Aarif Rahman

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Aarif Rahman
Chinese name李治廷
PinyinLǐ Zhìtíng (Mandarin)
JyutpingLei5 Zi6-ting4 (Cantonese)
BornAarif Rahman
(1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 31)
Hong Kong
Other namesAarif Lee
Lee Chi-ting
Alma materImperial College London (Bachelor of Science in Physics)
King George V School
Years active2009–present
NationalityHong 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 a Christian 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 in song-writing. [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 this, 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),[3] 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 sang also won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song.[4] He then starred as Bruce Lee in the dramatic biopic film Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010)[5][6] and as a police investigator in the crime thriller Cold War (2012).[7]

In 2013, Rahman starred in the Mainland romantic comedy One Night Surprise.[8] The low-budget film unexpectedly became a commercial success, and received positive reviews.[9] 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.[10] Rahman then starred in 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.[11] He won the Best Actor in the Ancient Drama category at the Huading Awards for his performance.[12]

In 2016, Rahman starred alongside Korean actress Kim Ha-neul in the family film Making Family.[13] He also featured in Guo Jingming's fantasy animated motion capture L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, and reprised his role in the sequel of Cold War.[14][15]

In 2017, Rahman starred alongside Jackie Chan in the action comedy film Kung Fu Yoga.[16] The same year, he starred in Tsui Hark's science fiction wuxia film The Thousand Faces of Dunjia.[17][18]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2010 Echoes of the Rainbow 岁月神偷 Luo Jinyi
Frozen 为你钟情 Cheung Wai-kit [19]
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 [20]
The Allure of Tears 倾城之泪 You Le [21]
Dear Enemy 亲密敌人 Heng Lima [22]
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 [23]
2015 Tales of Mystery 怪谈 Zi Liang [24]
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
2019 Special Couple 合法伴侣 Gu Dabai [25]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2014 The Empress of China 武媚娘传奇 Li Zhi
2018 Swords of Legends 2 古剑奇谭二 Xia Yize [26]
TBA The Geek Is On The Run 极客江湖 Bo Xian [27]
Princess Silver 白发王妃 Zongzheng Wuyou [28]
Yue Shang Chong Huo 月上重火 Shangguan Tou


Studio albums[edit]

Release date Title Track listing Label
26 November 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
5 February 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)
16 August 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)
14 March 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 [29]
Best Singer Songwriter Album Award
Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation Best Male Newcomer - Gold Award [30]
2010 IFPI Music Sales Awards Best Selling Male Newcomer [31]
10th Chinese Music Media Awards Best Cantopop Male Newcomer [32]
29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song Sui Yue Qing Kuang [4]
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Most Popular Winning Song Award [33]
Mandarin Hit Songs
7th CNTV's Music King Hit Global Chinese Music Award Film Golden Song Award [34]
2011 8th CNTV's Music King Hit Global Chinese Music Award All-Rounded Artist Award (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A [35]
Singer-Song Writer Award N/A
Golden Song Award "Ni Gu La"
2013 9th CNTV's Music King Hit Global Chinese Music Award All-Rounded Artist Award N/A [36]
Singer-Song Writer Award N/A
1st China International Film Festival London Best Original Film Song "One Night Surprise" [37]
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Most Popular Duet Song [38]
Best Film Singer N/A
2014 2nd V Chart Awards Best Collaboration "One Night Surprise" [39]
Top Social Singer N/A
Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation Hit Singer-Songwriter Award N/A [40]
Mandarin Hit Songs "Shui Qi Wei"
9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Best Trendy Singer-Songwriter N/A [41]
Best Global Premiere Song "Bu Ke Si Yi"
2015 V Chart Awards Hot Trend Artist of the Year (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A [42]
19th China Music Awards Best Singer-Songwriter N/A [43]
Best Golden Song (Hong Kong/Taiwan) "Fly"
KU Music Asian Music Awards Most Popular Crossover Artist N/A [44]

Film and television[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2010 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer Echoes of the Rainbow [4]
Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild Award Best Newcomer - Silver Award [45]
30th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2013 1st China International Film Festival London Best New Actor One Night Surprise [37]
2014 14th Chinese Film Media Awards Outstanding Performance [10]
2015 17th Huading Awards Best Actor - Ancient Drama The Empress of China [12]


  1. ^ a b c "Aarif Rahman on his career, physique and thoughts on love". Time Out. 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Aarif Rahman and Janice Vidal to perform in Genting". Yahoo News. 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ "李治廷人气飙升 《岁月轻狂》引重播热潮(图)". Sina (in Chinese). 7 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Hong Kong Film Awards Announced". The Wall Street Journal. 19 April 2010.
  5. ^ "New Biopic Explores Bruce Lee's Life before Fame". The Hollywood Reporter. 27 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Q&A: Aarif Rahman". South China Morning Post. 4 December 2010.
  7. ^ "New Stills Released Featuring Aarif Lee in "Cold War"". Chinese Films. 22 October 2012.
  8. ^ ""一夜惊喜"曝男色剧照 李治廷蒋劲夫丹尼尔拼身材". Mtime (in Chinese). 4 June 2013.
  9. ^ Lee, Maggie (12 August 2013). "Film Review: 'One Night Surprise'". Variety.
  10. ^ a b "14th Chinese Film Media Awards held in Beijing". China Daily. 14 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Aarif Rahman rules as 'most handsome emperor'". The Straits Times. 7 May 2015.
  12. ^ 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). 10 August 2015.
  13. ^ "KIM Ha-neul to Star in Korea-China Co-production MAKING FAMILY". Kobiz. 17 November 2014.
  14. ^ "郭敬明《爵迹》再曝新演员 李治廷加盟(图)". ifeng (in Chinese). 21 May 2015.
  15. ^ "《寒战2》四方角力"城治"组合再掀波澜". Sina (in Chinese). 14 June 2016.
  16. ^ "《功夫瑜伽》破3亿 李治廷高能打戏获赞". Sina (in Chinese). 30 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Tsui Hark's new film to be screened in December". China Daily. 13 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Aarif Rahman Lee trained hard for Tsui Hark". Yahoo. 21 December 2017.
  19. ^ "《为你钟情》李治廷走红后一天工作14个小时". Netease (in Chinese). 1 September 2010.
  20. ^ "李治廷林欣彤献唱《我爱HK》 港式温情贺岁". Mtime (in Chinese). 26 January 2011.
  21. ^ "《倾城之泪》上海开机 周冬雨"爱上"李治廷". Mtime (in Chinese). 21 July 2011.
  22. ^ "《亲密敌人》首映 李治廷偷师徐静蕾成宅男代表". Sina (in Chinese). 9 December 2010.
  23. ^ "高晓松监制《北回归线》 李治廷吴昕畅聊爱情". Tencent (in Chinese). 15 September 2014.
  24. ^ "《怪谈》定档1月29 李治廷隔空约会文咏珊". Sina (in Chinese). 26 December 2014.
  25. ^ "Hong Kong actor hails China-UK film collaboration". China Daily. 7 June 2018.
  26. ^ "《古剑奇谭2》开机 李治廷搭档颖儿付辛博". Sina (in Chinese). 15 November 2016.
  27. ^ "《极客江湖》李治廷海归创业 喊景甜组队开黑遭拒". Sina (in Chinese). 8 December 2017.
  28. ^ "《白发王妃》开机 李治廷演绎痴情绝恋"白首之约"". Sohu (in Chinese). 16 April 2018.
  29. ^ "2009新城劲爆颁奖典礼获奖名单". Hunan TV (in Chinese). 26 December 2009.
  30. ^ "2009叱咤乐坛流行榜颁奖礼获奖名单(wap版)". Sina (in Chinese). 1 January 2010.
  31. ^ "容祖儿林峰卖碟获封销量王 杨千嬅意外落榜". Hnradio.com (in Chinese). 1 April 2010.
  32. ^ "第十届华语音乐传媒大奖". ifeng (in Chinese).
  33. ^ "2010新城国语力获奖名单". Sina (in Chinese). 7 August 2010.
  34. ^ "第七届《劲歌王》全球华人乐坛总选颁奖典礼". CNTV (in Chinese). 19 October 2010.
  35. ^ "第八届总选奖项设置以及得奖名单". CNTV.con (in Chinese). 18 November 2011.
  36. ^ "容祖儿九夺劲歌后 尚雯婕获最佳女歌手". 21cn.com (in Chinese). 19 March 2013.
  37. ^ a b "伦敦华语电影节揭晓 李治廷夺两项大奖". Sina (in Chinese). 8 December 2013.
  38. ^ "李治廷喜夺"音乐先锋榜"双奖 透露年初出新EP". Sohu (in Chinese). 2 December 2013.
  39. ^ "李治廷出席音乐颁奖礼 回归歌手斩获人气荣誉". Sohu (in Chinese). 18 April 2014.
  40. ^ "李治廷香港获创作奖 重心将回归音乐". Sina (in Chinese). 29 August 2014.
  41. ^ "2014《音乐先锋榜》年度颁奖典礼得奖名单". pengpeng.com (in Chinese). December 2014.
  42. ^ "Winner List 2015". YinYueTai.
  43. ^ "李治廷再唱《无字碑》 获华语榜中榜两项大奖". China Daily (in Chinese). 17 April 2015.
  44. ^ "李治廷:未来钱给老婆管". ifeng (in Chinese). 26 April 2015.
  45. ^ "第29届香港电影金像奖 李治廷获最佳新人奖". iqilu (in Chinese). 14 April 2010.

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