Chen Kun

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Chen Kun
Chen Kun 2007.jpg
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Kūn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Can4 Kwan1 (Cantonese)
Born (1976-02-04) February 4, 1976 (age 40)
Chongqing, China
Other name(s) Aloys Chen
Occupation Actor, Singer,
Genre(s) Mandopop
Voice type(s) Baritone
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 the 2001 television drama Love Story in Shanghai and the 2002 film Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. He rose to international prominence from 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.

Biography[edit]

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.

Although unmarried, Chen has one son born in 2002 named Youyou. Chen never intends to uncover the identity of Youyou's mother.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Chen debuted in the 1999 film The National Anthem,[1] 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. 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 local-produced romance film at that 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. He then starred in the Jiang Wen's black-comedy film Let the Bullets Fly, portraying his first antagonist role.

In 2011, he starred in the 3D wuxia film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. His 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.

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, playing the role of a middle-aged father. He reportedly received no wages for his appearance in the film. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the Discovery category at the London Film Festival. Chen also attended the 2013 International du Film de Femmes de Sale in Morocco, where he won Best Actor for his performance.

In 2015, he starred in 3D fantasy action film Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal alongside Li Bingbing; and Mojin: The Lost Legend alongside Shu Qi. Mojin was a huge commercial success, breaking box office records.[2]

In 2016, Chen starred in his first television variety Twenty Four Hours, an outdoor variety show co-produced by Chen himself. The first episode was broadcast on January 21 on Zhejiang Television and ranked first on its ratings slot nationally. On March, Chongqing Hot Pot which stars Chen and actress Bai Baihe premiered in cinemas. It was selected to be the opening film for the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

In October 2016, Chen was cast in two television dramas; republican spy drama The Escapee, and historical period drama The Rise of Phoenixes, marking his return to the small screen in 7 years.

Singing[edit]

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.

Book Publishing[edit]

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.[3]

Trivia[edit]

In 2012, Chen became the second Chinese male celebrity to have a wax figure of himself displayed at Madam Tussaud in Shanghai.

In 2013, Chen was voted Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Man 2013 after a fierce battle on PETAAsiaPacific.com by animal rights group PETA Asia. In 2014, he became the product ambassador of Huawei's Honor brand in China.[4]

As of July 2014, Chen has the most popular account on Sina Weibo with over 70 million followers. He is known as the "#1 Coser (Cosplayer)" in China.[5]

At the iQiyi Awards Night, Chen was crowned as the "Weibo King" and "Philanthropy King" for the year 2014.

In 2015, Chen became the global ambassador of Giorgio Armani Made to Measure campaign.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 The National Anthem
国歌
Nie Er
2002 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
巴尔扎克和小裁缝
Luo Ming
2003 Kung Fu Girls
中国功夫少女组
Tang Zheng Special appearance
2004 Baobei in Love
恋爱中的宝贝
Mao Mao Guest appearance
11th Beijing Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor
2005 A West Lake Moment
鸳鸯蝴蝶
Qin Nominated — 42nd Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
2006 The Music Box
理发师
Lu Ping 15th Shanghai Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated — 9th Shanghai International Film Festival for Best Actor
The Knot
云水谣
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
花花型警
Lincoln Lin
Painted Skin
画皮
Wang Sheng 30th Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor
2009 Mulan
花木兰
Wentai
The Founding of a Republic
建国大业
Chiang Ching-kuo 3rd Huading Awards for Annual Best Actor (Film)
2010 My Ex-wife's Wedding
跟我的前妻谈恋爱
Ma Yong
Let the Bullets Fly
让子弹飞
Hu Wan Nominated — 3rd China Film Directors' Guild Awards for Actor of the Year
2011 The Founding of a Party
建党伟业
Zhou Enlai
Rest on Your Shoulder
肩上蝶
Yan Guo Nominated — 14th Shanghai Television Festival for Best Actor
Love on Credit
幸福额度
Zhang Quan Special appearance
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
龙门飞甲
Yu Huatian / Wind Blade Nominated — 31st Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — 6th Asian Film Awards for Best Actor
2012 Qian Xuesen
钱学森
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
画皮II
General Huo Xin[7] 3rd LeTV Awards - Best Actor (Film)
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
狄仁杰之神都龙王
Wang Bo Guest appearance
2014 Bends
过界男女
Huang Zihui 2013 International du Film de Femmes de Sale - Best Actor
2015 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal
钟馗伏魔:雪妖魔灵2
Zhong Kui [8]
Mojin: The Lost Legend
寻龙诀
Hu Bayi
2016 Chongqing Hot Pot
火锅英雄
Liu Bo[9]
Beautiful Accident
美好的意外
Zhang Tao Special appearance

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Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love Story in Shanghai
像雾像雨又像风
Chen Zikun
Pink Ladies
粉红女郎
Romeo Guest appearance
Traveller Story
旅人的故事
Fang
Love in Sunshine
爱在阳光灿烂时
Ouyang Jun
2002 Only You
非你不可
Ke Lei
The Noble Family
买办之家
Yu Zikun Guest appearance
2003 The Story of a Noble Family
金粉世家
Jin Yanxi 3rd China Television Arts for "Top Ten Best" Actors (Best Actor award)
Farewell Vancouver
别了,温哥华
Luo Yi 14th Chunyan Awards for Best Actor
Red Carpet, Black Dream
红色地毯黑色梦
Lan Hao
Shuang Xiangpao
双响炮
Xu Heng Guest appearance
2004 Mingyang Hua Gu
名扬花鼓
Mingyang
Chinese Story
中国故事
Xiaodong appeared in the segment Brother's Story (哥们的故事)
Chang Jian Xiangsi
长剑相思
Yan Zhuiyun
2005 Tiandi Zhenqing
天地真情
Lin Shijie Guest appearance
Eager for True Love
渴望一份真爱的感觉
Hu An television film
Fengyu Xiguan
风雨西关
Liang Jinkun
Hero of the Year
好想好想谈恋爱
Lu Kun Guest appearance
2006 The Conquest
爭霸
Fan Li
2007 Zhu Jia Huayuan
朱家花園
Li Bowen
2008 Qing Zheng Jinsheng
情证今生
Zhou Hao
C'est La Vie, Mon Chéri
新不了情
Cheung Siu-kit
2009 Remembrance of Dreams Past
故梦
Lu Tian'en
2017 The Rise of Phoenixes
凰权弈天下
Ning Yi
The Escapee
脱身者

Discography[edit]

  • Osmosis (2004)
  • To Come True Again (2006)
  • Mystery&Me (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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 ..."
  2. ^ http://variety.com/2015/film/asia/china-box-office-mojin-1201666461/
  3. ^ http://en.tibetculture.net/index/lnews/201112/t20111228_1421332.htm
  4. ^ "Oppo unveils Chinese actress Mini Yang M as brand ambassador". GSM INSIDER. Retrieved 2015-04-17. 
  5. ^ 厂花?男神?陈坤!
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ (Chinese)陈坤曝《画皮Ⅱ》角色人妖难辨 冯绍峰玩性感
  8. ^ "http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/3-d-fantasy-zhong-kui-starts-china-shoot". Retrieved 2014-02-15.  External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ Marsh, James (March 23, 2016). "'Chongqing Hot Pot': HKIFF review". Screen Daily. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Brief Introduction of Chen Kun". ichenkun.com. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Chen Kun Profile". ichenkun.com. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 

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