Aarif Rahman

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Aarif Rahman
Chinese name 李治廷
Pinyin Lǐ Zhìtíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Zi6-ting4 (Cantonese)
Born Aarif Rahman
(1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 30)
Hong Kong
Other names Aarif Lee
Lee Chi-ting
Alma mater Imperial College London (Bachelor of Science in Physics)
King George V School
Years active 2009–present
Nationality Hong Kong
Label(s) Beijing Starlit Movie & TV Culture Co. Ltd
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best New Performer
2010 Echoes of the Rainbow – Desmond Law

Best Original Song
2010 Echoes of the Rainbow

Aarif Rahman (Chinese: 李治廷; pinyin: Lǐ Zhìtíng; born 26 February 1987), also known as Aarif Lee Chi-ting, is a Hong Kong actor, singer and songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hong Kong, Aarif Rahman is of mixed Arab, Malay and Chinese descent. He grew up in Hong Kong and attended King George V School, where he discovered his penchant for music and started playing drums, guitar and the piano; as well as dabbling into song-writing. He was invited to a private jam session where he met Leon Lai, who encouraged him to pursue his musical interest.[1]

After graduating with a physics degree from the Imperial College London, Rahman signed with East Asia Record Production company.[1]


Rahman first gained the interest of the Hong Kong music scene when he was exposed as the writer who penned all the lyrics in Janice Vidal's 2009 English album Morning.[2] Following which in 2009, he released his debut album Starting from Today, which won him the Best Newcomer award at the Metro Radio Music Awards.[1]

Rahman then made his film debut in the movie Echoes of the Rainbow (2010), which won him the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer and Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for Best New Actor of the Year – Silver Award. The theme song which he sung also won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song.[3] He then starred as Bruce Lee in the dramatic biopic film Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010)[4][5] and as a police investigator in the crime thriller Cold War (2012).[6]

In 2013, Rahman starred in the Mainland romantic comedy One Night Surprise alongside Fan Bingbing. The low-budget film unexpectedly became a commercial success, and received positive reviews.[7] Rahman won the Best New Actor award at the 1st China International Film Festival London and Outstanding Performance award at the Chinese Film Media Awards for his performance.[8] Rahman shortly reunited with Fan in the historical drama The Empress of China, where he played the role of Li Zhi. The 82-episode TV series was broadcast on Hunan Television from 21 December 2014 to 5 February 2015, and earned increased recognition for Rahman in the Mainland region.[9] He won the Best Actor in the Ancient Drama category at the Huading Awards for his performance.[10]

In 2017, Rahman starred alongside Jackie Chan in the action comedy film Kung Fu Yoga.[11] The same year, he starred in Tsui Hark's science fiction wuxia film The Thousand Faces of Dunjia.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Rahman is a Muslim.[13]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2010 Echoes of the Rainbow 岁月神偷 Luo Jinyi
Frozen 为你钟情 Cheung Wai-kit
Bruce Lee, My Brother 李小龙我的兄弟 Bruce Lee
2011 I Love Hong Kong 我爱HK开心万岁 Wu Ming
The Allure of Tears 倾城之泪 You Le
Dear Enemy 亲密敌人 Heng Lima
2012 Cold War 寒战 Billy K.B. Cheung
2013 One Night Surprise 一夜惊喜 Tony
2014 South of the Clouds 北回归线 Li Ming
2015 Tales of Mystery 怪谈 Ye Wei Min
2016 Cold War 2 寒战2 Billy K.B. Cheung
L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Ni Hong
Making Family 非常父子档 Zhou Liyan
2017 Kung Fu Yoga 功夫瑜伽 Jones
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia 奇门遁甲 Dao Yizhang

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2014 The Empress of China 武媚娘传奇 Li Zhi
2018 The Geek Is On The Run 极客江湖 Bo Xian
TBA Swords of Legends 2 古剑奇谭二 Xia Yize


Studio albums[edit]

Release date Title Track listing Label
November 26, 2009 Starting from Today
Track listing
  1. 今天開始
  2. 獨行俠
  3. Fly Away
  4. 想我吧
  5. Best I'll Ever Be
  6. 不堪設想
  7. 光速
  8. Another Day
  9. 歲月輕狂
  10. Echoes of the Rainbow
February 5, 2010 Starting from Today 2nd Version
Track listing
  1. Best I'll Ever Be (英)
  2. Echoes of the Rainbow (英)
  3. Way back into love (feat. Janice Vidal)
August 16, 2011 Everything
Track listing
  1. 尼古拉
  2. You Are My Everything
  3. 鵝毛
  4. 誰能代替 (國)
  5. 奇蹟等不到
  6. 一片痴
  7. Craziness
  8. 速度對比
  9. Still (英)
  10. Just the Way You Are (英)
  11. 不是不愛才分開 (國)
March 14, 2014 Aarif's Love
Track listing
  1. 不可思议
  2. 一夜惊喜 (feat. Fan Bingbing)
  3. 以苦为乐
  4. 睡蔷薇
  5. Porcelain Princess’ Palace (陶瓷公主的宝殿)



Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2009 Metro Radio Hits Awards New Singer Award Starting From Today [14]
Best Singer Songwriter Album Award
Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation Best Male Newcomer - Gold Award
2010 IFPI Music Sales Awards Best Selling Male Newcomer
Chinese Music Media Awards Best Cantopop Male Newcomer
Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song Sui Yue Qing Kuang [3]
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Most Popular Winning Song Award [15]
Mandarin Hit Songs
CNTV's Music King Hit Global Chinese Music Award Film Golden Song Award
2011 All-Rounded Artist Award (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A [16]
Singer-Song Writer Award N/A
Golden Song Award "Ni Gu La"
2013 All-Rounded Artist Award N/A [17]
Singer-Song Writer Award N/A
China International Film Festival London Best Original Film Song "One Night Surprise"
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Most Popular Duet Song [18]
Best Film Singer N/A
2014 V Chart Awards Best Collaboration "One Night Surprise" [19]
Top Social Singer N/A
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Hit Singer-Songwriter Award N/A [20]
Mandarin Hit Songs "Shui Qi Wei"
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Best Trendy Singer-Songwriter N/A [21]
Best Global Premiere Song "Bu Ke Si Yi"
2015 V Chart Awards Hot Trend Artist of the Year (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A [22]
China Music Awards Best Singer-Songwriter N/A [23]
Best Golden Song (Hong Kong/Taiwan) "Fly"
KU Music Asian Music Awards Most Popular Crossover Artist N/A [24]

Film and television[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2010 Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer Echoes of the Rainbow [3]
Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild Award Best Newcomer - Silver Award
2013 China International Film Festival London Best New Actor One Night Surprise
2014 Chinese Film Media Awards Outstanding Performance [8]
2015 Huading Awards Best Actor - Ancient Drama The Empress of China [10]
China TV Drama Awards Most Popular All-Rounded Artist N/A


  1. ^ a b c "Aarif Rahman on his career, physique and thoughts on love". Time Out. May 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Aarif Rahman and Janice Vidal to perform in Genting". Yahoo News. September 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hong Kong Film Awards Announced". The Wall Street Journal. April 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Biopic Explores Bruce Lee's Life before Fame". The Hollywood Reporter. October 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Q&A: Aarif Rahman". South China Morning Post. December 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "New Stills Released Featuring Aarif Lee in "Cold War"". Chinese Films. October 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lee, Maggie (August 12, 2013). "Film Review: 'One Night Surprise'". Variety. 
  8. ^ a b "14th Chinese Film Media Awards held in Beijing". China Daily. October 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Aarif Rahman rules as 'most handsome emperor'". The Straits Times. May 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "第17届华鼎奖:佟大为夺视帝 周迅封后否认怀孕". youth.cn (in Chinese). August 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ "《功夫瑜伽》破3亿 李治廷高能打戏获赞". January 30, 2017 (in Chinese). 
  12. ^ "Tsui Hark's new film to be screened in December". China Daily. October 13, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Aarif Rahman (aka Aarif Lee) Height, Weight, Age, Affairs, Biography & more". starsunfolded. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "2009新城劲爆颁奖典礼获奖名单". Hunan TV (in Chinese). December 26, 2009. 
  15. ^ "2010新城国语力获奖名单". Sina (in Chinese). August 7, 2010. 
  16. ^ "第八届总选奖项设置以及得奖名单". CNTV.con (in Chinese). November 18, 2011. 
  17. ^ "容祖儿九夺劲歌后 尚雯婕获最佳女歌手". 21cn.com (in Chinese). March 19, 2013. 
  18. ^ "李治廷喜夺"音乐先锋榜"双奖 透露年初出新EP". Sohu (in Chinese). December 2, 2013. 
  19. ^ "李治廷出席音乐颁奖礼 回归歌手斩获人气荣誉". Sohu (in Chinese). April 18, 2014. 
  20. ^ "李治廷香港获创作奖 重心将回归音乐". Sina (in Chinese). August 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ "2014《音乐先锋榜》年度颁奖典礼得奖名单". pengpeng.com (in Chinese). December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Winner List 2015". YinYueTai. 
  23. ^ "李治廷再唱《无字碑》 获华语榜中榜两项大奖". China Daily (in Chinese). April 17, 2015. 
  24. ^ "李治廷:未来钱给老婆管". ifeng (in Chinese). April 26, 2015. 

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