Chen Kun

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Chen Kun
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Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Kūn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Can4 Kwan1 (Cantonese)
Born (1976-02-04) February 4, 1976 (age 41)
Chongqing, China
Other name(s) Aloys Chen
Occupation Actor, Singer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Voice type(s) Baritone
Label(s) K Pictures
Years active 1999–present
Children 1 son

Chen Kun (born February 4, 1976), sometimes credited as Aloys Chen, is a Chinese actor and singer. He has won the Hundred Flowers Award's for Best Actor, Huabiao Award for Best Actor, and has received one Golden Horse Award nomination for Best Actor.

Chen gained recognition from television dramas Love Story in Shanghai and The Story of a Noble Family. He rose to international prominence in the 2006 film The Knot and the 2008 fantasy film Painted Skin, which also garnered him a Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor. In 2015, he starred in the box office hit Mojin: The Lost Legend.


Chen was born in Chongqing. His parents divorced soon after Chen's second younger brother was born, and Chen began working part-time in high school to support his mother. He started as a typist at the municipal office and later as a solo singer at night clubs. He showed early talent in singing and was strongly recommended by his vocal trainer and mentor to join the China Oriental Song and Dance Ensemble (now China National Song and Dance Ensemble) at Beijing in 1995. In 1996, he was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy, where he began taking acting classes.

In 2010, Chen Kun established his own agency K Pictures (Dongshen Tonghua). In 2011, Chen published the book Head to East, in the Direction of Peace (往西,宁静的方向) as part of a series of public charities named "Power to Go," which were set up by Chen and aim to encourage people to simply go outside and walk, in an effort to improve their health and spirit. He also published a autobiographic book about Tibet.[1] At the 2014 iQiyi Awards Night, Chen was crowned as the "Weibo King" and "Philanthropy King" for his charity work.

Although unmarried, Chen has one son born in 2002 named Youyou. Chen does not intend to reveal the identity of Youyou's mother.



Chen debuted in the 1999 film The National Anthem,[2] and rose to prominence with the 2001 television drama Love in Shanghai.

Chen gained more recognition in 2002, after starring in Franco-Chinese romance film Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. The film was nominated the 55th Cannes Festival, which Chen attended together with his co-star Zhou Xun.

He rose to mainstream popularity in 2003, with the republican drama The Story of a Noble Family, adapted from the novel of the same name by Zhang Henshui. The series was a commercial success, and recorded the highest ratings of the year.[3] The role of Jin Yanxi became his most prolific work in his earlier years.

In 2005, he starred in A West Lake Moment, and was nominated as Best Actor for his performance at the Golden Horse Awards.

In 2006, Chen starred in the The Music Box, earning accolades for capturing his screen character's years of arduous life and as well as his struggles and joys. He then starred in The Knot. The film broke records to become the best-selling locally produced romance film of the time. It garnered 8 nominations at the 16th Golden Rooster Awards, including Best Actor for Chen. He also won Best Actor at the 2007 Huabiao Film Awards. As the male lead, Chen attended the film's premiere held at the 20th Tokyo Film Festival.

In 2008, he starred in Gordon Chan's horror-adventure film Painted Skin. The film was a box office and critic success. Chen's role as a general received acclaim, and he won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Chen participated in the patriotic tribute The Founding of a Republic as Chiang Ching-kuo, and was praised by the media and critics alike for his excellent portrayal of a passionate nationalist who was unable to prevent the fall of his party.[4] He then played his first antagonist role in Jiang Wen's black-comedy film Let the Bullets Fly.

In 2011, he starred in the 3D wuxia film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. Chen's dynamic portrayal of two distinct characters; the cold and cruel Yu Huatian and the witty and humorous Feng Lidao, won him Best Actor nominations at the Asian Film Awards and Hundred Flowers Awards. The dual roles marked a turning point in Chen's popularity and acting career, and has become one of his most representative works to date.[5][6]

In 2012, Chen played the role of Qian Xuesen in the biographic film Qian Xuesen. He received critical acclaim for his capturing his character's growth from young to old, as well as his inner thoughts. Once again, he was awarded the Best Actor award at the Shanghai Film Critics Awards. The same year, he starred in Painted Skin: The Resurrection, the sequel to the 2008 film Painted Skin. The film grossed over 700 million yuan to become the highest grossing Chinese film at that time.

In 2013, Chen starred in Bends. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the Discovery category at the London Film Festival.[7] Chen attended the 2013 International du Film de Femmes de Sale in Morocco, where he won Best Actor.[8]

In 2015, he starred in 3D fantasy action film Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal alongside Li Bingbing. Chen portrayed the main character Hu Bayi in Mojin: The Lost Legend, based on the popular adventure novel series "Ghost Blows out the Light".[9] Mojin was a huge commercial success, breaking several box office records.[10]

In 2016, Chen starred in Chongqing Hot Pot. It was selected to be the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The low-budget film won acclaim and gained traction through strong word-of-mouth.[11] The same year, he also guest-starred in romantic comedy Beautiful Accident.[12]

At the beginning of the year, Chen co-produced and starred in his first television variety Twenty Four Hours. The first episode was broadcast on January 21 on Zhejiang Television and ranked first on its ratings slot nationally.[13]

In October 2016, Chen was cast in republican spy drama The Escapee as twin brothers, and historical period drama The Rise of Phoenixes as a calculating and ambitious royal prince. These two dramas are co-produced by Chen himself, and also mark his return to the small screen in 9 years.


Apart from acting, Chen is also an established singer. He frequently performs theme songs for his television series and has released three full-length studio albums, winning Most Popular Male Vocalist at the MTV Asia Awards for his second album Come True Again. To support his third album Mystery&Me, he held his first solo concert in Beijing in February 2010.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The National Anthem
Nie Er
2002 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Luo Ming
2003 Kung Fu Girls
Tang Zheng Special appearance
2004 Baobei in Love
Mao Mao Guest appearance
11th Beijing Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
2005 A West Lake Moment
Qin Nominated — 42nd Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
2006 The Music Box
Lu Ping 15th Shanghai Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated — 9th Shanghai International Film Festival for Best Actor
The Knot
Chen Qiushui 10th Shanghai International Film Festival for Breakthrough Award
12th Huabiao Film Awards for Best Actor
11th Golden Phoenix Awards for Best Actor
14th Beijing Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
Nominated — 29th Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — 9th Changchun Film Festival for Best Actor
Nominated — 26th Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — 10th Shanghai International Film Festival for Best Actor
2007 The Door
Jiang Zhongtian 2nd University Student Festival for Students' Most Focused On Actor
2008 Playboy Cops
Lincoln Lin
Painted Skin
Wang Sheng 30th Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor
2009 Mulan
The Founding of a Republic
Chiang Ching-kuo 3rd Huading Awards for Annual Best Actor (Film)
2010 My Ex-wife's Wedding
Ma Yong
Let the Bullets Fly
Hu Wan Nominated — 3rd China Film Directors' Guild Awards for Actor of the Year
2011 The Founding of a Party
Zhou Enlai
Rest on Your Shoulder
Yan Guo Nominated — 14th Shanghai Television Festival for Best Actor
Love on Credit
Zhang Quan Special appearance
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Yu Huatian / Wind Blade Nominated — 31st Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — 6th Asian Film Awards for Best Actor
2012 Qian Xuesen
Qian Xuesen 21st Shanghai Film Critics Awards - Best Actor
Nominated — 11st Changchun Film Festival for Best Actor
Nominated — 19th Beijing Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
Painted Skin: The Resurrection
General Huo Xin[14] 3rd LeTV Awards - Best Actor (Film)
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
Wang Bo Guest appearance
2014 Bends
Huang Zihui 2013 International du Film de Femmes de Sale - Best Actor
2015 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal
Zhong Kui
Mojin: The Lost Legend
Hu Bayi
2016 Chongqing Hot Pot
Liu Bo[15]
Beautiful Accident
Zhang Tao Special appearance

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Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love Story in Shanghai
Chen Zikun
Pink Ladies
Romeo Guest appearance
Traveller Story
Love in Sunshine
Ouyang Jun
2002 Only You
Ke Lei
The Noble Family
Yu Zikun Guest appearance
2003 The Story of a Noble Family
Jin Yanxi 3rd China Television Arts for "Top Ten Best" Actors (Best Actor award)
Farewell Vancouver
Luo Yi 14th Chunyan Awards for Best Actor
Red Carpet, Black Dream
Lan Hao
Shuang Xiangpao
Xu Heng Guest appearance
2004 Mingyang Hua Gu
Chinese Story
Xiaodong appeared in the segment Brother's Story (哥们的故事)
Chang Jian Xiangsi
Yan Zhuiyun
2005 Tiandi Zhenqing
Lin Shijie Guest appearance
Eager for True Love
Hu An part of television film Absolute Privacy (绝对隐私)
Fengyu Xiguan
Liang Jinkun
Hero of the Year
Lu Kun Guest appearance
2006 The Conquest
Fan Li
2007 Zhu Jia Huayuan
Li Bowen
2008 Qing Zheng Jinsheng
Zhou Hao
C'est La Vie, Mon Chéri
Cheung Siu-kit
Remembrance of Dreams Past
Lu Tian'en
2017 The Escapee
Qiao Zhicai / Qiao Lijie
The Rise of Phoenixes
Ning Yi


Year Title Notes
2004 Osmosis (渗透) EP
2006 Make It Come True Again (再一次实现)
2009 Mystery & Me (谜ME)
Soundtracks and Other Singles
Year Title Album Notes
2005 "Forgetting" (忘却) Feng Yu Xi Guan OST
2006 "Conquest" (争霸) The Conquest OST
"It's Really Forever" (真永远)
2007 "Always Together, Never Leaving" (相随相依永不分离) Zhu Jia Hua Yuan OST
2008 Beijing Welcomes You (北京欢迎你) 2008 Summer Olympics Feature song
2011 "Power to Go" Power to Go (行走的力量) Charity theme song
"Promise of Love" (幸福宣言) Love on Credit OST
2016 "Looking for the Dragon Spell" (寻龙诀) Mojin:The Lost Legend OST

Endorsements and Ambassadorships[edit]

In 2012, Chen became the second Chinese male celebrity to have a wax figure of himself displayed at Madam Tussaud in Shanghai.[18] He was appointed as UNICEF Ambassador for China.[19]

In 2014, he became the product ambassador of Huawei's Honor brand in China.[20]

In 2015, Chen became the global ambassador of Giorgio Armani and luxury watch brand Baume et Mercier.[21][22]


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  2. ^ Beijing Review Volume 52 2009 p.42 "Ten years ago, while still a student in the Beijing Film Academy, Chen Kun was selected to play Nie Er, composer of the People's Republic's national anthem, in a tribute film. He said the experience of playing again in a tribute film benefited ..."
  3. ^ "The Story of a Noble Family is a bonafide ratings hit". Sohu. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Founding of a Republic is a commercial success, Chen Kun comes out as the dark horse". Sohu. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate receives the most Asian Film Award nominations". Asia Pacific Arts. 2012-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Chen Kun battles himself in new film". Sina. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Bends". Cannes. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "陈坤凭《过界》获摩洛哥萨累电影节影帝". Sina. 2013-10-11. 
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  13. ^ "New variety show is a sucess in the ratings game". Sohu. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  14. ^ (Chinese)陈坤曝《画皮Ⅱ》角色人妖难辨 冯绍峰玩性感
  15. ^ Marsh, James (March 23, 2016). "'Chongqing Hot Pot': HKIFF review". Screen Daily. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Brief Introduction of Chen Kun". Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Chen Kun Profile". Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Chen Kun reveals wax figure in Shanghai". MTime. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Chen Kun as ambassador for UNICEF". China Daily Online. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "Oppo unveils Chinese actress Mini Yang M as brand ambassador". GSM INSIDER. Retrieved 2015-04-17. 
  21. ^ "Chen Kun as ambassador for UNICEF". Armani. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "Chen Kun as ambassador for UNICEF". Baume et Mercier. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 

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