. All of the above mentioned dramas had a lighter tone to them, and are considered to be very "typical" idol drama faire. However, with his next role in "Mars" 【戰神】, co-starring Barbie Hsu, Zhou has publicly acknowledged that this was a turning point for his career. Zhou plays a set of twins, one of which on the surface seems happy-go-lucky but ends up committing suicide, and the other of which struggles with mental illness and post-traumatic stress syndrome. The plot-line of the series delves deep into issues not generally explored in idol dramas such as the frailty of the human psyche, violence, goodness versus evil, suicide, and sexual abuse, just to name a few. In many interviews, Zhou has pinpointed this as the moment where his interest in acting was truly piqued. Since then, Zhou has taken on increasingly more multi-faceted roles deliberately varying them one from another. "Qi Wei Yi" in Silence was an ambitious but lonely business man whose only moment of happiness took place 13 years ago with a mute girl. He finally finds love only to come down with cancer. "Zhi Tian" in "Sweet Relationship," [美味關係]is a cranky but perfectionist chef who spends most of his time yelling at his apprentices. "Xu Le" in "Wish to See You Again" [這裡發現愛] is an awkward but passionate best-selling novelist who innocently falls in love for the first time. His role in Black and White marks a departure from Taiwanese idol dramas. Zhou takes on the challenging role of a very emotionally complex policeman with a past that is thrown into a dangerous web of corruption. "Sheng Yue Ru" in "The Last Night of Madame Chin" [金大班的最後一夜], a young man from Shanghai high society, has studied abroad, loves painting and theater, and someone who is single-minded and dedicated to love. They fell deeply in love and became lovers. But their relationship faced strong resistance and objections from both families, especially Yue Ru's father, a rich banker.

Vic embarked upon his first movie in 2008, "Linger" [蝴蝶飛]/ Hu Die Fei was released. Mid-summer 2008, Zhou came out with his second movie, "Tea Fight." Due to its popularity, talks of bringing "Black and White" to the big screen are currently taking place.

In 2009, Vic was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Television Series at the 44th Golden Bell Awards for his role in Black & White (痞子英雄).[1] He won the Golden Bell for Best Actor for the drama Home (回家) in 2013.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role
2001 Meteor Garden 流星花園 Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)
2001 Poor Prince 貧窮貴公子 Shān Tián Tài Láng (山田太郎)
2001 Meteor Rain 流星雨 Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)
2002 Come to My Place 來我家吧 Zhang Zhong Yuan (張中原)
2002 Meteor Garden II 流星花園 2 Huā Zé Lèi (花澤類)
2003 Love Storm 狂愛龍捲風 Lù Yǐng Fēng (陸穎風)
2004 Mars 戰神Mars Chén Líng (陳零)
Chén Shèng (陳聖)
2006 Silence 深情密碼 Qi Wei Yi (戚偉易)
2007 Sweet Relationship 美味關係 Fang Zhi Tian (方織田)
2008 Wish to See You Again 這裡發現愛 Xu Le (許樂)
2009 Black and White 痞子英雄 Chen Zai Tian (陳在天)
2009 The Last Night of Madam Chin 金大班最後一夜 Sheng Yue Ru (盛月如)
2011 Home 回家 Su Tai Ying (苏台英)

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Movies[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role
2008 Linger 蝴蝶飛 Lin Xu Dong (林旭東)
2008 Tea Fight 鬪茶 Yang (楊)
2010 Love You 10000 Years 愛你一萬年 Wu Qi Feng (吴奇峰)
2011 Sleepless Fashion 与时尚同居 Patrick
2012 Perfect Two 新天生一对 Ah B (阿B)
2013 Saving General Yang 忠烈楊家將 Yang San Lang (杨三郎)
2013 Day of Redemption 早見晚愛 Gu Bin (顾彬)
2013 A Moment of Love 回到愛開始的地方 Xu Nianzu (許念祖)

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Album # Album Info Tracklisting
1st Make a Wish
2nd Remember, I Love You (記得我愛你)
3rd I'm Not F4 (我不是F4)
4th Vic Chou - The Best Collection (仔仔精選2001 - 2009)
(New + Collection Album)

Soundtrack contribution/other song[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Track listing
2003 Love Storm Original Soundtrack 抂愛龍捲風 戀曲 OST I breathe you (我呼吸你)
2004 Mars Original Soundtrack 戰神MARS Let Me Love You - 讓我愛你 duet with Barbie Xu (pinyin: Rang Wǒ Ài Nǐ) (Track 2)
2004 百事音樂風雲榜 Just For You
2006 Silence Original Soundtrack 深情密碼

Familiar Gentleness - 熟悉的温柔 (pinyin: Shou Xi De Wen Rou) (Track 1)

F4 albums[edit]

Album # Album Info Tracklisting
1st Meteor Rain (流星雨)
  • 為你執著 - (wei ni zhi zhuo / Persistence For You)
  • 最特別的存在 - (zui te bie de cun zai / The Most Special Existence)
2nd Fantasy 4ever (煙火的季節)
  • 一個人的冬季 (yi ge ren de dong ji / Lonely Winter)
  • 怎麽會是你 - (zen me hui shi ni / How Is It You)
3rd Waiting for you (在這裡等你)
  • 殘念 (can nian)
  • 白 (bai / White)

Product Endorsements[edit]

Year Product Product Category
2001 滴可明雙氧液 Eye Drops
2001 金庸群俠傳網路遊戲/ Chinesegamer On-line Game Online Game
2001 代言卡拉網 Website
2001 代言MyMuch.com Website
2001 西門子手機 Mobile Phone
2002 古道貴爵純真不滅定律奶茶 Beverage, Milk
2002 聯想 Computer
2002 綠飄 Shampoo
2002 名樂球鞋 Apparel
2002 S&K休閒服飾 Apparel
2002 百事可樂 / Pepsi Beverage
2002 Kentex 休閒服飾 Apparel
2003 神之領域 Online Game
2003 Switch Yamaha Motorcycle
2004 戒菸就贏 Anti-smoking campaign
2004 喔喔奶糖 Candy
2005 Parco (Japan) - 白色情人節 Department Store
2007 台灣觀光 Taiwan Tourism
2007 心路 Charity
2008 Lancôme Cosmetics
2008 康師傅茉莉清茶 Beverage
2009 康師傅茉莉清茶 Beverage
2009 Rejoice Shampoo
2009 Sony Camera
2010 Oden Dish
2013 Biore Facial Wash

Release of photographic album[edit]

He also released a photographic album in October 2002, entitled "Travel Dream" (流浪夢, pinyin: Liú Làng Mèng) which contains his pictures shot during one of his trips to Hokkaidō, Japan.

His second photobook entitled 4Faces: Taipei & Tokyo was released in October 2006. It showcased ZaiZai's flexibility in front of the camera. There are 4 themes: Natural Face, Cool Face, Stylish Face and Fashionable Face. The first 2 themes were shot in Taipei while the last 2 themes were shot in Tokyo. This photobook is one of the bestsellers in HMV, a leading music and book store.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese) TTV 44th Golden Bell Awards homepage Retrieved 25 Sept 2010
  2. ^ Lee, Hsin-Yin (26 October 2013). "Golden Bell: Vic Chou wins Best Actor award". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Vic Chou". imdb.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Vic Chou". chinesemov.com. Retrieved June 16, 2010. 

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