Aarif Rahman

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Aarif Lee
Chinese name 李治廷
Pinyin Lǐ Zhìtíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Zi6-ting4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Aarif Rahman
Ethnicity 5/8 Chinese
3/16 Arab
3/16 Malay
Born (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 30)
Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong
Other name(s) Aarif Lee
Occupation Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
Genre(s) Mandopop, Cantopop
Instrument(s) vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums
Label(s) Amusic
Years active 2009–present
Siblings 3
Ancestry China
Saudi Arabia
Alma mater Imperial College London (Bachelor of Science in Physics)
King George V School

Aarif Rahman (born 26 February 1987), also known as Aarif Lee Chi-ting, is a Hong Kong actor and singer-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, Aarif signed with East Asia Record Production company.[1]


Aarif 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]

Aarif 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, Aarif 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] Aarif 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] Aarif 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 Aarif in the Mainland region.[9] He won the Best Actor in the Ancient Drama category at the Huading Awards for his performance.[10]



Release date Title Music label Tracklist
November 26, 2009 Starting from Today Amusic
  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 Bonus tracks:
  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
  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
  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 Film Chinese 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


Year Film Chinese Title Role Notes
2014 The Empress of China 武媚娘传奇 Li Zhi
2017 Swords of Legends 2 古剑奇谭二 Xia Yize



Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2009 Metro Radio Music Awards Best Male Newcomer Starting From Today [11]
Best New Original Album
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 Award Best Original Song Sui Yue Qing Kuang [3]
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Hottest Song of the Year [12]
2013 China International Film Festival London Best Original Song One Night Surprise
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Best Duet Song [13]
Best Film Singer
2014 Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Best Singer-Songwriter Shui Qi Wei [14]
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Best Singer-Songwriter (Hong Kong) Bu Ke Si Yi [15]
Best Global Song
2015 China Music Awards Best Singer-Songwriter Fly [16]
Best Song (Hong Kong/Taiwan)
KU Music Asian Music Awards Most Popular Trans-boundary Artist N/A [17]

Film & Television[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2010 Hong Kong Film Award 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]


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