You Benchang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is You.
You Benchang
Native name 游本昌
Born (1933-09-16) September 16, 1933 (age 81)
Taizhou, Jiangsu
Residence Beijing
Alma mater Shanghai Theatre Academy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959 - present
Agent Beijing Benchang Movie & TV Cultural co., ltd
Notable work(s) Ji Gong
Religion Chinese Buddhism
Parents Father: Ye Yusheng
Awards Golden Eagle Award for Best Actor
1986 Ji Gong

You Benchang (born 16 September 1933) is a Chinese actor.

You is noted for his roles as Ji Gong in the television series Ji Gong, which earned him a Best Actor Award at the 4th Golden Eagle Awards.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


You was born in Taizhou, Jiangsu on September 16, 1933, during the Republic of China. You primarily studied in Shanghai and Nanjing.

In 1951, You joined the Nanjing Song and Dance Troupe after high school. You entered Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1952, majoring in acting. After graduating in 1956 he was assigned to National Theatre Company of China as an actor.

You joined the Chinese Dramatists Association in 1980.

You first rose to prominence in 1986 for playing Ji Gong in the television series Ji Gong. The series reached number one in the ratings when it aired in China.[7][8][9]

In 2009, You had a minor role as Tang Pangzi in The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, which starred Masanobu Ando as Yaba.

You participated in many films, such as Reign of Assassins, The University Days of a Dog, and Painted Skin: The Resurrection.

In 1994, You founded the Beijing Benchang Movie & TV Cultural co., ltd.

On July 28, 2009, You became a monk at the Great Light Temple, in Suifenhe, Heilongjiang.[10]



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1984 “下次开船”港游记 Yang Tieren
1988 A Magic Doctor in Suzhou 姑苏一怪 Ye Tianshi
1995 Fake Emperor 冒牌皇帝
2009 The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman 刀剑笑 Tang Pangzi
Ji Gong 济公3之古刹风云 Ji Gong
Ji Gong 济公3之茶亦有道 Ji Gong
Reign of Assassins 剑雨 Master Monk Xingchi
2010 The University Days of a Dog 一只狗的大学时光 Grandpa
2011 Lee's Adventures 李献计历险记 Li Xianji
Deadly flash play 致命闪玩 A gentleman guest
2012 Come on! Laowan 老万加油 Laowan's boss
Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮2 Master
2013 Blockbuster 大片 A patient
白狐 Master Shaye
The Wrath Of Vajra 金刚王 Master Yuanzu


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1985 Ji Gong 济公 Ji Gong
1998 清明酒家 Private adviser
The Story of Liaofan 了凡的故事 Master Yunguhui
2004 Not Without You 不能没有你
Lotus lantern 宝莲灯 Daode Tianzun
2011 New Era of the Police 新时代警察 An old overseas Chinese


Year Work Award Result Notes
1986 Ji Gong Golden Eagle Award for Best Actor Won


  1. ^ "You Benchang, Live Ji Gong". CRL. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  2. ^ 85版"济公"评陈浩民版济公:27年过去济公变潮了 (in Chinese). Xinhua News. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ 陈浩民版济公遭批 游本昌:只要惩恶扬善就行 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "济公"游本昌:我的人生座右铭——无我利他 (in Chinese). People. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ 八旬游本昌亲自看佩斯话剧 不少人认出"济公" (in Chinese). Xinhua News. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ 80岁游本昌晒台湾游玩照 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "You Benchang in The Final Victory Photo: Courtesy of Zha Wenbai". Buddhism in art. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. ^ 鲁豫有约:《济公》热播 上海犯罪率降低 (in Chinese). Ifeng. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ 游本昌:济公火了我得罪了一批人 一闲就是20年 (in Chinese). CNTV. Retrieved 2010. 
  10. ^ 著名表演艺术家游本昌剃度出家 感受短期寺院生活(图) (in Chinese). 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 

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